Candidiasis, also known as a “yeast infection” is a common condition. This opportunistic infection occurs mainly in women and patients who are immunosuppressed. Diabetic patients are especially at risk for developing Candidiasis since there is a special relationship between Candida and glucose levels.
Candidiasis is caused by the yeast Candida albicans and typically lives on our bodies, when our immune system and own microbiome are in check Candida typically does not overgrow.
Causes of Candidiasis are usually complex, due to the opportunistic nature of the pathogen. Oftentimes an oral form of Candidiasis known as thrush can be a negative side effect of the use of antibiotic medications.
Symptoms manifest based on the location of the infection, areas such as the tongue, throat, intestines, skin, and vagina are common.
Therapy for Candidiasis should be personalized and aggressive. The main goal is to inhibit the growth of new yeast cells, healing infected tissues, and increasing the immune system's ability to fight off infection.
Oregano Leaf extract has been found to be effective at preventing the production of biofilm from Candida species. Biofilms are a collective of organisms that create a sticky substance that protects organisms from antifungal agents (Hacioglu, 2021).
Cinnamon Bark contains several chemical constituents that are effective at inhibiting the cell membranes of Candida. Laboratory testing showed that Candida cells that were exposed to Cinnamon Bark were damaged causing a decrease to the surface of the cells (Hoang, 2020).
NAC, a mucolytic agent, has been found to be antimicrobial to Candida species. NAC also reduces the solid components of Candida Biofilm. This dual action acts as a fungistatic and inhibits the organism from growing.
Quercetin, a highly studied antioxidant has been found to induce yeast apoptosis, or cell death, by decreasing the cells ability to use energy efficiently.
Research has shown that Pau D'Arco contains many tannins, flavonoids, alkaloids, quinones and traces of saponins that are broad spectrum antimicrobials (Fernanda, 2009).
Ginger Root, a strong broad spectrum antimicrobial, has been found to reduce Candida's ability to produce endotoxin, which are chemicals that cause damage to healthy tissues (Hairul, 2020).
OrthoMune is a new product from Ortho Molecular Products that supports your body's immune reserves. Included in the ingredients is NAC and quercetin, and these two work synergistically to promote heathy respiratory and immune function.
Since the majority of your body's immune system is in your gut, it makes sense to work towards establishing microbial balance and lower the amount of challenges for your immune system. Candicid Forte is packed full of nutrients, botanicals, and essential oils that promote healthy microbial balance. Among these ingredients are oregano leaf extract, cinnamon bark extract, ginger root, and Pau D'Arco inner bark extract.