Treat Candida Overgrowth Naturally with Natural Antifungal Supplements
Many people prefer to choose natural remedies over pharmaceutical medications. You can treat various medical conditions and ailments naturally through natural supplements or modifications to your diet. Part 2 of Supplements to Fight Candida Overgrowth--Natural Antifungal Supplements will introduce you to even more natural supplements to fight Candida overgrowth.
Your first question may be "What is Candida overgrowth?" Candida overgrowth or Candidiasis is a fungal infection and the overgrowth of yeast. Systematic Candidiasis occurs where you have Candida overgrowth throughout your body which can cause numerous problems such as recurrent yeast infections, acid reflux, skin problems, digestive problems, mood swings, headaches, low sex drive, and more.
Candidiasis can be treated with the Candida diet in conjunection with antifungal supplements. The natural supplements in this guide will not only treat Candida overgrowth, but all types of fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, yeast infections, jock itch, andfungal ear infections. When treating Candida overgrowth, natural antifungal supplements should be used in combination with each other to prevent the Candida from adapting to one particular antifungal regimen.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract is a natural, non-toxic remedy that has been found to outperform many pharmaceutical antifungals and antibiotics. Grapefruit Seed Extract boosts your immune system and helps repair liver cells that may be damaged by toxins released by Candida. Studies have also revealed those who take Grapefruit Seed Extract see a marked improvement in constipation, flatulence, and abdominal discomfort.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is made by mixing grapefruit seeds and pulp in an acidic liquid. Grapefruit Seed Extract is sold either as a liquid concentrate or in tablets. If you take the liquid concentrate of Grapefruit Seed Extract, take 10 drops in water three times per day. If you take Grapefruit Seed Extract in tablet form, take 100 to 200 mg three times per day. There have been no reported side effects of Grapefruit Seed Extract and it is non-toxic, but it is recommended that in the interest of caution, pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive Leaf Extract is predictably derived from the leaves of the olive tree. It contains an active ingredient, Oleuropein, which has been shown to be effective in killing Candida. Olive Leaf Extract is a natural antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antibiotic. Olive Leaf Extract also has double the antioxidant capacity of green tea and therefore, can help prevent your body from aging and illness. Olive Leaf Extract fights Candida by stimulating your immune system and stabilizing blood sugar levels. It is also a natural energy boost.
Olive Leaf Extract ca be taken in a capsule or as a tea. Take 2 capsules 3 times per day with each meal in order to fight Candida overgrowth. Once Candida is under control, drink 1 to 3 cups of Olive Leaf Extract tea daily to prevent against regrowth of Candida. Due to the risk of Candida die off symptoms, start of with small doses of Olive Leaf Extract and increase the dosage gradually. Also, be sure to drink lots of water when taking Olive Leaf Extract. Olive Leaf Extract should not be taken by those who are pregnant, breast feeding, diabetic, or taking medications of high blood pressure.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals and is therefore, extremely effective at treating Candida. Oregano Oil also has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. One study has also show Oil of Oregano may be effective at preventing cancer. Oil of Oregano is particularly effective at treating Candida overgrowth because Candida yeast does not develop a resistance to Oregano Oil like it does other antifungals. In addition to being used to treat Candida, Oil of Oregano has been used to treat respiratory conditions, digestive health, clear skin, and allergies. Oil of Oregano also promotes a healthy immune system.
Oregano Oil can be purchased as a liquid or in capsules. Either take 3 drops of Oregano Oil in water twice daily, gradually increasing to 6 drops twice daily, or 1 to 2 capsules of Oregano Oil twice daily after meals. Oil of Oregano should not be taken by people with iron deficiencies because it temporarily inhibits the body's ability to absorb iron. Pregnant women should also avoid Oregano Oil because it could increase blood flow to the uterus and weaken the lining surrounding the fetus.
Oregon Grape is the state flower of Oregon and it is an evergreen shrub not a grape. In addition to being used to fight Candida, Oregon Grape has been used to treat ailments such as diarrhea and psoriasis. Oregon Grape is effective at treating Candida because it contains Berberine, also found in Goldenseel. Berberine inhibits the growth of Candida and regulates blood sugar levels. Berberine also stimulates the immune system.
Oregon Grape can be consumed as a tea or tincture. The tea can be made by boiling 2 teaspoons of Oregon Grape root in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. In order to fight Candida, you should drink 2 to 3 cups of Oregon Grape tea. If you purchase the tincture, take half a teaspoon of Oregon Grape tincture three times per day. Oregon Grape should not be taken by those who are pregnant, who are breast feeding, who have liver disease, who have heart disease, or who have other serious medical conditions.
Cloves are an effective natural remedy for suppressing Candida both in the mouth and in the intestines. Cloves are also an effective natural remedy to treat other conditions such as indigestion, diarrhea, hernia, and ringworm.
Clove extract is most effective as an antifungal when in the form of an oil. To treat Candida overgrowth, add 15 to 30 drops of Clove Oil to warm water and drink 1 to 3 times per day. You should consult with your doctor before taking Clove Oil if you are pregnant, breast feeding, seriously ill, or have gastrointestinal problems. The following side effects have been reported where Cloves have been taken in too great a quantity: vomiting, sore throat, seizure, sedation, difficulty breathing, hematemesis, kidney failure, liver damage, erectile dysfunction, prolonged ejaculation, and stomach irritation.
Before starting any new supplement regimen, be sure to consult with your doctor.
Learn more about fighting Candida overgrowth naturally at Supplements to Fight Candida Overgrowth--Natural Antifungal Supplements: Part 1.