Olive Leaf Extract Alleviates Candida or Yeast Overgrowth
How It Works
Olive Leaf Extract which is literally the leaf of an olive, contains Oleuropein, a powerful anti-fungal that prevents candida overgrowth. It is full of antioxidants that support immune function.
According to, thecandidadiet.com,
"Scientific research has shown Oleuropein to harbor an incredible array of health properties, including antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic ,and antiviral. New evidence has now suggested that olive leaf extract has the power to kill Candida albicans and ward off future overgrowth."
I take one 500mg capsule of Olive Leaf Extract daily at breakfast. Since taking olive leaf extract for the last 6 months, I have not had one yeast infection.
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I have a mold story. To read about my family's exposure to toxic mold and what we did to heal, link here. This was years ago and fortunately, we are all better now.
BUT, a side effect of mold is a fungal overgrowth in the body. This often manifests as yeast infections (for me, vaginal infections) and post mold, this was a lingering debilitating condition I suffered almost monthly and the infections were very hard to treat.
To detox the yeast overgrowth or the Candida in my body, I went on strict candida free diet. I eliminated anything that would convert to sugar in my body (sugar feeds yeast)--bread, corn, alcohol, vinegar, mushrooms, etc. I did the diet with the help of a functional medicine doctor in NYC, Dr. Morton Teich who specializes in Candida. I asked him how long would I have to be on the diet and he responded, "A year or two, but you are going to feel so good, that you will eat this way for life."
While the diet was daunting and required extreme willpower and determination, I did it because the alternative was just not an option. I wanted to rid myself of the discomfort! And as he predicted, I was blown away by the changes I felt simply by changing my diet. My yeast symptoms diminished considerably and what was really unexpected was how the candida free diet changed my brain. I could think and write on a whole new level. The clarity was astounding.
With time, I have been able to add candida generating foods back into my diet, but in moderation. I remain very conscious of my sweet intake as well as bread and vinegar for both candida sake as well as my brain. I actually now prefer olive oil and lemon as my salad dressing. All food in our home is organic, non gmo, grass fed, etc. I drink alcohol on occasion, but (sadly) I now generally go from a quick buzz to wanting to go to sleep and... for the most part the yeast infections are far and few between. They did not disappear entirely from the cleanse, but post cleanse when I got them (maybe 3 times per year versus monthly), they were easily treatable and would go away quickly.
BUT since I have been taking Olive Leaf Extract daily, they have been non-existent even when my diet is not great. Out of everything I have tried, olive leaf extract has really worked. The capsule I take daily is clearly helping me to prevent an infection.