Last updated January 18, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC   Reviewed by Dr Eric Wood, ND.

Natural Antifungals For Candida

Antifungals for Candida treatment

Along with a low-sugar diet and probiotic supplements or foods, antifungals are one of the three crucial elements of any successful Candida treatment plan.

Candida is a virulent pathogen that is particularly difficult to dislodge from your intestinal walls. Antifungals help to break down the biofilms that it creates and give your immune system the best chance possible to eliminate it.

There are only a handful of prescription antifungals that can help with a Candida overgrowth, and they tend to come with some nasty side effects. This is because yeast and fungal cells are quite similar to human cells, which makes it difficult to create a treatment that targets the ‘bad guys’ and not the ‘good guys’. For this reason, natural antifungals are often the best option for Candida sufferers.

There are a number of natural antifungals that you can take in supplement form or even add into your diet in food form. These antifungals work by breaking down the cell walls of the Candida yeast, and they are an important part of your recovery.

Popular antifungal treatments include caprylic acid, grapefruit seed extract, and oil of oregano. You can add antifungals into your diet too. For example, coconut oil is a potent source of caprylic acid, and it also makes an excellent oil for cooking. Garlic is another food with some potent antifungal properties. You can find more in our list of top Candida-fighting foods.

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When it comes to natural antifungals, there are lots of different options to choose from. You can follow the links below to read about a few of them. Many people benefit from taking two or three antifungals at the same time, as this prevents the Candida from adapting. Some of them need to be taken at least an hour apart from your probiotics, as they have some mild antibacterial properties too.

If you are not sure which antifungals to take, or when, our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains lots more information. Dr Eric Wood and I also talk about the importance of systemic enzymes, and how they can be used together with antifungals to break down Candida biofilms.

Using Antifungals In Your Candida Treatment

These articles provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about antifungals. Why are they useful, can you taken them with probiotics, and which foods have the strongest antifungal properties?

Natural Antifungal Treatments

Plants have their own immune systems, just like we do. In their case, they generate antifungal compounds that prevent molds from attacking them. These natural antifungal properties can be useful for us too, both in supplement form and when incorporated into our diets. Here are a few good examples of natural antifungals (there are more listed in our program).

  • Aloe Vera
    Aloe is gentle on the body, yet has powerful properties to get your Candida under control and stimulate your immune system. It acts as an antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory.
  • Black Walnut
    In at least one study, Black Walnut husks were shown to combat Candida as effectively as several commercial antifungal drugs. Black Walnut is now found in many over the counter Candida cures, but is also available in concentrated form.
  • Caprylic Acid
    Caprylic Acid is one of the three fatty acids (along with capric acid and lauric acid) that are found in coconut oil. It is a potent antifungal that kills Candida cells, as well as restoring your stomach acidity to its normal levels.
  • Cinnamon
    Research studies have shown that cinnamon has powerful antifungal properties, as well as being an anti-inflammatory and having a regulating effect on blood sugar levels.
  • Cloves
    Along with their other medical benefits, cloves are also a powerful anti-fungal agent often used to treat athletes foot and other fungal infections. Clove oil’s use as an antifungal is well supported by research.
  • Coconut Oil (and some other health benefits of coconut oil)
    Coconut oil is a really multi-tasker when it comes to your health. Most importantly for Candida sufferers, coconut oil is an excellent antifungal food. If you are unsure how to use coconut oil, we incorporate it into many of the recipes in our treatment plan. And for those who love to bake, coconut flour is an excellent, low carbohydrate, gluten-free option.
  • Garlic
    Research studies have shown that garlic is effective against pathogens like Candida. In addition to its use as an antifungal, garlic can support your immune system, reduce cholesterol, and help control blood sugar levels.
  • Ginger As An Antifungal
    Ginger root contains several ingredients which have antifungal properties, with shagelol and gingerol being the most active. Several studies have suggested that ginger can be used as an antifungal medication.
  • Ginger In Traditional And Modern Medicine
    Ginger’s uses are not limited to antifungal treatment. It can be effective against osteoarthritis, motion sickness and morning sickness. It has long been used to improve digestion, treat nausea, and reduce inflammation too.
  • 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.
  • Grapefruit Seed
    GSE is a useful antimicrobial to incorporate into your treatment for Candida overgrowth. It also boosts your immune system and helps to repair liver cells that may be damaged by the release of toxins in a Die-Off reaction.
  • Olive Leaf Extract
    This powerful herbal remedy is a natural and effective antifungal, in addition to having anti-parasitic, antiviral and bactericidal properties. Research has shown that Olive Tree Extract contains almost double the antioxidant capacity than that of green tea
  • Oregano Oil
    Wild Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals, so oregano oil is an excellent choice of antifungal to start your Candida treatment. Oregano oil is not only an antifungal, but also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. One study has even shown it to have cancer-preventative properties too.
  • Oregon Grape
    Oregon Grape is a fairly mild antifungal that can be used in combination other antifungals like caprylic acid, coconut oil and oregano oil. For medicinal uses, herbalists use the root of the plant, which you can buy in a powder or extract form, as well as a tea.
  • Pau d’Arco
    Pau D’Arco’s effects are two-fold when it comes to Candida. Firstly the herb helps to loosen the bowels. Not enough to cause diarrhea, but enough to wash out Candida-related toxins and expose the Candida colonies. Secondly, Pau D’Arco acts as a powerful antifungal agent.
  • Radish Is A Natural Antifungal Food
    There has been an increasing amount of research into radish as an antifungal, particularly over the last 10 years or so. Some of this research has focused on a plant defensin known as RsAFP2, which is found in radishes.
  • Turmeric
    You might know turmeric best as a spice in South Asian or Persian cuisine. Frequently used in curry powders or as a coloring agent, ground turmeric root has an earthy taste, slightly mustardy smell and a distinctive bright yellow color. It also has a number of properties that are really beneficial for your health.

Prescription Antifungal Treatments

There are times when prescription antifungals are useful, particularly in more serious cases of Candida infection. For most milder and superficial cases, a combination of natural antifungals and dietary changes tends to be enough. Here is some more information on three of the antifungal compounds used by doctors.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Using Prescription Medications For Candida
    Are you unsure whether to use a prescription antifungal? They are effective, but they tend to come with lots of side effects. In many cases, natural antifungals might be a better choice. In this article, I examine the efficacy of prescription antifungals and look at a few of the best alternatives.
  • Diflucan
    Diflucan is an antifungal antibiotic that is used to treat fungal infections. Although often used by sufferers of Candidiasis, Diflucan can be used to combat any kind of fungal infections, affecting parts of the body like the mouth, throat, lungs and even the blood.
  • Eraxis
    Eraxis, otherwise known as anidulafungin, is an antifungal antibiotic that is used to treat serious fungal infections. It has been specifically marketed towards sufferers of Candidiasis but may be used to treat other fungal infections.
  • Nystatin
    Nystatin is one of the drugs most often prescribed for Candida outbreaks. It is effective against particular yeasts, but has little effect on other microorganisms in the body. It is well suited to treatment of Candidiasis, and will not kill off the good bacteria in your gut like other prescription drugs can.
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