I was just looking into candida and low ferritin levels and came across this article. I had no idea that iron deficiency was so connected to candidiasis. Even low ferritin levels which are sometimes overlooked if iron levels in the blood are fine. I have had a low ferritin level of 17 and chronic candidiasis.
Some of these are listed in Table 4. The commonest deficits were low stores of iron, as
measured by serum ferritin levels; depressed serum folate, as measured by the Vitamin
Assay Center of the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry; and low levels of
vitamin A. Since iron deficiency is known to predispose to Candida infection,
35 low ferritin levels in a patient with candidiasis should be
taken seriously. As folate deficiency can impair immune function, low serum folate may
contribute to infection in some patients. The low vitamin A levels are particularly
interesting. None of the vitamin A deficient patients had low serum carotene. In four
patients the carotene level was actually high. Montes and his colleagues,
36 in 1972, described vitamin A deficiency and normal carotene in 13
patients with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis. Since dietary carotene is the major
source of vitamin A, it seems that vitamin A deficiency in Candida patients is not secondary
to poor diet or 53 malabsorption but to impaired oxidation of carotene to retinol. Beta-carotene oxygenase is primarily found in intestinal mucosa and its activity may be impaired in diseases which involve the intestinal mucosa. Vitamin A deficiency in patients with candidiasis is most likely a manifestation of intestinal candidiasis.Because vitamin A is necessary for the function of cytotoxic T cells and for theintegrity of mucous membranes, vitamin A deficiency will aggravate yeast infection. In correcting this deficiency the possible deficit in carotene oxygenase activity should be kept in mind. Carotene may be of little biological value as a retinol precursor in these patients.
Zinc deficiency can depress serum retinol despite normal stores of vitamin A in liver.
While there is no relationship between zinc and vitamin A deficiency in the patients in this
study, we have found it useful to pay close attention to zinc nutriture in patients with
refractory vitamin A deficiency.
People that have the Candida problem commonly have adrenal and thyroid issues. There are a number of different enzymes and vitamins levels that are skewed in people with thyroid & adrenals issues such as: low Vit C, E, Iron low white & red blood cell count, just to name a few.
Fix the balance of yeast in your body, heal your gut and your ferritin levels should normalize.
I think a lot of issues will resolve themselves once the candida has cleared up, but if low ferritin is having such a significant impact on the immune system, it’s going to be a lot more difficult. Ferritin apparently helps with the conversion of thyroid hormones.
See this site:-
I’ve only been taking iron supplements (spatone 4 sachets a day) for a week and finding some of my candida symptoms are clearing up. The other normal prescribed supps I’ve found are very harsh on my gut. I’ve read Ferritin levels need to be above 100.