Intestinal health is very important for brain health. When the amount of harmful intestinal bacteria and or candida (yeast) starts to outnumber the amount of beneficial bacteria, there is an intestinal imbalance in the flora. The problem with too much harmful bacteria and candida (yeast) in the intestines is that the metabolic byproducts of these organisms (bacteria or yeast poop) gets into the blood stream and can make you feel really bad with symptoms such as fatigue and depression. These metabolic byproducts affect the brain with depression or other mental disorders.
One natural treatment regimen for depression involves suppressing the harmful bacteria and candida with herbal supplements and supplementing with very high dose beneficial bacteria also known as probiotics.
Detox supplements like Lipotropic detox and a detox diet consisting of lots of fruits and veggies and one green (kale and spinach and fruit) smoothie to support the liver are an important adjunct to this therapy.
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There is usually a significant improvement in symptoms within 2 weeks. If symptoms do not improve in 2 weeks, the dosage may need to be increased under the supervision of your healthcare provider. Also, Lipotropic Detox can be added on at one per day to improve results. Always check with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement regimen and if you are already on antidepressants check with your healthcare provider before starting this supplement program. The dose of your antidepressant may need to be decreased after starting this supplement program.
Gastrointestinal health is directly affected by factors like poor diet and a stressful lifestyle. The prevalence of refined sugars and carbohydrates and lack of fiber in Western diets have been directly linked to changes in the intestinal and colonic environments. Since more than 70% of the body’s immune system resides in the gut, establishing a healthy microbial balance is critical in reducing immune challenges and maintaining inflammatory balance.
Candicid Forte provides a blend of nutrients, fatty acids, potent botanicals and essential oils that promotes healthy microbial balance and immune support. Formulated with the goal of building a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) flora, Candicid Forte includes biotin, a nutrient that inhibits yeast from converting into the more aggressive fungal form, as well as fatty acids like undecylenic and caprylic acid to disrupt the metabolism of candida and create a hostile environment for colonization. It also utilizes potent botanicals such as berberine, Pau D’arco and oregano, rosemary, cinnamon and ginger, to sooth the GI tract, provide potent antioxidant support and ensure microbial balance.
2 capsules three times per day or as recommended by your health care professional
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and cofactor for carboxylases; the nutrient affects several key systemic functions such as tissue growth, development, immunity and metabolism. Deficiencies in biotin have also been linked with mild immune impairment. The role that biotin can play in the GI tract is primarily based on its ability to establish microflora balance by preventing yeast, especially Candida albicans, from converting to its more invasive fungal form. In the presence of biotin, yeast is unable to change into the mycelium form.
Phytonutrients from oregano, such as rosmarinic acid and quercetin, have been shown to play a role in supporting antioxidant mechanisms and healthy microbial balance in the body. In addition, the high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), on a scale developed by scientists at the National Institute of Aging) value of oregano, indicates its significant antioxidant-scavenging capacity to combat free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Oregano oil also contains two naturally occurring microbial balancing agents named carvacrol and thymol. Research suggests that these compounds relieve GI dysbiosis and promote a healthy GI microflora.
The inner portion of the Pau D’Arco bark has been used by Native Americans for thousands of years to support intestinal microbial health. The herb has been shown to be effective in promoting healthy intestinal flora and is recommended by herbalists for a wide variety of GI challenges. Studies have shown that Pau d’Arco may also balance musculoskeletal inflammation and in vitro studies have shown fractions from Pau D’Arco support microbial balance.
Undecylenic acid has been used to support microbial and immune balance in a variety of different microbial challenges. Studies show undecyclenic acid to inhibit morphogenesis of Candida albicans; the compound also appears to interfere with fatty acid biosynthesis, inhibiting germ tube (hyphae) formation and disrupting the pH in yeast cells. Of the medium chain fatty acids, undecylenic acid has also been shown to provide more potent support for microbial balance and is approximately six times more potent than caprylic acid.
Sodium Caprylate is the stable sodium salt of caprylic acid, a fatty acid found in coconuts. In vitro studies show that sodium caprylate inhibits aerobic and anaerobic growth, provokes loss of cytoplasm organization and organelles, inhibits budding, triggers potassium loss, and is destructive to the cellular integrity of Candida albicans. Caprylic acid has been shown to contribute to microbial balance.
An alkaloid extracted from plant roots, berberine has been found to express strong microbe balancing activity in vitro, and was found to be the best of four agents studied in inhibition of Candida albicans’ adherence to HT-29 epithelial cells. Berberine was also found to inhibit SAP (secreted aspartyl proteinases) activity by 70.2% +/-6%, a marker of yeast conversion to the aggressive fungal form. In one in vitro study, mice given 1 mg/kg body weight of berberine had a potent effect on microbial balance, and displayed synergistic effects with fungal balancing agents.
The essential oil of rosemary has been shown to exhibit broad-spectrum microbial balancing effects. The oil was analyzed in vitro for its microbial balancing and antioxidant activities and was found to have strong activity. Rosemary extract has also been shown to decrease oxidative stress in various tissues.
Cinnamon Bark Extract
In an in vitro study looking at different strains of microbes, including MRSA and Candida species, the essential oil of cinnamon showed consistent ability to maintain microbial balance. In vitro research has shown that cinnamon extract causes a change in cell morphology, destruction of organelles and cellular burst when microbes are exposed to the essential oils of cinnamon.
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The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a finely balanced environment where roughly 300 different strains of bacteria compete for space and nutrients. When there is a healthy balance (eubiosis), few symptoms exist. However, dysbiosis can occur when an over-abundance of potentially harmful organisms prevail. The natural flora balance can be upset by medications (such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, etc.), drinking chlorinated water, or eating too many processed foods.
