What is Candida

Candida albicans is a single celled yeast that is impossible to keep out of the body. Normally, it does no harm, because it is kept in check by beneficial bacteria (probiotics) like acidophilus. These bacteria, however, can be destroyed by birth control pills, antibiotics, steroids, cortisone drugs, chlorinated water, poor diet and extreme stress.When this occurs, candida can grow out of control. Candida causes problems by releasing toxins into the bloodstream. These toxins trigger many discomforts, including localized (primarily vaginal or rectal) itching, depression, irritability, dizziness, unclear thinking, difficulty focusing, extreme fatigue, loss of memory, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, extreme weight gain or loss, etc.

More than 100 million Americans are thought to suffer from candida overgrowth. candida species image

Can I Control It?

For many years, the mainstays in candida management have been anti-fungal drugs and herbs. But, these agents have limitations. First, anti-fungal drugs may cause liver damage. Second, anti-fungal drugs and herbs cause yeasts to release even more toxins, which cause “die off reactions” (intensifications of symptoms) that many people cannot tolerate. Third, yeasts can become resistant to them, so that they lose their effect.

Cellulase Enzymes to the Rescue

Since candida’s cell wall is made mostly of fiber, fiber digesting enzymes can break it down (see figure 5).When this occurs, the yeast dies. The enzymes that best digest the cell wall of candida are cellulase and hemicellulase. While digestive aids may contain these enzymes, they do not provide enough of them to combat candida. For this, a specialty formulation is needed. Such formulations must be taken on an empty stomach. Because candida cannot change the structure of its cell wall, it cannot become resistant to these enzymes. And, because the enzymes do not stimulate the yeast to release toxins, they do not trigger a die-off reaction (see figure 6). In short, you won’t have to feel worse before you feel better. Best of all, fiber digesting enzymes are completely safe.

How Much Enzyme Activity Do I Need?

During the six years we have used fiber digesting enzymes against candida, we have found about 200,000 daily units of cellulase and hemicellulase to be ideal. Candex provides 208,000 total units of daily cellulase and hemicellulase activity.

Candex is a dietary supplement manufactured by Pure Essence Labs. It is an enzymatic remedy marketed to treat the yeast infection Candida.

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