On this page we’ve compiled a list of the foods and supplements that are recommended in the Ultimate Candida Diet program. The book contains lots more information on which of these supplements you should choose, and when to take them. Each stage of the treatment plan requires different supplements, and each person’s plan will be different.
Over the course of their treatment, most people take one detox supplement, one probiotic, two or three natural antifungals, and one systemic enzyme.
And here are some other supplements that you might find useful. The book contains much more information on each of these.
Consider starting one of these supplements before you begin the detox stage. Liver-supportive supplements like molybdenum and milk thistle give your liver the nutrients it needs to process Candida’s toxic metabolites. You might also add a toxin binder, like charcoal or chlorella, when you start taking antifungals.
Molybdenum is the most effective substance you can take to eliminate acetaldehyde, the neurotoxin that causes many Candida symptoms. The ‘glycinate’ form tends to be well absorbed and tolerated.
Molybdenum Glycinate – by Thorne Research
Milk Thistle contains an active ingredient named Silymarin that both repairs your liver cells and protects them from future damage too.
Milk Thistle (standardized to contain 80% Silymarin) – by Natura Best
A variety of published research notes chlorella’s capacity for absorbing toxins of various types, including some heavy metals and biotoxins.
Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Growth Factor CGF – by BioPure
Activated charcoal is another toxin binder, helping to eliminate toxins and waste products out through the bowels.
Activated Charcoal High Absorbency – by Nature’s Way
Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant, and responsible for neutralizing a vast array of toxins that we encounter on a regular basis. The liposomal form facilitates optimal absorption into the bloodstream.
Liposomal Glutathione – Core Med Science
Vitamin C boosts the immune system, helps to restores acidity in the intestines, supports the adrenal glands, and is a potent antioxidant. Buying a brand with bioflavonoids will help your body to absorb, process and use the vitamin C more effectively.
Vitamin C With Flavonoids – by Thorne Research
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
NAC is very supportive for good liver health, and also disrupts the protective biofilms that are created by Candida albicans and other pathogens.
Cysteplus – by Thorne Research
Bentonite is a toxin binder that traps toxins within its molecular structure and safely escorts them out via the bowels. Some people combine it with a fiber supplement to make a detoxifying shake.
Yerba Prima Liquid Bentonite – by Great Plains
Fiber supplements can help to keep your digestion moving. Fiber-3 is a good example that contains soluble fiber from golden flax meal and acacia, plus inulin as a prebiotic. Psyllium is another good example, although it can be more irritating to the intestinal walls.
Organic Fiber-3 – by NOW Foods
Whole Psyllium Husks – by NOW Foods
Probiotics help to rebalance the microflora in your gut, regulate acidity in your intestines, and boost your immune system. You can start taking a probiotic during the third phase of the plan, and all of these are great choices.
Healthy Origins Probiotics
Healthy Origins probiotics have 30 billion CFUs per capsule and 8 individual types of bacteria, including important strains like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis. They are also shelf-stable so do not require refrigeration.
30 Billion CFU Probiotic – by Healthy Origins
VSL#3 is a high strength probiotic that contains 8 different strains. You can buy it in capsules (112.5 billions CFUs) or sachets (450 billion CFUs).
112.5 Billion CFU Probiotic Capsules – by VSL#3
450 Billion CFU Probiotic Sachets
Theralac contains 5 strains chosen specifically for digestive and immune system support, along with two prebiotics.
30 Billion CFU Probiotic – by Theralac
Prescript-Assist probiotics contain 29 different strains of soil-based organism. Soil-based organisms are incredibly durable, and easily survive exposure to our stomach acid on the way through to our intestines.
Soil-Based Probiotic – by Prescript-Assist
Saccharomyces boulardii may be a yeast, but it has been proven to fight pathogens like Candida. It also works to regulate the acidity in your gut.
Saccharomyces Boulardii – by Jarrow Formulas
You will start taking antifungals during the fourth stage of the plan. Consider taking two or three natural antifungals to prevent the Candida colonies from adapting to a single treatment. Don’t be tempted to rotate your antifungals.
Caprylic acid is derived from coconut oil and is one of the most effective natural antifungals. Caprylic acid tends to have fewer side effects than prescription antifungals.
Caprylic Acid – by Pure Encapsulations
Oregano oil is one of the most potent natural antifungals against Candida. The active antimicrobial ingredient found in oregano oil is carvacrol.
Oil of Oregano Liquid Phytocapsules – by Gaia Herbs
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract has antifungal properties, as well as regulating your blood sugar and boosting your immune system.
Olive Leaf Extract – by Gaia Herbs
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Studies of grapefruit seed extract have found it to be highly effective against different yeasts and molds, and sometimes even more effective than some prescription antifungals.
