Candida can affect many areas of the body with symptoms ranging from innocuous, to mil, to severe
At greatest risk are those with severe immune dysfunction
Sugar, ultra-refined foods, and trans-fats are likely to worsen candidiasis
Medium-chain triglycerides reduce candidiasis
Omega-3 fats are likely to aid the treatment of candidiasis
Many herbs exhibit anti-candida activity’
Mushrooms such as Reishi may also be of benefit to candida treatment
Candida albicans is a pathogenic yeast that is found in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth of at least 25% of healthy adults.1 It is the main Candida species responsible for candidiasis—symptoms caused by an overgrowth of these yeasts.
Candida is present in many people and may cause symptoms and effects that are mild to moderate (yet often very uncomfortable) in most people, through to very severe, and candidiasisis especially dangerous for those with compromised immune systems (those with HIV or cancer in particular) who are unable to adequately launch immune responses to deal with the yeast. In severe cases of immune dysfunction, candidiasis can be fatal. Candidiasis is typically treated with antifungal drugs amphotericin B, echinocandin, or fluconazole but nutrition may play a valuable role in helping to treat candida overgrowth. Candidiasis is known as ‘thrush’ (especially in the mouth) or as vaginal thrush or ‘yeast infection’ when found in the vagina.
- White-to-yellow patches on the tongue or other areas of the mouth and throat
- Mouth or throat soreness and problems swallowing
- Genital itching or ‘burning’ sensation
- White “cottage cheese-like” discharge from the vagina
- Itchy rash
- Itching skin
- Possibly many other symptoms
Candida is also one of the fungi known to be a cause of skin and nail infections known collectively as tinea.