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Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by the overgrowth of yeast. The most commonly known cause for the infection is a yeast called Candida albicans. Yeasts are a common part of a natural and healthy microbial flora and can be found in the majority of the population, in external areas such as the skin, but also internally as a part of our microbiome.
When an infection does occur, it is because yeasts have become too prevalent, which can happen due to a disrupted microbiome. This can be caused by long-term antibiotic treatment, for example, but general lifestyle and nutrition factors also play key roles.
Candidiasis can usually be treated through the use of antifungal medications or creams that can be applied topically. There are also some natural remedies for Candida albicans that can aid recovery, including essential oils and apple cider vinegar.
When battling candidiasis, it is important to seek treatment through your medical health professional. The right medical treatment, nutritional regimen and support by supplementation of natural remedies such as MakeWell’s CDA Plus, can help in your ongoing care of the infection.
In the following article, we’ll introduce you to some of the key ingredients used in MakeWell’s CDA plus supplement and explain why it can be a great addition to your treatment regimen!
Pomegranate peel extract standardised on punicalagin
The pomegranate can be generally found in Mediterranean cooking, and packs a punch when it comes to essential vitamins and minerals. The bright red seeds of the fruit are full of vitamins as well as folic acid. They are valued for antiviral and antioxidant properties, which makes them great for reducing the build-up of toxins within the body and helping to ward off viruses.
Pomegranate peel itself, however, is not of much use to most of us, which is why its benefits have been mostly kept in the dark. The Pomegranate Peel Extract used in CDA Plus is standardised on the compound punicalagin, a tanning agent. Punicalagin has been investigated for different health benefits, including antifungal properties in combination with conventional medication, amongst others.
Watercress belongs to the Brassicaceae family, which also includes numerous other plants, such as cabbage. One of their beneficial ingredients is mustard oil glycosides, which research has found to help improve cholesterol levels and assist in the treatment of heart disease.
Historically, watercress extract has been used as an ancient remedy in the treatment of urinary tract infections, although this has not yet been scientifically proven. However, recent research has shown that watercress extract can exhibit antioxidative properties, which makes it a valuable addition to MakeWell’s CDA Plus.
MCT oils (Medium chain triglycerides)
Due to their ability to be absorbed through the small intestine with ease, their independence from bile acids and their shorter chain length, MCT oils are fatty acids have been shown to contribute to weight loss and be more easily digested. MCT oils have also been reported to have a positive effect on candida overgrowth and are frequently advised as a part of the so-called ‘candida diet’, in the form of native coconut oil where they naturally occur.
Galgant powder is an edible spice that is part of the ginger family. It has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries for its antioxidative and antimicrobial properties. The nutritional value of galgant powder comes mainly from its root. It is rich in polyphenols, which have been shown to benefit memory, lower cholesterol and protect against diabetes.
Although there isn’t significant research on the subject, studies have confirmed that the root is rich in antioxidants. Other ingredients in the galgant root have been shown to offer both antibacterial and carminative effects.
Olive leaf extract
Olive oil is widely used in cooking and an intrinsic part of the Mediterranean diet. In Europe, olive oil of high quality is widely available and many benefit from its nutritional values.
In the case of olive leaf extract, beneficial ingredients include oleuropein, which is often processed out when making olive oil. The ingredient has been found to offer antifungal effects and could be a supportive treatment of Candida albicans. The raw material used in MakeWell’s CDA Plus is standardised on this important ingredient, offering great value to the end product, a premium health supplement.
Lemon juice powder
Lemons and lemon juice are widely recognised as health powerhouses because of their high levels of vitamin C, soluble fibre and secondary plant compounds. When it is dried into a powder, the citrus fruit retains a lot of its medicinal properties and adds a nice citric note in MakeWell’s CDA Plus supplement.
Horseradish is another ingredient included in MakeWell’s nutritional supplement for candidiasis. It is rich in mustard oil glycosides and antifungal oils. The extract used in the supplement is of the highest quality to ensure that all medicinal properties are carried over.
Further plant-based ingredients
MakeWell’s CDA Plus supplement also contains further plant-based ingredients, such as:
- Garlic extract
- Cinnamon and clove blossom powder
- Turmeric extract
- Oregano extract
- Cayenne pepper
An outstanding branded ingredient included in the supplement is BioPerine®, which is extracted from black pepper. Piperines are thought to increase the bioavailability of certain minerals and vitamins by different mechanisms of action, all of which have not yet been discovered. This is the main reason piperines are commonly classified under the term ‘bioenhancer’. BioPerine® is a registered trademark of the Sabinsa Corporation, USA.
The family of B-vitamins is vital when it comes to maintaining an overall level of health. They are attributed to the healthy function of the brain, energy levels and cell metabolism. They have been added to MakeWell’s CDA Plus to help limit deficiencies and encourage optimal health levels.
CDA Plus is a brand-new and unique supplement, with a beneficial combination of different plant-based ingredients. Just like all MakeWell supplements, it is vegan, hypo-allergenic and produced with the highest standards regarding raw ingredients and quality controls.
Further Reading and References:
Arsenault, Amanda B., et al. "Dietary supplementation with medium-chain triglycerides reduces candida gastrointestinal colonization in preterm infants." The Pediatric infectious disease journal 38.2 (2019): 164.
Bergsson, Gudmundur, et al. "In vitro killing of Candida albicans by fatty acids and monoglycerides." Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy 45.11 (2001): 3209-3212.
da Silva, Rafaela Alves, et al. "Antifungal activity of Punicalagin–nystatin combinations against Candida albicans." Oral Diseases (2020).
Nasrollahi, zahra, and M. Abolhasannezhad. "Evaluation of the antifungal activity of olive leaf aqueous extracts against Candida albicans PTCC-5027." Current Medical Mycology 1.4 (2015): 37.
Ozen, Tevfik. "Investigation of antioxidant properties of Nasturtium officinale (watercress) leaf extracts." Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica 66.2 (2009): 187-193.
Srividya, A. R., et al. "Antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of Alpinia officinarum." Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences 72.1 (2010): 145.