Grapefruit Seed Extract – by Nutribiotic
Pau d’Arco helps to gently loosen the bowels, and also has antifungal and immune-stimulating properties. It is best consumed in a tea.
Pau D’Arco Tea – by Traditional Medicinals
Resveratrol is an antioxidant that can help to protect the body from free radicals. It also has antifungal properties and can prevent Candida albicans from switching to its fungal form.
Resveratrol – by BRI Nutrition
Undecylenic acid interferes with fatty acid biosynthesis, which then prevents Candida albicans from converting to its pathogenic, fungal form.
Formula SF722 – by Thorne Research
Lactoferrin not only has antifungal properties itself, but it has also been shown to increase the effect of other antifungals when taken together.
Lactoferrin – by Jarrow Formulas
A potent chemical constituent of garlic, allicin is also one of the most useful and well-researched supplemental aids in fighting Candida albicans.
100% Allicin – by Allimax
This herbal supplements contains three key ingredients that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and fungicidal properties – lemongrass, pot marigold, and pau d’arco.
Candidate – by Native Remedies
Gymnema sylvestre has been shown to reduce sugar cravings, and there is also evidence that it can prevent Candida albicans from switching to its more virulent, fungal form.
Gymnema Sylvestre – by Source Naturals
These systemic enzymes are useful for breaking down the biofilms that Candida albicans builds to protect itself from your immune system. Lumbrokinase is generally considered the most effective. You can take one or more of these enzymes when you start taking antifungals.
This group of six enzymes is able to metabolize and digest the biofilms that Candida albicans builds to protect and grow its colonies.
Lumbrokinase – by Doctor’s Best
Nattokinase is a single enzyme, derived from Japanese fermented soy beans, that works to disrupt pathogenic biofilms.
Nattokinase – by Doctor’s Best
This last enzyme is derived from the silkworm and, just like the other systemic enzymes, is used to eliminate biofilms created by pathogens like Candida albicans.
Serrapeptase – by Doctor’s Best
Your own immune system is your best defense against pathogens like Candida. These are two options that can give it the boost it needs. Take them at any time during your treatment.
Research suggests that echinacea stimulates the immune system and supports natural killer cell activity.
Echinacea Supreme – by Gaia Herbs
Activated Hexose Correlated Compound
AHCC is derived from mushrooms and has been shown to be especially supportive for those who are immunocompromised.
AHCC – Source Naturals
Chronic cases of gut dysbiosis are often associated with weakened and damaged intestinal walls. These supplements give your gut the raw materials and environment it needs to repair itself. Take them at any time during your treatment.
Glutamine is a key amino acid that enables the lining of the small intestine to repair, regenerate, and heal.
L-Glutamine Powder – by Pure Encapsulations
Slippery elm coats and lubricates the whole digestive tract, providing extra protection and moisture.
Slippery Elm Bark – by Real Herbs
Marshmallow root coats, moisturizes, and soothes irritated mucus membranes and linings.
Alcohol-Free Marshmallow Root – Nature’s Answer
Here are some other supplements to consider. Magnesium is one micronutrient that we are almost all deficient in, while vitamin D and calcium might be useful in the early stages of the diet.
This common mineral is essential for your energy levels, bone strength, mood, and much more. Yet the majority of us are not getting anywhere near enough in our diets. The glycinate form tends to be the best absorbed and tolerated.
Magnesium Glycinate – by Pure Encapsulations
This is a useful supplement if you’re worried about cuting out most dairy from your diet, and it’s especially important for those who don’t live in sunny climates.
Vitamin D3 – by Naturewise
Calcium is another nutrient that you might need during the early stages of the diet, although you should get enough from various vegetables, fish and probiotic dairy.
Calcium Citramate – Thorne Research
Here is a selection of foods that you might find useful on your Candida diet. Keep them ready in your pantry. Enjoy!
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – by Nutiva
Kefir Starter Kit – by Body Ecology
Pure Stevia Powder – by Mommy Knows Best
Xylitol – by Now Foods
Erythritol – by Now Foods
Coconut Flour – by Bob’s Red Mill
Buckwheat Flour – by Bob’s Red Mill
Coconut Aminos – by Coconut Secret
Coconut Vinegar – by Coconut Secret
Coconut Milk (unsweetened, BPA-free, organic) – by Native Forest
The book contains lots of advice on when and how to use these supplements. Your health professional can also give you advice on which may or may not work for you, given your specific situation and any other medications that you might be taking.
When you are looking at supplements, make sure to buy reputable, good quality brands. The supplements on the shelves at your local supermarket are often made using processes that either damage active ingredients or fail to extract them properly.
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