Probiotics have been extensively studied and are characterized as having broad health benefits including (1) increasing populations of healthy bacteria following microflora imbalance; (2) supporting healthy bowel function; (3) increasing the production of important short chain fatty acids that provide energy to the GI lining; (4) creating a strong immune barrier and boosting immune function; (5) aiding in the digestion of difficult to break down compounds like lactose and casein; and (6) increasing detoxification of harmful compounds.
Because probiotics are live organisms, there are many challenges associated with manufacturing and distributing probiotic supplements. For a probiotic to be effective, it must be shelf stabile through the expiration date and shown to survive passage through the harsh GI environment to the intestines for maximum benefit. The microorganisms in PROBiotic 225 are first protected, sealed, and then freeze dried away from moisture, heat, light and oxygen. This puts the bacteria into a state of “hibernation,” allowing them to remain dormant, until they are exposed to moisture in the GI tract. PROBiotic 225 also contains probiotic strains that have been strategically selected based on research supporting their survivability and adherence to the intestinal tract.
PROBiotic 225 is a high- concentration probiotic supplement scientifically formulated to provide 225 billion CFUs of beneficial bacteria for intensive probiotic support. The hardy strains of in PROBiotic 225 have been specifically chosen for their clinical efficacy and ability to survive the harsh GI environment and a broad range of pH. PROBiotic 225 is formulated for maximum potency at room temperature storage. PROBiotic 225 comes in convenient, single-serving packs that travel easily and mix well with foods, water and any variety of beverages.
Mix 1 packet into 8 oz of a cold beverage of your choice, or as recommended by your health care professional.
Lactobacillus acidophilus (La-14)
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a beneficial bacteria strain that is normally found in the human intestinal tract and mouth, and is commercially used in dairy products for the production of acidophilus-type yogurt. L. acidophilus ferments various carbohydrates producing lactic acid, a short chain fatty acid that increases the absorption and bioavailability of minerals. This includes calcium, copper, magnesium and manganese. The production of lactic acid also promotes health by creating an inhospitable environment for invading microbes. L. acidophilus has been shown to protect intestinal cells by competing for adhesion space in the GI tract against harmful bacteria, such as E. coli. The L. acidophilus La-14 strain has been specifically chosen for use in PROBiotic 225 because of its strong adherence and survival attributes. It has been demonstrated to tolerate exposure to stomach acid, bile salts and antibiotics, including Ciproflaxin, Polymyxin B and Tetracycline.
Lactobacillus plantarum (Lpc-115)
Lactobacillus plantarum is a beneficial bacteria commonly found in fermented foods including sauerkraut, pickles, brined olives and sourdough. L. plantarum has been found to compete against strains of Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens, due to the production of bacteriocins (lethal proteins) that inhibit bacterial growth. Studies have also demonstrated that L. plantarum helps boost the immune response by stimulating Th1-mediated immunity.
Bifidobacterium lactis (BI-04)
Bifidobacteria lactis is predominantly found in the colon. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial on subjects receiving B. lactisor placebo for eight weeks found that B. lactis supported a balanced immune response in individuals hypersensitive to environmental allergens. Studies examining immune development and dietary supplementation with B. lactis have shown that it supports GI health by reducing intestinal permeability.
Lactobacillus salivarus (Ls-33)
Among the Lactobacillus species, Lactobacillus salivarus, has been shown to produce bacteriocins that inhibit the growth of H. pylori. L. salivarus can withstand high concentrations of acids allowing it to adhere and survive in the stomach and bind to gastric epithelial cells, while producing high amounts of pathogen-inhibiting lactic acid.
Lactobacillus casei (Lc-11)
The immune regulating properties of Lactobacillus casei have been reported in several studies. L. casei has been shown to regulate inflammatory pathways and reduce oxidative stress, indicating an antioxidant effect. L. casei has also been shown to support immune function by increasing natural killer (NK) cell activity and support healthy inflammatory balance.
Bifidobacterium bifidum (Bb-02)
Bifidiobacterium bifidum is predominantly found in the colon. Bifidobacterium is a normal resident of healthy infant GI tracts and usually colonizes within four days of life. B. bifidum has been shown to effectively compete with harmful bacteria such E. coli, Staphyolococcus aureus and Camplylobacter jejuni suggesting that B. bifidum’s lactic acid and acetic acid production provides an antagonistic action against pathogens to help maintain microflora balance.
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The lipotropic agents choline, betaine, methionine, vitamin B6, vitamin B12and folic acid support healthy hepatic fat metabolism and bile flow. Efficient processing and breakdown of fats in the liver maintains healthy overall liver function and detoxification. As methyl donors, these same nutrients are also critical for methylation, a widespread biochemical process in the body that involves transferring a methyl group to another compound. Methylation of DNA supports healthy DNA integrity and stability, important for liver, colon and overall cell health. These nutritional factors are also highly recognized for their ability to maintain healthy homocysteine metabolism. Taurine, curcumin, silymarin and artichoke have been added for their abilities to support healthy bile flow, gene expression and the body's normal toxin metabolism.
Lipotropic Detox promotes the breakdown of fats in the liver, allowing for healthy bile flow and toxin metabolism, and supports methylation reactions for broad cellular and biological support.
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Always check with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement programs.
This test is used to detect systemic candidiasis. Candida normally occurs in the mouth, vagina, or GI tract. This test is qualitative, meaning if candida antibodies are found, a candida infection is actively occurring now or has occurred in the past.
This test is an aggregate of IgG, IgM and IgA antibodies and provides a positive or negative result only.
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.