Antifungals: Goldenseal

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Goldenseal was touted as a cure for almost any ailment in the 1800s, promoted by an enigmatic doctor named Samuel Thompson who prescribed it for a variety of illnesses. It comes from a bright yellow root, hence the name Goldenseal.

Goldenseal was originally used for skin disorders, digestive complaints and even as a cancer remedy. In more modern times, Goldenseal has gained in popularity and has been used for wound healing and many types of infection, as well as an antifungal agent for ailments like Candida overgrowth.

You can start taking antifungals like goldenseal soon after you complete the cleanse and move on to the strict anti-Candida diet. If you combine goldenseal with other antifungals, you will reduce the chance of the Candida adapting to the treatment.

How does Goldenseal help with a Candida overgrowth?

The active ingredient in goldenseal is berberine, an alkaloid that is also found in other plants such as barberry and Oregon grape. According to a 2011 paper (see here) “Berberine inhibited the growth of various Candida species”. Additionally, studies have shown Berberine to help regulate blood sugar levels, preventing the spikes that can feed a Candida overgrowth.

Berberine helps with Candida infestations in another way too. It activates the white blood cells in your body, thereby strengthening your immune system and enhancing your body’s ability to fight off infections by itself.

How do you take Goldenseal?

Goldenseal is generally sold either as a liquid extract of the goldenseal root, or as capsules made from goldenseal root powder. If you buy the liquid form, you will need to take a few drops in water, 1-3 times a day, and the bottle will often come with a dropper to measure the exact amount. The capsules are also taken several times a day, and dosage will depend on the strength of the preparation. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

Also be careful not to take too much Goldenseal, as large quantities can irritate the liver. Its better to start with a small dose (below the manufacturer’s recommended amount), then slowly increase it. You can take goldenseal in combination with other natural antifungal remedies, to prevent the Candida yeast from adapting to a single antifungal.

Who should not take Goldenseal?

Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take goldenseal. A major ingredient, Berberine, can caused uterine contractions and may cause problems with the pregnancy. Those with kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, or other serious conditions should consult with their doctor first.

Many users report a feeling of nervousness when taking goldenseal. Others report irritations in their throat and occasionally digestive problems.

For lots more information on how to choose the right antifungal, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.

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