The body plays host to a multitude of microorganisms, and a proper balance among them is a key to good health. While bacteria are the most common, we also carry another microorganism, a yeast called Candida albicans. Normally present in small amounts along the gastrointestinal tract, in the vagina, and on the skin, Candida overgrowth (candidiasis) is usually kept in check by the immune system and by the body’s “good” bacteria. Problems arise when Candida start to grow out of control in one or more locations.
- GOLDENSEAL, OREGON GRAPE AND BARBERRY are all berberine-containing herbs which are able to counteract Candida overgrowth.
- GARLIC (Allium sativum) enhances immunity and reduces Candida counts and inhibits growth.
- OREGANO, ROSEMARY, OR THYME ESSENTIAL OILS. Recent laboratory studies show that oregano oil is much more potent than caprylic acid in defeating candida.
- ECHINACEA boosts the immune system and helps the body battle yeast infections.
- CAPRYLIC ACID has antifungal actions; taken orally it can lessen the Candida yeast’s ability to grow and replicate.
- PROBIOTICS to help maintain a healthy balance of “friendly” bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and vagina.
- SACCHAROMYCES BOULARDII (SB) increases levels of IgA, an antibody produced by the intestine that is helpful in combating Candida overgrowth.
- SIL YMARIN. Candida-related toxins suppress the liver’s normal ability to remove toxins. This suppression accounts for many multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies.
- DIGESTIVE ENZYMES. Low enzyme levels, inadequate stomach acid or pancreatic enzymes, can lead to Candida overgrowth syndrome.