The Role of Biotin in the Treatment of Candida

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By Tess Thompson



Biotin is a B vitamin that helps in body growth. It is a part of the B-Complex, originally thought to be a single vitamin, but is now separated into several B vitamins. Its properties of acting as a co-enzyme have been a subject matter of serious research in recent times. Enzymes are complex proteins that are produced by cells and act as catalysts in specific biochemical reactions. A co-enzyme, on the other hand, is a small molecule (which is not a protein) but is essential for the activity of some enzymes. It is suggested that a co-enzyme is sometimes a vitamin.

The role that biotin can play in a Candida cure is primarily based on its ability to prevent yeast, especially Candida albicans, from converting to its virulent invasive fungal form. In presence of biotin, yeast is unable to change into its mycelium form, which is the vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching thread-like filaments. As biotin plays an important role in metabolism of fats and proteins that we consume, it is used as a supplement for yeast infection treatment to deal with Candidiasis, the overgrowth of Candida albicans.

Biotin supplementation is indicated in some of the prominent symptoms of Candida like:

  • Systemic, chronic, or recurrent fungal and yeast infections due to Candidiasis
  • Intestinal yeast infections
  • Oral yeast infection (Thrush).
  • Female genital yeast infections
  • Male yeast infections (Jock itch)
  • Other disorders associated with Candida like irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, and intestinal parasitic and bacterial infections

Unrestricted growth of Candida normally converts it to its systemic form when it starts affecting entire body systems. The fungal or systemic form of Candida first attacks the liver and then proceeds to affect the lungs, heart, brain, and other organs.

A diet that restricts growth of yeast is commonly used for treating Candida. In addition, foods that contain friendly bacteria, like yogurt, are recommended to aid the process of a Candida cure. Many times diet and probiotics, the beneficial bacterium, are unable to totally eliminate Candida albicans from the system. Probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus find it difficult to take their roots within the system due to the excessive prevalence of Candida albicans. It is here that biotin can play an important role. Research has established that optimal levels of biotin are effective in controlling even the systemic form of the yeast.

Before using topical creams or oral drugs as Candida treatments, it is important to get a correct diagnosis, because self treatment may ultimately lead to eliminate the option of conventional treatments for good. Allopathic drugs, if used recklessly, can lead to rendering them ineffective for you. The mantra for all treatments should be that if you do not know what it is, you cannot cure it. On the other hand, certain herbs, a natural and healthy diet, vitamin supplements (up to maintaining optimal levels) have no side effects, and at the same time, go a long way to boost your immune system to fight disease naturally.

References:
http://www.fungusfocus.com/html/biotin.htm
http://www.diagnose-me.com/treat/T48784.html
http://finditmall.com/health/general/candida/c_treatment.htm
http://www.flora-balance.com/candida_kits.htm

 

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