The Best Probiotic for Your Candida

Probiotics are acknowledged as very healthy for anyone- but for Candida patients they are especially important to repopulate the gut immune system with healthy bacteria.

Unfortunately, probiotics are the wild west of medicine- no one seems to be able to say with authority which one are effective and which ones are a waste of money.

I have been doing my own research on the probiotics available and believe some are of greater value to my Candida patients.

When You Were Young…

First, some embryology: when you were in your mother’s womb you had a sterile gut; this means no bacteria were present. During a normal vaginal delivery, you were exposed to Bacteroides, a bacteria in the vaginal tissue and along with your mother’s breast milk (colostrum) your digestive immune system began to evolve.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the past few decades was delivered vaginally (Caesarian sections) and not many babies were breast fed for a very long period, if at all. Add to this our poor Western diet laden with sugar and processed foods, and our gut is out of balance. Also, antibiotics and hormones (like the birth control pill) created drastic changes in the gut immunity. Hence, many women and even men are Candida victims.

How Probiotics Help

The good news is that immune balance can be restored through proper medical treatment for Candida with the help of probiotics. I have discussed in prior posts treating Candida through a special diet and the use of anti-fungal medications. Now, I want to discuss the key elements in a probiotic that will aid in restoring the “good” bacteria to your gut.

What is a “Good” Probiotic?

A good probiotic should contain not one, but multiple strains of good bacteria. The list of good bacteria to look for are: Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus helvecticus, Saccharomyces boulardi (Brewer’s yeast), Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium. These bacteria are literally a mouthful to say or swallow.

probiotics for candidaIn addition, you want your probiotic to also contain a pre-biotic. Pre-biotics are molecules that help the reproduction of healthy bacteria. Essentially, they assist the probiotic to do its job.

IMO, or Isomalto-oligosaccharide is a short chain carbohydrate that is a good type of pre-biotic. Ideally, a good probiotic contains digestive enzymes that obviously aid in digestion.

The final key element of a worthy probiotic is for it to contain enteric coating. For a probiotic to function it has to survive the acidity in the stomach and reach the intestine to replenish the good bacteria.

My recommendation for the best probiotic for Candida patients, and everyone else is Probacto probiotic. It meets all the above criteria.

Fermented foods, such as yogurt may be beneficial in patients looking for probiotics who do not have Candida. However, I don’t recommend these foods to Candida patients because of the added sugars, the natural sugar, and the lactose in milk itself.

The folks at Probacto were generous enough to give us a discount: head over to the Probacto website and use the code “drmitchell” for a 10% discount.

Here’s to feeling better!

- Dr. Dean Mitchell
Mitchell Medical Group, NYC

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