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Colostrum and Candida albicans


About Candida Albicans

Candida is a fungi normally living in the human mouth and digestive system. Under normal circumstances Candida does not cause any harm to human body, but it is a causal and opportunistic agent and can cause problems especially in immune-compromised patients[such as HIV, cancer chemotherapy,organ or bone marrow transplantation], causing oral, genital and gastrointestinal infections and can become a major health problem.

Manifestation of Candida

In individuals with a weakened immune system, Candida is usually a localized infection. It can appear on the skin or mucosal membranes: the oral cavity[oral thrush], the pharynx, the oesophagus, the intestines, the urinary bladder and female and male genitals.

Symptoms of Candida

Candida lives in around 80% of the human population with no harmful effects. Candidiasis is often observed in immunocompromised individuals such as HIV-positive patients when the immune system cannot keep the balace and Candida overgrows. Candidiasis also may occur in the blood and in the genital tract. Candidiasis, also known as "thrush", is a common condition which is usually easily cured in people who are not immunocompromised. One of the most common fungal infections is Candida.

How holvita™ colostrum can help against Candida infections

Colostrum contains components able to inhibit the growth of Candida due to an indirect action, rather than affecting Candida itself. Lactoferrin, lysozyme, secretory IgA and other protective factors in colostrum can help with Candida's symptoms.
Colostrum may help to heal the holes made by Candida's overgrowth on the intestinal walls, which are causing the serious health problem called “leaky gut syndrome”. When Candida has become rooted in the lining of gastrointestinal tract it is a very difficult to control it and the use of colostrum can be seen only as an additional help to control the problem by strengthening the immune system. Several studies suggest that colostrum leukocytes could be effective in controlling Candida Albicans infections.

Colostrum helps to promote healthy intestinal micro flora, and enhance uptake of nutrients in the food we eat and provide protection against pathogens. A healthy intestinal flora is the best protection against foreign organisms such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and yeasts. (Beth M. Ley) In the case of oral Candidas, which is common in HIV positive patients, colostrum can offer localized immune protective benefits. (Takakura)

In the late 1980's, researchers from Denmark reported at the European Conference on Clinical Aspects of HIV Infection in Brussels, that colostrum based tablets proved to be effective for thrush (oral candida) among HIV-affected individuals, given ten times a day for ten days. (Christensen)

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