Candida yeasts are microscopic fungi that are found around the skin, mouth or intestines. They are usually harmless, but they can cause infections when the body’s defenses are weakened. Plants have their own defenses against yeasts and other fungi, and some produce compounds that are toxic to fungi.
A good example is lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid, widely studied for its antimicrobial and antimycotic effects. The coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid! This makes it one of the richest dietary sources of lauric acid, otherwise we would rarely find it in large quantities in food.
Laboratory experiments suggest that lauric acid is very effective against Candida infections, and coconut oil may have similar effects. For this reason, using coconut oil as a mouthwash, a method known as oil pulling, could be a useful strategy against Candida infections (canker sores) in the mouth.
Conclusion : Laboratory experiments indicate that one of the main components of coconut oil, lauric acid, may be effective against Candida infections. However, human trials are required to confirm these results.
Several factors can make some people more prone to Candida infections, such as diabetes and a weakened or suppressed immune system. The antibiotics can also increase the risk, since the high doses eliminates or kill a portion of beneficial bacteria in the intestine.
These bacteria are part of the body’s natural defenses against Candida yeasts. They protect against infections by competing with them for space and nutrients. Consumption of probiotics can help restore populations of beneficial bacteria. Probiotics are live bacteria that are usually found in fermented foods, such as yogurt with active cultures. They can also be taken in supplements.
Studies suggest that probiotics may be a useful preventive or complementary treatment against Candida infections. A study of 215 elderly patients showed that taking pills containing two strains of probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri for 12 weeks significantly reduced the amount of Candida yeast in the mouth. Another study of 65 patients with Candida infections in the mouth found that taking probiotics significantly improved the efficacy of a conventional antifungal treatment.
The probiotics may also reduce the growth of Candida in the intestine, and there is some evidence that capsules with probiotic Lactobacillus may be effective against vaginal yeast infections.
Summary : Probiotics can reduce the growth of Candida and protect against infections in the mouth. Capsule supplements can also be effective.
3. A low sugar diet
Yeasts are very fond of sugar and grow faster when available. In fact, elevated blood sugar levels increase the risk of Candida infections.
In an animal study, sugar increased the growth of Candida in the digestive system of mice with weakened immune systems. In a human study, rinsing with dissolved sugar (sucrose) has been associated with a greater number of yeasts in the mouth and increased infections.
On the other hand, another study in humans found that a diet with a rich sugar content had no effect on the growth of Candida in the mouth or digestive system. However, human trials in this area are limited, and more research is needed. And, although a low sugar diet may not always be effective against yeast, eliminating or at least reducing the sugar in your diet will improve your health in many other ways.
Conclusion : Candida yeasts favor high-sugar environments. However, there is limited evidence of the benefits of a low sugar diet against Candida infections.
The garlic is another good example of a healthy food from the plant kingdom with strong antifungal properties. This is due in part to allicin, an antifungal substance that forms when fresh garlic is crushed, crushed or crushed. When administered to mice in high amounts, allicin appears to combat Candida infections, but is slightly less effective than the antifungal fluconazole.
Test tube experiments also indicate that garlic extract may reduce the ability of yeast to bind to cells lining the mouth. However, it should be noted that garlic provides only small amounts of allicin, while most studies have used large amounts of allicin alone.
A 14-day study in women found that taking garlic supplements in capsules had no effect on vaginal yeast infections. In general, more clinical trials are needed to confirm whether eating garlic has any value in the treatment of candida in humans. However, using garlic to flavor food is safe and healthy. It could also work well along with conventional Candida treatments.
However, you should consider that the use of raw garlic in sensitive areas, such as the mouth, can be harmful and cause serious chemical burns.
Summary : Allicin, found in garlic, acts against Candida. However, it is still unclear whether eating garlic has any effect on fungal infections.
The curcumin is one of the main active components of turmeric, a spice highly popular India. Laboratory experiments indicate that curcumin can kill Candida yeasts, or at least reduce their growth. Another experiment indicates that curcumin may reduce yeast capacity to bind to the cells of the mouth of HIV patients. Curcumin was actually more effective than fluconazole, an antifungal drug. Unfortunately, available evidence is limited to test tube experiments, and it is unclear whether curcumin supplements have any clinical relevance in humans.
Conclusion : Curcumin, one of the active components of turmeric, can kill Candida yeasts. However, the evidence is limited to test tube experiments and human trials are needed before making compelling claims.
Final words on Candida albicans infections
Candida infections or other fungus are unpleasant. If you think you may have these infections, it is best to consult your doctor immediately for an anti-fungal medication. However, fungal infections can be recurrent or even drug resistant.
If you tend to suffer from candida infections on a recurring basis, following a healthy diet or taking supplements such as probiotics may help.
By themselves, these diet strategies are far from being a magic remedy. But as a preventive measure, or next to the medication, it can make the difference.
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