Candida and Yeast Cleanse
Fungal Defense (FD) supplement delivers nature's most effective compounds to actively eliminate excess candida and other fungi from the body. The powerful ingredients in the FD formula is specifically formulated to limit the growth of yeast and other fungi, resulting in a balanced, healthy internal environment.
In healthy people, candida does little harm because it's kept in check by beneficial microorganisms, or probiotics. These "good" bacteria, however, can be easily destroyed by antibiotics, prescription medications, birth control pills, poor diet and daily stress, allowing candida yeast to grow out of control and produce infections. Thought to affect more than 40 million Americans, candida can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as vaginitis, bowel disorders, ear and sinus irritation, intense itching, canker sores and ringworm.
Fungal Defense supplement helps combat the effects of candida and other fungi with Homeostatic Soil Organism blends, enzymes and herbal extracts considered to be among the most powerful anti-fungal substances in nature. Garden of Life's proprietary Poten-Zyme™ fermentation process makes FD easy to digest and assures more complete absorption of valuable nutrients.
Candida and Yeast Cleanse
- Powerful Anti-Candida Formula
- Contains Potent Anti-Yeast and Anti-Fungal Compounds
- Stimulates and Enhances Immune Functions
- Probiotic Strains of Beneficial HSOs™ (Homeostatic Soil Organisms)
- Restores Healthy Intestinal Flora
- Utilizes Exclusive Poten-Zyme™ Process
What Is Candida?
Candida albicans is a single-celled fungal yeast that inhabits the intestinal tract and mucous membranes of every living person. Among the most prolific organisms on the planet, it is impossible to keep out of the body, but it does little harm when balanced by beneficial microorganisms, or probiotics. However, when the immune system is compromised or friendly bacteria are killed by taking antibiotics, candida can grow unrestrained and produce infections that can last for years.
Over consumption of unhealthy foods can lead to Candida overgrowth.
A Word on Diet
The powerful ingredients in FD are specifically targeted to destroy yeast and other fungi and to restore a balanced, healthy internal environment. To prevent re-infection and to maintain a properly balanced system, it is critical to reduce, or in some cases, eliminate the intake of the following foods: sweets, carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, muffins, glutenous grains, etc), alcohol, vinegar, fruits, and aged cheeses - as these foods (especially sugars and carbohydrates) feed the yeast which thrive in sugary environments and actually cause you to crave these very foods.
Fungal Defense's Powerful Anti-Fungal Compounds
HSOs and Their Probiotic Function: We usually have a balance of approximately 85% good to 15% harmful organisms in the intestinal tract but most of us today have the opposite ratio. Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs) are highly stable beneficial probiotic microorganisms. Impervious to stomach acids, they crowd out pathogens, eliminating yeast, fungi and bad bacteria from the intestines.
The Enzyme Connection: Candida research favorably supports the indispensable role of specific enzymes and their ability to literally digest Candida cell walls. The FD formula utilizes potent amounts of both cellulase and protease. Cellulase breaks down fibrous carbohydrates while protease hydrolyzes (digests) protein. These two enzymes help to dissolve the cell wall of yeast and other fungi.
Wild Oregano and Olive Leaf Extracts: The most powerful anti-fungal substances found in nature. Wild Oregano and Olive Leaf Extracts are recognized for their potent anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic properties. FD allows their primary fungicidal components work synergistically to help eliminate yeast and fungus on contact.
Garlic and Yucca Juice Extracts: Known as Russian penicillin, Garlic is considered to be nature's premier antibiotic and anti-fungal. It is effective against bacteria and yeast that may be resistant to antimicrobial medications yet does not destroy the body's normal, friendly flora.
A potent blood purifier, the juice from the Yucca root found predominantly in the desert Southwest aids in digestion and produces surfactants which help to breakdown the lipid envelope that coats certain viruses and fungi including Candida.
"The best defense against candidiasis, also known as yeast infection or thrush, could well be use of homeostatic soil organisms, or HSOs as they are now known"
by Jordan Rubin, N.M.D., C.N.C.
In January 2000, physician skeptic Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., professor of gastroenterology and public health at Life Chiropractic College, came across promotional materials about Primal Defense™ with HSOs. Essentially, Primal Defense HSOs are soil organisms that were obtained from a pristine environment and are thought to be as old as the earth itself. Because so many people with various gastrointestinal disorders and other maladies such as chronic fatigue have made themselves well again by using these beneficial soil organisms, a number of Dr. Goldberg’s patients who had heard the reports began to question him about Primal Defense.
Dr. Goldberg is not a big fan of nutritional supplements. He believes the claims surrounding products often exaggerate their benefits. He therefore challenged us at Garden of Life (manufacturer of Primal Defense) to allow him to do his own study utilizing a patient population that had been largely unresponsive to a wide range of medical treatments to see whether this formula could live up to its claims.*
Among the very positive results obtained for a wide range of conditions (ranging from asthma and poor lung function to constipation, psoriasis and various types of gastrointestinal upset), the results revealed an appreciable lowering in candida yeast counts in each of the eight subjects who showed elevated yeast counts initially, as verified by stool and blood testing before and after administration of the HSOs.
Let me repeat: Every patient with elevated candida levels had a significant reduction. No subjects exhibited any significant increase in yeast counts. Two subjects had candida antibody titers done prior to and after the protocol. Both showed a significant reduction in their titers along with pronounced clinical improvement in their symptoms (see table).
