Top Candida fighting foods

 

Eating the right foods is the most important aspect of getting Candida under control and building up the immune system. Adding these foods to your diet will greatly increase your chances of ridding your body of an infection. Let thy food by your medicine and in this case, you will be doing everything possible to help your immune system overcome Candida. These foods can be taken in different ways, and for the most part you can start your day off incorporating most of these foods into smoothies or even soups.

Garlic

Garlic has a number of sulphur containing compounds which show very potent broad-spectrum anti-fungal properties with allicin one of the main ones. Most supplements will contain allicin which is one of the most widely researched.

To get the benefits, its recmmoned to use Fresh garlic as its significantly more potent than pill or supplement form. Adding fresh garlic to food (raw and crushed), or crushing and swallowing raw clove is a cheap and powerful anti-fungal treatment.  As well as stimulating the the immune system, its acts as a powerful antioxidant and natural antibiotic.

Pau Darco

Pau Darco comes from The Teheebo tree and grows  mainly in Argentina and Brazil and has been used for centuries by the native inhabitants of the region for it’s medicinal properties.

Pau Darco is said to have the following benefits

  • Anti fungal and anti microbial properties
  • Promotes heatlhy blood
  • Strengthens the immune system

Its best form to take it is in tea form and can be drunk up to 3 times a day. You can order it online or order it from your local health food store. You need to make sure of its source as there are a number of dubious sources

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a safe, natural antifungal that you should look to use in your fight against Candida

The Candida fighting ingredients are Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid. These medium-chain saturated fatty acids are potent antifungal agents and as well as killing Candida, they help kill bacteria, viruses and fungi by causing their cell walls to disintegrate. Coconut oil, in fact, is just as effective as fluconazole for treating candida. Researchers from Nigeria in 2007 publsihed an article that described in an experiment showing candida killing properties of coconut oil. When coconut oil was used undiluted, all the candida strains that they tested were killed. In the same test, the anti fungal fluconazole showed that the Candida strains survived.

Cooking with coconut oil is an excellent way to get more of this oil into your diet. Don’t worry about the taste of your food being of coconut as it does’t have any taste residue. You can use it instead of your other cooking oils. It has a high smoke point and a great oil to use for roasting You will find that the best coconut cooking oils are the extra virgin and organic coconut oils kind which can now be found in most national supermarkets.

Turmeric can be an effective treatment of Candida due to the active ingredient in it which is curcumin. Curcumin has the ability to strengthen the immune system and also its anti inflammatory which means it can reduce some of the inflammation in the gut caused by candida.

There was a study carried out where the anti-Candida activity of curcumin was studied in Swiss mice. When curcumin was combined with piperine, it was found that there had been a reduction in the fungal growth in the kidneys of the mice. It was also seen that there was a degrading of the  Candida cells as curcumin could induce oxidative stress in yeast cells. Due to curcumin antioxidant abilities it can fight free radicals which allows the immune system to function better and fight off yeast infections.

A great spice to add to your curries and smoothies.

Fermented Foods

There is a bit of a debate going on with fermented foods and Candida, however, if you have candida, it’s safe to consume fermented and cultured foods.. Fermented foods are rich in lactic acid bacteria that can help to control Candida and bacterial overgrowth. They also contain important enzymes and bacteria that help digest food. Eating these foods help to produce friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract which in turns aids digestion. A note of caution with all fermented foods is to introduce them very slowly. Most people who have Candida will have gut issues and loading your gut with huge amounts of lactic acid will only cause more digestive distress. As much as you want to improve, introducing fermented foods should be done slowly and starting with as little as a spoonful at a time and see how you react. The other point to be aware of is buying commercially products in supermarkets that contain sugar and vinegars and will make Candida worse. Its best buying these foods from your local health food stores.

If you look at the labels of a lot of the commercially available yogurts, they generally have sugars and processed fruits which is definitely a health benefit. A lot of the techniques used to make these commercial available fermented foods effectively kill off all the lactic acid producing bacteria which is kills the lactic acid and the very benefits they are meant to bring in the first place. fermented foods such as coconut kefir, Kim chi, tempeh, natto, goats cheeses, miso, and many gourmet pickled and soured vegetables are a great source of fermented foods to add to your diet.

Kombucha is the only fermented food you need to avoid as it contains wild strains of yeast making it ever so slightly alcoholic due to the activity of the yeast.

Ginger

Ginger contains gingerols and shogaols which are the the anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal components of the ginger root.

These components have shown to effectively prevent candida overgrowth. A study  was published in the 2009 issue of the American Journal of Applied Sciences  which compared the effects of a ginger extract to a common antifungal medication against oral candida yeast infection. It was found that ginger significantly suppressed candida growth due to the anti-microbial effects, including gingerol and shagelol. In another experiment which shows its effectiveness, colonies of Candida albicans were cultured in the laboratory, and then were injected with increasing quantities of ginger extracts. The ginger extracts had been  treated with ethanol and their effect on the colonies were studied over a short period  (24 to 48 hours). As a control the colonies were injected with ethanol. It was observed that after 24 hours the solution containing ginger had the maximum effect on the Candida colonies.

Ginger can be consumed a number of ways, by having ginger grated into boiling water and having it as a tea. Using it in cooking, especially Asian food and adding at least a thumb size piece to smoothies or soups. It also gives a great zingy taste and add a depth of flavour to juicing.

Cloves

Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree from the Maluku islands in Indonesia. They are harvested primarily in Indonesia, Sri Lanks, Madagascar, India, and Sri Lanka.

Cloves have shown to have antibacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic properties with Eugenol being the main compound responsible for the strong medicinal effects. A great way to take cloves is to use in tea. You can  this by steeping the dried buds in boiling water for five to ten minutes and then drinking it slowly.

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