Yeast overgrowth, or chronic yeast syndrome, is caused by the proliferation of candidas albicans in our gastrointestinal tract. Candidas lives naturally on and in our bodies, kept in check by bacteria. In the right conditions, such as immune suppression or antibiotic therapy, the yeast may grow out of control causing systemic candidiasis. Numerous symptoms linked to it may be subdued by dietary supplements. Consult a medical doctor before attempting to treat yeast overgrowth with supplements.
Lactobacillus acidophillus is a probiotic, bacteria that are helpful to your body. The Harvard Medical School Home Health Guide estimates that your bowel contains 100 trillion of these organisms, which are necessary for the natural functioning of the body. Probiotics help with digestion and the immune system, as well as keep a natural balance in the bowel's flora. Too much yeast throws this balance off. Acidophilus may help restore it.
The April 2010 issue of the "Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry" reports that garlic is a viable treatment for candida and yeast overgrowth, and it significantly improved the candida infection in diabetic rats. Garlic is traditionally used as an anti-infective, anti-fungal agent. The active ingredient in garlic is allicin that is activated upon the damage of the bulb. Allicin is deactivated when exposed to heat, such as in cooking.
Caprylic acid is considered a natural anti-fungal agent and is often prescribed in doses of 1,500 milligrams per day to help reduce yeast overgrowth, according to Complementary Medicine. It adds that refraining from eating foods high in refined sugars and carbohydrates, such as fruit juices, white flour and sugar products, may also be beneficial. Bread and cheese contain yeast and mold and should also be avoided.
There are other natural supplements listed by New York University Langone Medical Center as possible alternative treatment for candida and yeast overgrowth. These include grapefruit seed extract, barberry, red thyme, lapacho, peppermint oil, oregano oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil. Speak to your doctor before using any herbal preparation to treat yeast overgrowth.
- Whole Health Chicago: Candida Overgrowth Syndrome
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Lactobacillus Acidophilus
- ndian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: Effects of Garlic Extract Treatment in Normal and Streptozotocin Diabetic Rats Infected With Candida Albicans
- Linus Pauling Institute: Garlic and Organosulfur Compounds
- New York University Langone Medical Center: Candida/Yeast Hypersensitivity Syndrome