Grape seed extract is derived from the ground-up seeds of red wine grapes. It is rich in antioxidants and has numerous health benefits. Studies on grape seed extract show that it also has a strong effect on various types of fungi and yeast, and may be a useful supplement for getting rid of Candida infections.
Candida is a type of yeast that exists naturally in and on the body. It is usually kept under control by beneficial bacteria in the gut. However, when certain factors reduce the number of beneficial bacteria in our gut, Candida is able to grow beyond normal levels and cause an infection.
Grape seed extract has powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties that may be able to stop the growth of Candida yeast and reduce the infection. Studies on the use of grape seed extract for treating Candida have found that it may help in both the treatment of candidiasis (general Candida infection) and oral candidiasis (a Candida infection of the mouth, also known as oral thrush).
One study conducted in Italy examined grape seed extract’s ability to Candida yeast. It was stated in the study that, “the results pointed out a significant inhibition of Candida albicans load 5 days after challenge. These findings indicate that grape seed extracts with high content of polymeric flavan-3-ols can be used in mucosal infection such as vaginal candidiasis.”
Apparently, it is a compound in grape seed extract called flavan-3-ols that is responsible for its potent antifungal activity.
Of course, getting rid of a Candida infection requires more than just taking an antifungal supplement. Antifungals can help to reduce the numbers of the Candida yeast, but those that have struggled with Candidiasis know just how difficult it can be to treat.
In addition to supplementing with antifungal herbs or supplements, one needs to follow a Candida detox diet like the one outlined by Zuma Nutrition in their Candida Detox Diet Guide (Read More).
Candida, being a type of fungus, feeds on sugar and requires sugar to grow. So, in order to get rid of Candida, you need to alter your diet and cut out as much sugar as possible. By doing so, you can starve the Candida yeast which will prevent them from growing and will weaken their population so they are more susceptible to the antifungal compounds.
Working with both an anti-Candida diet and anti-Candida herbs is the best way to ensure success in overcoming a Candida infection. It is also important to focus on restoring your gut health with beneficial probiotics. Doing so will recreate a healthy environment in the gut that can prevent the Candida infection from occurring again.
In addition to restoring your gut health, it is also wise to lead a lifestyle that supports gut health and to avoid or limit the factors that contribute to poor gut health, like excessive drinking, chronic stress, cigarette smoking, and eating processed foods.
Health starts in the gut. So, by living in a way that you protect your gut health you can ensure a happier and healthier life.