Can Kefir Help With Candida Albicans Overgrowth?

Kefir and Candida Albicans

Kefir andYeast Infections, Anti-Candida Diets…

Kefir and Candida AlbicansIt seems counter-intuitive… kefir that can help control candida. Kefir is a culture that contains bacteria and yeast after all. Isn't it true that you should avoid yeast when on an anti-candida diet? 

First off, there are many many different kinds of yeasts strains, just as there are many types of bacteria. While we understand that we need bacteria in our intestines for health (probiotics) we do not really understand our relationship with yeast. Probiotics, though, are not only made up of friendly bacteria, but also friendly yeast! 

In fact, in one study of kefir grains, a collection of 2 milk kefir cultures and 3 water kefir cultures, a total of 34 yeast strains were isolated and identified. Many people assume that if they have a candida overgrowth, that means they have to avoid "yeast". 

Here is an excerpt from that study…

Antimicrobial activity was chosen as a comparison index for native and artificial grains.
The assays were carried out introducing 0.1 mL (3 x 108 cells) of S. aureus, S. tiphymurium,
E. coli, and C. albicans in 1.5 mL of kefir suspensions, following incubation for 24 h at
35 °C. After this period 0.1 mL of each tube was swabbed in Petri dishes containing the
proper culture media and incubated for 24 and 48 h. By counting the colony unit formers
(CUF) for native and artificial grains, the antimicrobial activity of kefir exhibited a similar
pattern, with total inhibiton for all strains for both kefir types

and another one…

Antibiotic activity of both kefir and purified AK (50 mg·mL−1) has been
evaluated [8] using both the disk diffusion method and susceptibility tests against some well
known pathogenic bacteria (S. pyogenes, S. salivarius, S. aureus, P. aeruginosa, S. tiphymurium, E.
coli, L. monocytogenes, and C. albicans). The results of the disc diffusion promoted by kefiran are
present at Figure 9. A rapid decrease in surviving pathogens with 0.45 mg·mL−1 of kefiran in
the susceptibility tests was also observed, whereas the prebiotic was able to produce inhibition
haloes about 26±2 mm, greater than those found for oxacilin, ampicillin, ceftriaxone, and
azithromycin, at their usual concentrations. 

In other words the milk kefir completely inhibited certain microbes that can cause infection in humans including Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. Not only that, but it worked better than antibiotics!   source: Kefir D’Aqua and Its Probiotic Properties


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6 thoughts on “Can Kefir Help With Candida Albicans Overgrowth?”

  1. Hi, Can you tell me how much milk kefir to drink each day? We just started this and we don’t know how much we need, thank you Debbie

    1. Hi Debbie Thanks for your question. Since this has become a fairly common question I decided to write an article about it. You can find it here- How Much Kefir Should I Drink. I really appreciate the time you took to ask a question that can help the entire community! 

      Kefir Nurse

    1. I’ve not heard of that Mandy, but the good bacteria finds ways to reward us so we will continue being good to them. They release all kinds of chemicals that interact with our own chemicals and hormones. My sister gets a euphoric “drunk happy” feeling when she drinks kefir! It’s great! A legal inexpensive way to feel great!! 

    1. You know, it’s truly a matter of preference. Milk and water kefir have very similar profiles when it comes to pro-bacteria and yeast. I drink both every day. If I were only to have one then I think I would choose milk kefir because of the added nutrition that comes from milk, plus the sugars left in the milk are different. 

      Here is something else interesting… Candida tends to accumulate in folds and crevices in the body where dampness lurks; under breasts, behind ears, in belly buttons and bum cracks etc. You can add kefir to your bath water to help with the outside stuff! My sister actually uses the whey on her face before bed. 

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