Several herbs and foods possess active ingredients with natural antifungal properties that prevent or treat excessive yeast growth in the human body. Inevitably, yeast infections are a problem for many people. Candida yeasts, especially Candida albicans, most often cause them. If you think you may have a yeast infection, you should first talk to your medical provider. However, several foods and dietary changes may also help you. Here are some everyday foods which you can switch to fight Candida infections.
Plain yogurt without added sweetener or probiotic live cultures is a great food yeast infection preventative. Probiotics are viable microorganisms utilized for health benefits, especially for the healthy digestive system (1). Probiotic-rich foods assist in restoring the gut flora to normal balance, promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria and killing the harmful ones (2).
A recent study has proven that the ingestion of yogurt consisting of probiotics along with Lactobacillus acidophilus help in the suppression of yeast overgrowth (3). Another review of research has found that certain kinds of probiotics combat some yeasts that cause vaginal infection (4). Other research has suggested that probiotic Lactobacillus enhances the activity of antifungal medications which are consumed by women suffering from vaginal yeast infection. (5)
Oil of Oregano:
One of the essential oils known to have excellent health benefits is oregano oil. A study found that oregano oil can inhibit the activity and the growth of Candida albicans, one of the most common causative agents causing vaginal yeast infections (6). This study proved that oregano oil was more effective in fighting yeast overgrowth than the prescription antifungal drug clotrimazole. Another study confirmed similar findings that showed growth inhibition of Candida albicans (7). Another research study provides the same evidence of the effectiveness of oregano oil against Candida albicans (8).
Cranberry juice is beneficial in urinary tract infections as it prevents the formation of Candida albicans (9). Although studies have not exhibited its benefit in curing Candida albicans in the vagina, some women have claimed to have excellent results. In addition, cranberry juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, which supports the prevention of yeast infections.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar prevents and treats the excessive growth of bacteria and yeast in our body as it has both antimicrobial and antifungal properties. For example, a study has found that apple cider vinegar retards the growth of Candida albicans (10). In fact, yeast infections which are unresponsive to conventional treatment options can be treated effectively with apple cider vinegar (11).
Garlic possesses antifungal properties and has shown effectiveness in reducing the number of yeast cells in the course of yeast infection. Garlic and garlic oil possess well-known antifungal properties. Studies have even proven their antifungal activity against Candida albicans (12). Another study has demonstrated the effectiveness of garlic as a Candida killer (13).
Research has examined the results of utilizing a solution of garlic on sores inside the mouth and has found that it was efficacious in retarding the number of Candida albicans cells. However, it was not as efficacious as utilizing nystatin, an antifungal treatment (14).
Vitamin C is an excellent booster of the immune system and plays a significant role in healthy skin. One of the superb ways to bring the body back to its natural balance is to build the immune system strong.
Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid and consists of antimicrobial components, so the addition of vitamin C in the diet helps treat excessive growth of Candida.
Vitamin C has outstanding antifungal and antimicrobial effects and can be consumed orally as a remedy for fighting yeast infections (15). Vitamin C can be taken by eating citrus fruits and leafy greens or consuming vitamin C supplements. Increasing the intake of vitamin C boosts the body’s ability to beat yeast infections.
Another essential oil for treating Candida albicans is Lemongrass essential oil. Its vapours can be inhaled easily for incredible results. A study has proven the effectiveness of the vapour method in treating excessive yeast growth (16). In addition, this oil has a strong anti-inflammatory property, so a reduction in inflammation helps reduce itching and burning linked to yeast infections.
Curcumin is one of the main active components of turmeric, a popular Indian spice. Another study suggested that curcumin may reduce yeasts’ ability to attach to cells from the mouths of people with HIV. Curcumin was more effective than fluconazole, an antifungal drug (17).
About The Author
Dan Jackowiak, Nc, HHP, is the Founder of Yeast Infection Advisor. Dan is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner and Nutritional Consultant that personally suffered from yeast and bad bacterial overgrowth of the gut for most of his life. The information on his website is a combination of his own nutrition and holistic training, life experiences, collaboration with fellow experts on his team, and over 18 years of studying medical research on candida yeasts infections of all types, which has allowed him to take his life and health back help others overcome yeast-related health problems and digestive problems of all kinds.
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