Natural candida supplement advice and information...
Supplements for Candida
In combination with a yeast-free diet, there are quite a few candida supplements that can help you overcome yeast overgrowth candida. Here are some ideas.
Ingesting probiotics is one of the most important things you can do to treat candida overgrowth. In the absence of these beneficial bugs, candida can proliferate to the point of causing illness. Supplementing with probiotics helps restore the right balance of flora in your system.
2. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Also known as GSE, this is a natural, powerful anti-fungal supplement. It is also a natural antibiotic, so it should be used in conjunction with probiotics. Unlike commercial antibiotics, though, GSE kills fungus as well. It comes in liquid or tablet form. The liquid is so bitter that it is unpalatable even when mixed into drinks, so tablets are the best bet for taking this supplement internally. Topical applications of watered-down GSE can help external fungal infections.
3. Vitamins and Minerals
Supplementation with vitamins and minerals is usually necessary for those suffering from candida overgrowth. The presence of the candida itself inhibits the absorption of important nutrients, so part of the healing process involves replenishing these. The B-complex vitamins are particularly important, as is vitamin C. Magnesium, calcium, zinc and copper are important minerals that are often deficient in those with candida. Find a good, bioavailable vitamin and mineral supplement to take along with your anti-fungal diet.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
The powerful yeast-killing properties of apple cider vinegar (ACV) can really help candida. Look for raw, unpasteurized ACV, as this has the active components that can kill yeast. You can combine ACV with ginger, another natural anti-fungal herb, in this tangy drink:
Mix 2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered honey, 2 tablespoons ACV, and a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger in a glass. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water and serve over ice. Incidentally, raw honey also has anti-fungal properties. You'll never see mold growing on even an old jar of raw honey!
Another way to incorporate ACV into your diet is to make salad dressing with it. Try incorporating it into any candida-friendly recipes calling for vinegar.
5. Detox Supplements
There are commercially-available detoxification supplements available. Usually in capsule form, these "cleanses" contain various substances that are said to rid the body of yeast. They are used in conjunction with an anti-candida diet.
Another natural anti-fungal and antibiotic, garlic is a very effective supplement for candida. Take capsules, or eat a clove or two of garlic daily.
7. Pau D’Arco Bark
In its native countries of Brazil and Argentina, the pau d'arco tree does not produce fungus like the other trees in the forest. Its inner bark contains anti-fungal components that are on par with those found in ketoconazole, a prescription anti-fungal drug.
It's not always easy knowing what candida supplement and treatment to choose.
To help you with your choices, you may also want to take a look at our Candida Supplement Threelac advice pages as well as learn more about the natural candida diet.