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Apr 152011
 

If you’ve made it to this page,  then you’re already aware of how candida overgrowth,  or a state of dysbiosis,   can wreak havoc in the human body.  I’ve covered in other posts what it is,  what it means,  and what can cause it.  In this post,  I’ll cover a list of supplements that can help you overcome candida overgrowth.

Garlic

Garlic is one of the oldest,  and a very effective remedy for candida overgrowth.  It should be included in any plan,  either in it’s whole form (clove),  or as a supplement.  Garlic has also been used to treat chest infections,  fever,  wounds,  parasites,  stomach ulcers,  and kidney problems.

Garlic has been shown to be anti-fungal,  anti-bacterial,  anti-carcinogenic,  and of great benefit to the circulatory and immune system.  It lowers cholesterol naturally,  and helps the body detox from all of the pollutants in our modern society.  People that suffer from chronic cystitis have found that the regular use of garlic can clear their symptoms and eliminate the need for antibiotics.  Some people have found that garlic increases energy and relieves depression.  It is also a good source of trace minerals such as iron,  copper,  zinc,  and selenium.

Garlic is useful against a large variety of fungal,  bacterial,  and parasitic infections.  The fumes from fresh pressed garlic have been shown to kill fungus in a laboratory setting.  It kills the unhealthy organisms in the gut,  protects the body from toxins,  and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.  It also aids digestion.

The most basic way to enjoy the anti-candida effects of garlic is to consume the raw clove.  This can have certain drawbacks due to the pungent aroma of garlic.  Crush the raw clove to help release the essential oils.  If you choose to add it to food while cooking,  you must add it at the very end of the cooking process.  Some recommend to do this 3 times a day.  Be sure to take with lots of water.

Due to it’s aromatic nature,  many people prefer to take garlic in a supplement form.  These are inexpensive and widely available,  but the active ingredient allicin may be reduced during processing.  Allicin is essential for anti-candida activity.

Caprylic Acid

This is a fatty acid that is naturally occurring in many foods.  It selectively inhibits the growth of yeasts,  and does not kill the beneficial lactobacillus bacteria.  Side effects are rare,  and it can be found at many health food/supplement stores.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw,  unpasturized,  apple cider vinegar (with mother) is an old folk remedy that has stood the test of time.  It’s most common use is for the treatment of heartburn,  but it has been shown to inhibit yeast,  and supplements the gut’s healthy bacteria.  It has also been used as a basic health tonic.  This is normally only available at health food stores.

Probiotics

Probiotics combat candida by providing healthy bacteria to compete for space in the intestinal tract.  Probiotics are a logical step to take in preventing a state of intestinal dysbiosis,  in this case yeast overgrowth.

Probiotics can come in the form of both food and supplements.

Probiotic Foods

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Cottage cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Raw sauerkraut
  • Buttermilk

An easier,  and more effective way to go is to take a probiotic supplement.  You can get a wider variety of strains this way,  more live bugs,  and they are often shielded from stomach to release in the intestines.  There are other supplemented foods such as drinks,  yogurts,  etc…  But a capsule is the best way.

Other Anti-Candida Herbs

  • Oil of oregano
  • Grape seed extract
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Medicinal mushroom extract
  • Grapefruit seed extract