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How To Heal Candida

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

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It goes without saying that if you have a serious problem with candida, you should try to get a doctor to treat it. This post is meant for people with candida that want to treat it themselves, in which case it’s probably not very serious or your doctors aren’t helpful.

What Causes Candida?

Candida comes from an immune deficiency, particularly a deficiency in Th17 cells [1] and Th1 cells [2] and an increase in Th2 cells [2]. For this reason, you’d want to focus on supplements that increase the Th1 immune response and decrease the Th2 immune response.

Triggers for Candida

Environmental triggers include refined carbs, stress, low stomach acidity (could be from antacids) and antibiotics. Anybody with brain fog after antibiotic treatment and/or a particularly stressful period should look into candida as being the cause, although it isn’t certain that candida is the cause.

Refined carbs make candida grow by feeding it directly and stomach acid suppresses candida growth. Antibiotics cause candida indirectly by killing off bacteria that suppress candida. Stress also increases candida indirectly by suppressing the immune system.

Brain Fog and Candida

People with candida or bacterial infections will often have a chronic type of brain fog. The mechanism fits in with the mechanism for almost all other types of brain fog: inflammation and oxidative stress. Candida increases TNF-alpha and IL-1 [3] (as well as IL-6 [3]), which are inflammatory cytokines and this leads to OS. Watch this video demonstrating how this takes place.

Candida can infect many areas of the body and supplements that inhibit candida in one place may not inhibit candida in another location.

The Following Exhibit Activity With Candida

I’ve had clients who mentioned they had a resistant strain of candida and that’s why they didn’t want to take fluconazole. If this is the case it doesn’t mean fluconazole won’t help, it only means it won’t completely kill the infection by itself.

Candida can usually be cured through conventional and alternative means. I recommend getting a reliable test to confirm this diagnosis before going crazy with these supplements.

Eventually, when I get enough time, I will break down the mechanism’s by which each substance kills candida and formulate a protocol to encompass all of the ways to kill candida. Also, these lists aren’t comprehensive.

As always, consult with your doctor.

Most Highly Recommended for Combating Candida

  • Nystatin (drug) – doesn’t cross the gut barrier
  • Fluconazole (drug)
  • Voriconazole (drug) [4]
  • LLLT [5, 6, 7] – place this on your gut
  • Coconut oil [8, 9] This is a super candida destroyer because it contains many types of fatty acids that inhibit candida: Capric acid [8], Saturated Fat [8], Lauric acid [8] and MCT oil [8].
  • Probiotics (Swanson) and Prescript assist B longum [10], L Rhamnosus [11], L Reuteri, Acidophilus. Acidophilus converts-thiocyanate to hypothiocyanite which is more toxic [12]
  • Saccharomyces Boulardii [13, 14]
  • Undecylenic acid [15]
  • Berberine – synergistic with AmphoB and Fluconazole [16, 17]
  • Raw honey [18] and Propolis [19]
  • Lactoferrin [20]
  • Sodium Butyrate [21]
  • Clay [22]
  • Lectins like ConA [23] by consuming whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, tubers. N-acetyl galactosamine, mannose, and sialic acid binding lectins [24, 25]
  • Elecare Jr – in conjunction with probiotics. By only consuming glucose without too much fat, no carbs will go to your small intestines
  • Uva Ursi (commonly used)
  • Cat‘s Claw (commonly used)
  • Pau D’arco (commonly used)
  • Gymnema (commonly used)
  • High-dose biotin (commonly used)
  • Tulsi [26, 27], – also has Eugenol [28]
  • Reishi [29]
  • Bacopa [30]
  • Noni [31]
  • Bromide [32] (plenty in fish)
  • Potassium iodide [33]
  • Oregano oil/Carvacrol [28]
  • Kombucha
  • Apple Cider Vinegar [34] – has Acetic acid [10]
  • Increase stomach acidity via HCL supplements [34] or Chewing Gum
  • Ginseng [35]
  • Garlic /Allicin – synergistic with Fluconazole [36, 37], haven’t found any garlic supplements better than raw garlic
  • Onions [38]
  • Amla [39]
  • Grapefruit seed extract [40] – mainly because of anecdotal reports, but be careful with the quality of this supplement is suspect
  • Peppermint [41]
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as Cabbage [42]. These also have I3C, which is active against candida [43]
  • Xylitol
  • Thiocyanate
  • Colostrum [44]
  • Lycopene [45], in tomatoes

I recommend using a lot of spices on your food such as Curry and Italian seasoning.

Turmeric/Curcumin [46, 47, 48], Cinnamon [49], Black Pepper, Basil, Black Cumin Seed Oil [50], Cumin [51], Cayenne [52], Rosemary [53], Anise [54] and Clove [55] have all been found to inhibit candida. Just use them on your food.

Less Highly Recommended for Combating Candida

The main reason most of these are less highly recommended is that they simultaneously decrease the Th17 immune response.

  • Baicalin [56]
  • Tea tree oil [57] – less recommended because I wouldn’t recommend for internal use at this stage of my knowledge.
  • Pine bark [58]
  • CLA [59]
  • Grapeseed extract-synergistic with AmphoB [60]
  • Thymol [61]
  • Geraniol [28]
  • Linalool [28]
  • Papaya [62]
  • Agaricus brasiliensis [63]
  • Sesame seed [64]
  • Honokiol – synergistic with Fluconazole [65]
  • Baicalein – synergistic with Fluconazole [66, 67, 66]
  • EGCG-synergistic with AmphoB [68, 69]
  • Resveratrol [70]
  • Echinacea [71]
  • Glutamine
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Itraconazole (less tolerated than fluconazole, voriconazole).
  • Licorice by the immune system [72, 73]
  • Tribulus [74]
  • Lavender [75]
  • Lemongrass [76]
  • Chlorhexidine acetate [33]
  • Sodium hypochlorite [33]
  • Calcium hydroxide [33]
  • Candicidin for vaginal [77]
  • Abafungin [78]
  • Solanum chrysotrichum [79]

The Following Increase Candida Activity

  • Glucose [80]
  • Corticosteroids [80]
  • Antibiotics [80]
  • Sugars that bind to lectins: NAG, Mannose [81] and maybe sialic acid [25].

Videos on Conventional Treatments of Candida

How The Immune System Detects and Kills Candida/Fungi

How Fluconazole and Other Azoles Kills Candida and Fungi

How Amphotericin B Kills Candida and Fungi

Amphotericin is dangerous and should be a last resort, though taking a lower dosage and combining it with other substances should be explored.

Conventional Treatment of Candidiasis

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

As a kid, Joe suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, mood and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO and founder of SelfDecode. His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.


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