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Are Fatty Acids Good or Bad For Candida?

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I've heard mixed things about fatty acids being good or bad for Candida? Is it true? What else do I need to know?
asked Aug 5, 2013 in Diet by Vanna Newbie (120 points)

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I guess you heard it before: Building up the immune system is the only way to beat candida permanently and for that, you need to eat the right foods. This is where most people go wrong; they take probiotics and essential supplements but not enough good fats, which are keys to a strong immunity. If you do so, you are on a wrong diet and you will never achieve a complete cure. The ideal Candida prevention diet should have high amounts of proteins and good saturated fats (fatty acids are simple molecules forming a part of a lipid molecule), with minimal carb content.
 
Probably you have heard a lot of people telling you to avoid fats for it triggers candida overgrowth, but these people are completely ignorant on the type of fat that does it. Probably they haven’t had heard of medium-chain free fatty acids (and their corresponding 1-monoglycerides) and think trans-fats (hydrogenated vegetable oils and margarine, to name a couple of them; even canola and safflower oil).
 
These two take perverse pleasures in killing pathogens, both enveloped viruses and bacteria. Though the mechanism of action is yet to be found, there’s no doubt on their powers to crack open the microbes’ covering membranes (seen through electron microscope studies).
So, unless you are lactose intolerant, drink milk. It will help you fight not only candida but a broad spectrum of pathogens and parasites. Same applies to olive and coconut oil, especially the extra virgin and unrefined varieties; also fish oil (contains essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6) from non-farmed sources. This will ensure you’ll run minimal risk for heavy metal contamination and exposure to other pollutants.
 
Another reason for which you must take the good fats is they help the body to absorb more nutrients from your food and supplements. increase the body’s ability to absorb nutrients (especially vitamins A, D, E and K) from the foods eaten and increases testosterone, the key hormone that helps fight off infections. I do not want to go deep into that (it’s a huge subject). Just know it works (fats convert to cholesterol, which repairs damages and protects; it also makes the brain function properly and creates bile salts to help proper digestion) and the sources to obtain it from. That will solve your problem.
 
For additional precaution, take natural digestives like Trikatu and freeze-dried live probiotics and if you can do a castor oil cleanse before that, you will smile candida-free before it is Christmas. Hope you get well soon.
answered Aug 5, 2013 by Steven Candida Expert (3,000 points)
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