Candida albicans (C. albicans) is a yeast (fungus) sometimes present in biofilms. Biofilms can be found in nasal passageways and GI tract act as a protective shield for a community (colony) of microorganisms including bacteria and pathogens. C. albicans commonly lives in or on human bodies and is one of the leading causes of fungal overgrowth leading to infections. Candida biofilms may induce susceptibility to systemic infections and other health issues.
Candida Albicans: What You Need to Know
Candida albicans is often found in the mouth and intestines and on the skin. It does not cause health issues when present at normal levels. However, Candida albicans that grows uncontrollably may lead to a fungal infection (candidiasis).
Common factors that contribute to Candida albicans overgrowth include:
- Use of antibiotics
- A diet that contains excessive amounts of sugar and/or refined carbohydrates
- Weakened immune system
In addition to candidiasis, Candida albicans overgrowth may lead to one or more of the following health issues:
- Oral Thrush: Causes painful lesions on the inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, throat, and other areas inside the mouth.
- Digestive Health Problems: Causes an imbalance of "good" and "bad" bacteria in the gut microbiome, resulting in nausea, gas, diarrhea, and other digestive health issues.
- Joint Pain: Causes joint swelling and stiffness and sometimes affects joints in the hips and knees.
There is no surefire solution to treat Candida albicans overgrowth, except prescription anti-fungal medications. There are also supplements and natural treatments which can address the overgrowth.
Candida Biofilms — Supplements and Natural Treatments
Candida biofilms may establish themselves throughout the body. The biofilm’s outer surface protects it from the immune system and antibiotics — which makes it difficult to destroy the biofilms and prevent them from growing and multiplying.
Candida biofilms natural treatment options are available, and these include:
- Boric Acid: Research indicates boric acid capsules help women dealing with yeast infections.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has been shown to destroy yeasts and fungi, including Candida albicans.
- Probiotics: Studies reveal probiotic supplements help increase the effectiveness of antifungal medications for vaginal yeast infections.
- Yogurt: Natural, unsweetened yogurt contains beneficial bacteria that help restore the proper balance of bacteria and yeast in the body.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has been shown to help reduce the effects associated with Candida albicans overgrowth.
- Garlic: Garlic is both an antifungal and antibiotic, and some people believe it helps treat yeast infections.
In certain cases, there is a direct correlation between lifestyle changes and Candida biofilm reduction. Removing refined sugars, carbs, and high-lactose dairy products from a diet sometimes help combat Candida albicans overgrowth. Also, alcohol and tobacco consumption have been linked to Candida albicans overgrowth. Decreasing alcohol and/or tobacco products may prove effective in preventing new biofilms from forming or stifling their growth.
The Bottom Line on Candida Biofilm Defense
Candida biofilms are problematic, but natural dietary supplements that contain immune factors may help. Regular use of a bovine colostrum supplement may prove effective in reducing biofilms and Candida albicans. A low or no sugar diet will accelerate Candida destruction, as its food source (sugar) will be curtailed.
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