What you really need to know about antifungals:
What are Antifungals used for? (In a toxic mold exposure situation)
Candida is a fungus that is naturally found in our gut and it survives right along side of "good bacteria" but in very small amounts. You may have heard of probiotics or new products coming out supporting good intestinal or gut flora or health. This means that the ratio of good bacteria or "probiotics" and the ratio of bad fungi or "Candida Albicans" is balanced.
When a person is now sick from being exposed to mold the good bacteria in the body or also known as the probiotics cannot compete with the new introduction of these "highly aggressive and territorial" toxic mold spores and mycotoxins. What then happens is that because there is now a shortage of good bacteria in the gut that throws off the "yin/yang" or perfect balance in the body then Candida Albicans begins to increase "EXTENSIVELY". This means that now a person not only has a toxic mold toxicity, but now also has a very aggressive Candida infection as well.
Here are 10 common candida symptoms
What are Antifungals used for? (In a toxic mold exposure situation)
How do I use Antifungals properly? (In a toxic mold exposure situation)
Knowing this simple fact about Candida Albicans can be a life saver!!
This is one of the main reasons Candida is so difficult to treat and why treatments usually fail.
The easy 3-remedy protocol for eliminating Candida issues naturally
Ongoing use of a "safe" antifungal that is changed/rotated every 2 weeks
Below is your shopping list of "natural antifungals"
Oregano Oil - Wild Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals nature provides. Oregano oil is another excellent choice of antifungal to start your Candida treatment. I recommend the brand Oreganol because this brand is a non-GMO variety of Oregano. One danger of genetically modified foods that they have the potential to change DNA. People exposed to mold already have some level of DNA damage from the mycotoxin exposure, so you'll want to avoid any and all supplements that are not labeled as non-GMO if you can.
Garlic - Garlic Plus by Biotics Research is our pick for the best quality garlic supplement. Garlic is highly antifungal. A substance called Ajoene is one of the strongest agents found in garlic and is shown here in this study to be very effective against fighting Candida. (Study)
Pau D'arco tea (Taheebo Tea aka Tabebuia) - Traditional Medicinals provides an organic version of Pau D'arco. The presence of naphtoquinones has been reported in several species of Tabebuia (Pau D'arco). It is known that naphtoquinones are biologically active against pathogenic fungi. Here you can see scientific data to support the antifungal effects of Pau D'arco. (Study)
Grapefruit Seed Extract - extract from grapefruit seeds not only inactivates viruses, but also yeasts like Candida, other fungi and parasites. There is some controversy as to whether GSE is actually a natural product but when used in a Candida protocol like we have outlined you would only be using it for two weeks anyway. There have been no documented side effects of using GSE for two weeks or even two years so it is considered safe.
Olive Leaf Extract - Oleuropein is the main medicinal substance of the olive and is extracted. It has strong anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. Gaia herbs is our choice for a pure olive leaf for the treatment of Candida Albicans.
Colloidal Silver - In a study conducted by the Department of Microbiology at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea, and published in the prestigious Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, proved what tens of thousands of colloidal silver users have already known for years, i.e., colloidal silver is one of the most powerful and effective natural anti-fungal agents in the world.
Barberry - Barberry is an herb that contains a chemical called berberine and is lethal to candida. Berberine has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria in test tubes, and may help the immune system function better. In studies barberry was found to eradicate candida and yeast infections of the skin or vagina. (Study)
Broccoli Sprouts - Broccoli Sprouts contain a potent antifungal and antibacterial substance called sulforaphane. We found one study where 23 out of 28 tested bacterial and fungal species were inhibited by sulforaphane when directly exposed in a dish .
Tanalbit - Tanalbit is an herb that ranks high for candida and yeast infection treatment. It also has a reputation for fighting some pretty bad bacteria. Plant tannins always rank pretty high for effectiveness. Caution: *I would not take Tanalbit if you are allergic to dairy, have leaky gut, SIBO or any other autoimmune gut disorders because it does contain casein which is an irritant to the stomach lining.