Candida Background & Emerging Drug Resistance
Candida vaginitis is one of the most frequent infections of the female genital tract. Approximately 75 percent of sexually active women suffer at least one episode of candida vaginitis and 10 percent have recurrent episodes. (Pregnancy, diabetes mellitus and antibiotic treatment are the most common predisposing factors.) Most women rely on use of prescription medications to eliminate candida.
Only recently, federal regulators allowed drug makers to offer over-the-counter yeast infections without a prescription. Diflucan (fluconazole), for example, is now approved for the nonprescription treatment of vaginal yeast infection. Suddenly, it seems, women have become acutely aware of yeast infection syndrome. Many women assume every vulvar or vaginal itch they have is due to candida overgrowth. But, sometimes, the problem isn’t specifically yeast infection. So women have to be careful when self-diagnosing and self-medicating.
The problem is that, when you expose naturally occurring vaginal yeast to these drugs anyway, some of the yeast die but others with a slightly different genetic makeup turn out to be resistant. These resistant yeast strains thrive and multiply. Thus, when women really do have yeast infection, these resistant strains of yeast are now more and more often drug resistant. Running to the pharmacy for an OTC medication simply won’t work, notes a health expert. So women must go to their doctor for a much stronger medication. In one clinical study, fluconazole-resistant Candida albicans yeast was found in 13.46 percent of cases.
In addition, when OTC remedies fail to work, doctors may prescribe oral Nizoral (ketoconazole) or Sporanox (itraconazole). Although these are not approved for the treatment of vaginal yeast infection, they are, in fact, reserved for chronic, complicated, recurrent fungal infections.
However, in the case of Sporanox, be aware of severe toxicity, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions. The Food and Drug Administration believes that there is a small but real risk of developing congestive heart failure associated with Sporanox therapy. Sporanox has also been associated with serious liver toxicity, including liver failure and death, with some cases involving patients who had neither pre-existing liver disease nor a serious underlying medical condition.
A safe, efficacious method of treating yeast infection is clearly desirable.
Safety & Efficacy Combined in FD
Additional clinical study results and data from thousands of patients who have used the HSOs demonstrate conclusively that these beneficial probiotics are extremely effective in elimination of systemic candida overgrowth—and for other types of fungal infections.
Based on these results, we have done two things. First, our HSOs have been approved for a double-blind placebo-controlled study to reverse leaky gut syndrome and chronic candidiasis at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, Tempe, Arizona. The study, from a National Institutes of Health-approved institution, should further confirm their safety and efficacy. Second, we felt we could improve this specific application of the HSOs in Primal Defense by combining them with FD.
This solves two problems: one is that most women who use natural healing methods usually end up purchasing several different products, including a probiotic formula and one or more anti-fungal herbal combinations. With FD, there is the need for only one formula. Second, we are addressing the primary issues of fungal overgrowth without the use of drugs, thus avoiding drug resistance and adverse effects.
Gut Ecology Disturbed—Understanding the True Cause of Candida & Fungal Infections
The real culprit in candida yeast and other fungal infections is dysbiosis, a bowel condition that occurs when the population of organisms residing within the gastrointestinal tract becomes unbalanced, often resulting in acute or chronic sickness.
Normally, populations of pathogenic flora are kept in balance by competition from good bacteria and because of symbiosis, which is the mutually interdependent relationship among the hundreds of intestinal microbial species. The problem is that after antibiotics have wiped out all or much of the entire gastrointestinal landscape, the bad bacteria have the upper hand, because they love the types of foods and complex sugars that we typically consume in our diet, especially refined sugar found in candy, baked goods and soft drinks.
So, when antibiotics disturb the balance of good and bad bacteria, it’s the bad bacteria that get the head start in repopulating the barren property within your gastrointestinal tract.
Repeated use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and steroid medications can set up conditions for opportunistic overgrowth of organisms that are not affected by the drugs or that are able to re-colonize rapidly once treatment has ended. This is particularly true of yeast and fungal organisms. I can’t tell you how often we hear from patients treated with antibiotics, especially women patients, whose bodies are overrun by candida. For men, such treatment often results in residual urinary tract bacteria, resulting in urinary tract infections and prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland).
With HSOs, we have some of the strongest, toughest beneficial bacterial strains common to the human body. When patients ingest HSOs, these microorganisms take up residence both in the gastrointestinal and vaginal tissues. They displace harmful pathogenic fungal species, causing their populations to decline dramatically, restoring homeostatic balance. They also produce bactericidal chemicals that decimate pathogenic bacterial strains.
Prescription for Reducing Yeast Overgrowth
The powerful ingredients in FD are specifically targeted to destroy yeast and other fungi and to restore a balanced, healthy internal environment. To prevent re-infection and to maintain a properly balanced system, it is critical to reduce, or in some cases, eliminate the intake of the following foods: sweets, carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, muffins, gluten-based grains), alcohol, vinegar, sweet fruits, and aged cheeses. These foods (especially sugars and refined carbohydrates) feed the yeast that thrive in sugary environments and actually cause you to crave even more of these very foods.
Because the key to balancing yeast overgrowth is to maintain healthy intestinal flora, we highly recommend that after completion of the 14-day FD program, you begin taking Primal Defense (6 to 12 caplets per day for three to six months, and thereafter reducing to a maintenance dosage as per label instructions). For stubborn cases, the two-week FD program may be repeated as desired.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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