What is this buzz about Candida overgrowth?

It is estimated that at least 90 % of the general population will experience a candida overgrowth at some point in their lives. Most people, however, will not realise it, as it usually does not cause disease.

A change in the environment of the mucous membranes can lead to an overgrowth of the fungus causing unwanted symptoms in the body, most commonly in the vagina, mouth, throat and the gastrointestinal tract.1

Symptoms include vaginitis, kidney and bladder infections, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome, which usually worsen in damp or mouldy conditions, or after consumption of foods containing sugar and/or yeast.1

Conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, a weakened immune system and the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives and hormones predispose individuals, especially women, to Candida infections.1

It is estimated that 60 % of fungal infections occur in women, 20 % in men and 20 % in children.1 Prevention of chronic and recurrent infections through diet (avoiding foods containing sugar, gluten and refined oils and fats), wearing breathable underwear and avoiding irritating feminine products is the most effective “treatment” when used with topical antifungal medications and oral azole antifungal drugs such as fluconazole.

However, repeated azole therapy, particularly in women, has been associated with fungal resistance. A study showed that approximately 30 % of women with vaginitis are or can become resistant to fluconazole.2

Kolorex®, a complementary medicine contains the Horopito herb (Pseudowintera colorata).4 The active ingredient, polygodial, a phytonutrient, is an antifungal substance first isolated in 1982 in New Zealand from the Horopito herb and has been shown to have strong antifungal activity against Candida albicans.5

About Kolorex® Digestive Care:4

  • Available in 750 mg softgel capsules containing 2.5 mg polygodial per capsule.
  • Can be used by women and men older than 12 years of age who suffer from symptoms associated with irritable bowl syndrome. 
  • Clinically proven to work from day one and control Candida fungal overgrowth for at least 6 months.
  • It is not a probiotic but can be taken with probiotics to create the desired balance in the gut for a healthy immune system.
  • Can be used in conjunction with diabetic medication or antibiotics
  • Can be taken with antibiotics.
  • Favourable safety profile for long-term use.2,6

References:

  1. Du Preez, H. Treating Candidiasis. The South African Journal of Natural Medicine 2008, Issue 39, pp 72 – 80.
  2. Kumari A, et al. Protective Effect of an Oral Natural Phytonutrient in Recurrent Vulvovaginal Candidiasis: A 12-Month Study. Journal of Biological & Homeostatic Agents. Vol 24, no. 4, 0-0. (2011) 
  3. Kubo I, et al. Antifungal Mechanism of Polygodial. J. Agric. Food Chem, 49, 1607−1611. (2001)
  4. Kolorex Product Information.
  5. Kolorex yeast free living. http://www.sanopharm.com/documenten/Kolorex-Scientific-Summary.pdf
  6. Chopra V, et al. Prophylactic Strategies in Recurrent Vulvovaginal Candidiasis: A 2-Year Study Testing a Phytonutrient vs Itraconazole. Journal of Biological & Homeostatic Agents. Vol 27, no. 3. (2013)

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