Candida albicans, a yeast, is part of your gut flora – the microorganisms found in your mouth and digestive tract. It is found in your genital area, intestines, mouth, throat, and urinary areas, and does not usually have any ill effects. However, under certain conditions – such as having a compromised immune system, using certain detergents, chronic antibiotic use, taking oral birth control, consuming excess sugar, or having diabetes – it can grow uncontrolled, resulting in the infection candidiasis.
There are many symptoms of candidiasis. Men usually get red sores near their penis or foreskin while women may have vaginal burning, discharge, or itching. The most common symptoms include abdominal pain, anxiety, bloating, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, intestinal gas, muscle aches, and muscle weakness. However, you may also have chronic rashes or itching, food sensitivity, headaches, moodiness, rectal itching, sinusitis, or a white tongue. Men may also have prostate inflammation. If you suspect you have candidiasis, see your healthcare provider, who will test the infected area.
Candidiasis can be treated. Your symptoms – which often mimic the flu – may get worse for a week or two as the yeast die off. Then, about three weeks after beginning treatment, the budding yeast expire. This can cause the symptoms to resurface.
Supplements to treat candidiasis
• Arginine – Except under a doctor’s supervision, do not take if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or herpes.
• B-complex vitamins
• Candicid Forte or CandiBactin – These multi-vitamins contain many helpful nutrients, including red thyme oil, sage leaf, barberry root, and grape seed extract.
• Glutamine – If you have a sensitivity to monosodium glutamate (MSG), use glutamine with caution. If you are taking medications for seizures, only take glutamine under the direction of your doctor.
• Molybdenum – Check your copper levels after molybdenum supplementation because the two minerals are antagonistic.
Supplements for long-term management of yeast overgrowth
• Garmma-linolenic acid (GLA)
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E – Take mixed tocopherols, the more active type of vitamin E. Consult your doctor if you are taking a blood thinner.