Candida, yeast and sugar: the eternal dilemma

I have also believed for a long time that reducing simple sugars in my diet  would allow me to limit the growth of vulvovaginal Candida albicans.

I made several crazy attempts with diet that ended up wiith no improvements and great frustration.

Here are some conclusions:

Candida albicans is a commensal yeast of the vaginal and intestinal flora. Its presence is perfectly normal and physiological and it is unthinkable to maintain a balance of our organism without it

– Candida albicans has a glyco-dependent metabolism. It lives well thanks to the presence of glucose, but it can also use other sources of nutrition for its development (for example, lipids)

– Candida albicans is capable of transforming other mono and disaccharides (such as fructose and sucrose) into glucose

– Candida albicans loves iron (often people with candidiasis are anemic)

– Candida albicans is opportunistic and aggressive and will take advantage of any opportunity to develop and establish in our body

So, if we apply this scientific information to vulvovaginal candidiasis:

1- vaginal mycosis does not depend on the consumption of sugars. In fact, the intake of simple sugars (fructose and sucrose) or very refined ones (starch) cannot affect its appearance

We should add that a long term and repeated use of antibiotics may destroy the vaginal flora. This is the reason why Candida albicans could spread very easily

2- “sweet” foods cause little change in blood sugar whose presence in a healthy person (without diabetes) is constant despite the intake of food (we have a pancreas to help us!)

3- D-Mannose cannot be a nutrient of Candida albicans. It cannot be transformed into glucose (it is not metabolizable), there is no way that it can be modified to make it “edible” and it circulates in our blood in its initial form

4- the best method to fight against vaginal yeast infection is:

  • Lactobacilli intake to support the vaginal flora
  • Candida albicans deprivation of its indispensable food: iron! (with a Lactoferrin intake, for example Lenicand)

5- we can add a study of the American University of Dieticians and Nutritionists on more than 30 investigations on anti Candida diets to demonstrate that there is NO connection between the reduction of sugar consumption and Candida albicans proliferation regression

Some elements to think about

It seems that there is no connection between the reduction of sugar consumption and the regression of Candida albicans proliferation and no connectio between D-Mannose and mycosis.

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