Gymnema Sylvestre - Gymnema sylvestre is a tropical vine plant found in India, China
and Australia that is used to treat fungal pathogentic Candida albicans and Aspergillus. The leaves of this plant also attack biofilms created by Candida fungi. Other common benefits are weightloss, insulin regulation and more. http:// https://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/jun13/vediyappan91213.html
Oregon Grape Root - Oregon grape isn’t actually a grape. The berries of the plant just happen to resemble a grape. The berries are not the actual medicinal part of the plant but the root is what is used. The active chemical in oregon grape root is called berbamine which is an alkaloid. Berbamine is a strong antifungal and antimocrobial. It kills "dead" Candida Albicans and other yeasts. It is effective in killing Candida both internally and externally and has been shown to also help with eczema and psoriasis because these two "diagnosed" conditions are actually fungal in nature.
Undecylenic acid - Thorne Research makes an excellent product called "Formula SF722" which is said to deliver six times the effectiveness of caprylic acid, however as always make sure you are only using this product for two weeks and then move on to the next antifungal in the group. This product is also recommended for women's vaginal support for health flora to avoid yeast infections.
Aloe vera (inner leaf) - The inner leaf of aloe has been used for centuries to assist in fungal overgrowth in the gut. There are several very important things to remember. Most aloe products are made with citric acid (which is made from toxic molds). We have only found "ONE" product that meets all of the needs of those exposed to toxic mold and that is "Lakewood - Pure Aloe (inner leaf) Organic / no citric acid" All other aloe vera juices are not appropriate for the eradication of Candida.
Cloves - Although most well known for antiparsitical activity, it has some fighting power against candida. In addition to having Candida most people also have parasites, so you can knock out two things in one. Starwest Botanicals (shown here) provides an Organic ground powder. You can put it in smoothies, sprinkle on salads, mix in water or lemon water and drink. Take twice per day.
Candidate - Many have had great success with a product called Candidate. Candidate is a 100% natural and safe homeopathic mixture of herbs, proven to be effective. Promotes growth of healthy probiotic flora in the digestive tract and maintains natural balance of candida in the body. It is 100% natural safe and proven herbal formula.
Caprylic Acid - Caprylic acid is one of the strongest and most effective natural yeast-fighting agents. It penetrates the cell membranes of candida yeast cells and causes them to die off, detoxifying the digestive tract and speeding up the healing process. This study shows that caprylic acid reduces symptoms associated with viral and fungal infections like Candida and Chlamydia.
Phyto-Biotic - Phyto-Biotic is a product that was formulated to contain several herbs of the antifungal family. Phyto-Biotic supports the immune system by balancing intestinal flora in the digestive tract. Phyto-Biotic includes extracts of barberry, Oregon grape, and goldenseal - all excellent sources of a compound called bebeerine that is highly antifungal. Do not use this product immediately after taking either barberry, oregon grape or goldenseal to prevent resistance.
Astralagus Herb - This popular Chinese herb is excellent for stimulating the immune system, essential for recovering from candida or any other infective condition.
Basil Essential Oil
Essential oils are in simpler terms "the blood of plants, roots, leaves and bark" that have therapeutic and healing properties. Each type of essential oil can have up to 20 different properties and health benefits. Like herbs, essential oils need to be respected because they can be very powerful and could be harmful if not used correctly.
Cumin Essential Oil
DANGERS of using Prescription Anti-Fungals
According to the College of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Imperial College in London, Resistance to antifungal drugs could lead to "MORE" fungal disease.
Negative Side Effects
99% of the time prescription drugs come with a variety of side effects; some of those side effects can be very serious so always try the natural approach first before trying to take a drug for something. One of the most dangerous side effects of prescription antifungals is their negative effect on the liver. You need to have your liver enzymes monitored when you are taking any antifungal drugs except Nystatin, Nystatin does not leave the gut so it doesn't affect your liver.
If your doctor is not monitoring your liver, you should bring it up. Most mold patients say their doctor has put them on Diflucan or Nizoral and has not monitored their liver. This should not be overlooked.
Here are some of the most common prescription anti-fungals
- Diflucan (also called fluconazole)
- Amphoetericin B
- Nystatin (safest and most effective)
- Nizoral (also called ketoconazole)
Nizoral, Diflucan and Nystatin are the three most prescribed antifungals by a doctor.
- Mycotoxins and Antifungal Drug Interactions: Implications in the Treatment of Illnesses Due to Indoor Chronic Toxigenic Mold Exposures