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Pyroluria and Candida

Candida (a fungal yeast overgrowth) and Pyroluria (an inability to utilize zinc, vitamin B6 and biotin) are two conditions that may seem worlds apart. But for a portion of people suffering from Pyroluria they are intrinsically linked. Whilst Candida is present, there will never be a complete resolution from Pyroluria.

What is Candida and how does it impact Pyroluria?

Candida is a fungal organism overgrowth, specifically a strain called Candida albicans. Candida embeds it's rhizoid's into the intestinal wall causing damage, in particular Leaky Gut Syndrome. It also secretes a variety of chemicals and toxins into the bloodstream, which suppress immune function. To Pyroluria sufferers any damage to the intestinal wall, an increases in toxic exposure, or immune suppression will lead to an elevation of hydroxyhemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL). HPL is the substance that reduces the available zinc and B6 in a Pyroluria sufferer. It's also the substance measured in a Pyroluria or Kyrptopyrrole test and determines the severity of Pyroluria.

How does Pyroluria worsen Candida?

Pyroluria reduces the availability of zinc and studies have shown that a zinc deficiency increases the susceptibility to a Candida infection and increases the proliferation of existing Candida. Zinc is also important to improve the integrity of the intestinal wall and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome. Zinc plays an integral role in supporting and strengthening immune function and immune deficiencies allows for the spread of Candida. Biotin, often deficient in Pyroluria sufferers, helps prevent and suppress Candida by inhibiting Candida albicans from converting into it's more active rhizoid form. A vitamin B6 deficiency will result in the suppression of immune function, an increase in inflammation and a reduction of the immune cells that control Candida.

How do I know if I have Candida?

There are a few simple indicators that a person may be suffering from Candida;

1) Cravings for sugar, alcohol and carbohydrates such as bread and pasta

2) Sweet tooth

3) Skin rashes such as tinea, ringworm, fungal skin rash, or fungal growth under the nails

4) Thrush

5) Thick white coat on tongue 

6) Frequent antibiotic use, or long term use of the birth control pill

I think I have Candida, what should I do?

Even though the above signs can be common indicators that Candida may be an issue, they can also indicate other health complaints. It is therefore always advisable to accurately diagnose Candida by testing. A Candida test determines the severity of Candida, the best course of treatment and the success of that treatment. We offer a Candida Test with a results based Candida Treatment Plan that includes;

 

  • Dietary advice

  • Lifestyle advice

  • Nutritional supplementation recommendation

  • 9 minute Audio Podcast, by Dr Greg Newson, explaining Candida and the Candida Treatment Plan

  • Candida Recipe Book, containing over 80 recipes

  • Conquering Candida Video Series, presented by Dr Greg Newson, explaining Candida, diet, treatment and the Pyroluria and Candida connection

I have tested positive for Candida, what should I do now?

For those who have already tested positive for Candida, we offer a downloadable Candida Treatment Plan which includes;

  • Dietary advice

  • Lifestyle advice

  • Nutritional supplementation recommendation

  • 9 minute Audio Podcast, by Dr Greg Newson, explaining Candida and the Candida Treatment Plan

  • Candida Recipe Book, containing over 80 recipes

This article was updated on 27/03/2017 by Greg Newson ND

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