Candida infections can be difficult to get rid of. They require that you follow a specific sugar-free diet, known as the candida diet, while also taking antifungal herbs that eliminate the Candida overgrowth. The protocol itself, is not too complex. Sticking to the protocol each day for 90 days, however, is where most people experience the challenge.
This period is critical to success, however, as Candida is a very opportunistic species, and will grow out of control any time it is given the chance. This means that even a few missed days of a Candida cleanse protocol can set you back and draw the process out further.
The best and quickest way to get rid of Candida is to stick to the right diet, such as the diet outlined in Zuma Nutrition’s Candida Detox Diet guide, and to take antifungal herbs along with this diet. While this is the quickest and most effective way, it can still take a few months.
It is also essential that after doing a Candida cleanse protocol, that you reintroduce beneficial bacteria in the gut so that you can prevent the Candida infection from returning. Beneficial bacteria play the important role of keeping Candida yeast at bay and preventing them from growing beyond normal levels.
When it comes to antifungal herbs, there are many options available—and not all of them are the same. Some are very effective at eliminating Candida, while others are not. It is important to know which herbs are the best so you can see the best results.
Two of the best herbs for getting rid of Candida are Oregon Grape Root and Goldenseal Root, and they both have something in common that puts them at the top of the list of antifungal herbs for Candida. Both Oregon Grape Root and Goldenseal Root contain a powerful antifungal compound called berberine.
Berberine is the active compound found in these plants that gives the inner bark of their roots a bright yellow color. Studies on berberine have found that it has many medicinal benefits, many of which particularly benefit the gut.
Berberine is powerfully antibacterial and antifungal. This is great because not only are antifungal herbs good for Candida, but antibacterial herbs are as well. While Candida is a type of fungus, it is often protected by a layer of bacterial biofilms that form over the Candida.
Biofilms are communities of bacteria that bind together as a way to better ensure their survival. The plaque that forms on your teeth after not brushing for a while is an example of a biofilm. The green sludge that forms on rocks in streams is also a type of biofilm.
These biofilms work alongside Candida for mutual benefit, and they protect Candida from antifungal compounds. So, even if you take antifungal herbs they might not work if the Candida has a biofilm protecting it.
It is necessary to use an antibacterial to destroy the biofilm, which then makes Candida more susceptible to antifungal herbs and compounds.
This is why herbs with berberine are so great. Their 2-in-1 action allows them to work both as antbacterials and antifungals, and numerous studies have found that they destroy both Candida and Candida biofilms.
So, if you have a Candida infection that you are treating with herbs, make sure to find a good herbal supplement that contains Oregon Grape Root, Goldenseal or both.