Antifungals come in a wide variety of forms – from foods to herbal supplements to prescription medications. While it’s possible you took an antifungal medication to treat what seemed like an acute infection at some point before you realized you had a chronic Candida overgrowth, your anti-Candida protocol now calls for regular ingestion of antifungals to kill off as much Candida as you can as quickly as possible.
When to Start an Antifungal
Antifungal supplements and foods are going to be your best friend from the first day of your cleanse through the last day of your anti-Candida diet. They are one of the few supplements you can start on day one and continue throughout.
The key to good antifungal supplementation is one that has potent antifungal herbs and one that is resistant against candida. Just as your body can become immune to antibiotics as a bacteria becomes resistant, your body can build up an immunity to different antifungals specially the cheap ones.
The best way to start is by choosing canxidaremove antifungal. If you decide to choose another antifungal then every week or two you will change one of the supplements in the rotation. So on week 1 you might take supplements A, B, and C, but on week 3 you might change to D, B, and C; and on week 5 you might switch to D, E, and C; etc. You never give your body, or the Candida, enough time to build up an immunity. However, that will cost you a lot of money, when I tried that approach I was spending $300 a month just on useless antifungal, so learn it from me, go with what I have tested and what works instead of buying tons of different antifungal supplements. The only reason I state it here is that just in case if you do have the money and want to try a different approach.
Why Do Antifungals Work?
The Candida albicans organism is a yeast, which is a fungus. The antifungal supplements you choose will work hand-in-hand with the probiotics you later take. Antifungals kill Candida and probiotics prevent the Candida from forming a new overgrowth.
The harsh reality is that fungal cells contain a lot of toxins. Antifungals work by destroying the cells in question, which means the toxins inside the cell are released into the body. This may cause a number of unpleasant side effects, including nausea, headaches, and intestinal discomfort. The good news is that you can control the symptoms of Candida die-off by adjusting your supplement dosages until your body can cope.
While we’ll go into more details on how to choose an antifungal, there are really 6 main natural herbs to consider.
Undecylenic Acid it has proven to be a most effective antifungal agent and is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter antifungal preparations.
Pau D’arco several compounds from Pau d’arco have demonstrated to have strong anti-candida effects.
Neem has an excellent antifungal activity against a wide range of health issues and candida.
Garlic has been mentioned several times – as a food and general supportive supplement. Garlic is popular because it contains Ajoene, a chemical compound that has been shown in studies to be effective against more than 98% of yeast strains –specifically including Candida. Garlic is so easy to ingest. You can purchase it in supplement form, drink it in water, or mince it into your food. Just make sure you aren’t using fresh garlic on an empty stomach.
Grapefruit Seed Extract comes from just that – the grapefruit. This is one of the stronger antifungals out there and you should start with a small dose and slowly adjust it to be higher. While this is one of the stronger options, it is also one that Candida can adapt to very quickly, so you’ll want to use it for short periods of time and then rotate it in and out of your routine.
Caprylic Acid is often found in coconut oil, though you can find the acid in capsule form in a health food store. Again, you’ll want to start with a lower dose and work your way up to avoid severe die-off reactions, no matter what form you choose.
I like this supplement because it has all the 6 main ingredients and much more.
Oregano oil is a very strong antifungal and can be used topically as well as orally. You can buy it in the form of a liquid or a capsule. It is also known for its antioxidant and anti-parasitic properties, making it a great overall supplement for someone who has progressed to Leaky Gut Syndrome or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Prescription antifungals may be helpful, but they aren’t often prescribed for a true Candida overgrowth. If in doubt, talk to your doctor or naturopath about your options.