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Questioning Anti-Fungal Agents
Dear Dr. Jen;

Which is better for treating an intestinal yeast overgrowth, prescription Nystatin, or natural anti-fungal agents? Sincerely, O.S., NEEDS Customer

Dr. Jen's Answer:
Dear O.S.;

This is a great question because many NEEDS customers can relate to the challenges of battling candidiasis, and wonder how to effectively treat it. This condition can really test your patience because it can take a long time to kill off the candida completely, especially if it has been present for a long period of time.

There really isn't a right or wrong answer, but it is more about your personal philosophy. As a Naturopath, I usually try to treat a health issue with natural solutions first, and turn to medications only if absolutely necessary.

NEEDS recommends a natural candida protocol that includes four products. Two products kill off the candida, each with a different tactic to create a synergistic effect. SF722, manufactured by Thorne Research, contains Undecylenic acid derived from castor bean oil—it prevents the yeast from budding and multiplying. The second candida-killer is Candex, an enzyme formula that breaks down the yeast cell walls. We have found that this two-pronged approach is effective. You can also choose from a variety of other candida killers and pair them up for a synergistic effect.

Probiotics are always important to re-establish healthy gut flora and crowd out the yeast growth. NutriNEEDS Flora Biotic Plus provides 14 strains of high quality probiotics at a whopping dose of 35 Billion CFUs per capsule. Lastly, add in FiProFLAX flax seed fiber to support the probiotics and help absorb any toxins released from the candida die-off process.

Please ask a NEEDS customer service representative for a copy of this protocol, which includes the directions and dosages for all the products. We hope this answers your question, but as always, feel free to contact a NEEDS Wellness Educator for a personal consultation by calling 800-634-1380 or sending an email to!

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