Certain foods are packed with nutrients, but are still not recommended on The Kaufmann Diet. Fruit is a good example; many fruits, like oranges, melons, and other sweet fruits are packed with nutrients, but their sugar content makes them less than ideal for an anti-fungal diet.
Similarly, certain nutrients have profound health benefits, but eating the foods necessary to glean these nutrients is ill advised on The Kaufmann Diet. Below are some nutrients that have enough benefit to consider supplementing with them––but you are advised to avoid the foods they are naturally occurring in while on the diet.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is found in red wine that is often touted for its health promoting abilities. It is found in the skins of grapes but is concentrated in wine. Wine is often touted for its health promoting properties, but it is an alcoholic beverage. Alcohol is a mycotoxin––it is made by yeast (a fungus) and too much can kill you (a toxin). Alcohol is implicated in many diseases, and on an anti-fungal diet, it is off limits. If you want to experience the health promoting properties of resveratrol, getting it in supplement form is best.
Beta glucan is a powerful immune empowering nutrient. It is found in mushrooms and oats. While oats can be enjoyed in moderation on The Kaufmann Two Diet, mushrooms are something you should seek avoid no matter what phase of the diet you are on. Mushrooms are fungi and should be excluded from an anti-fungal diet. The immune properties of beta glucan however make it a valuable supplement. Check NSC on our sponsors page for great Beta Glucan supplementation options.
ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) is an antioxidant found in green tea that is associated with weight loss and anti-inflammatory effects. It is a large part of why green tea is promoted as a health elixir. Green tea, and tea in general, is at risk for mycotoxin contamination due to its storage and processing. It is best to avoid it on The Kaufmann Diet as much as you can. ECGC does have some benefits though, they are best enjoyed in supplement form.
Probiotics are found in fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut and in foods like plain yogurt. These foods are fine to enjoy on the diet, but the concentration of probiotics found in supplements is far greater than you will find in fermented or cultured foods. Probiotic supplements can be beneficial for those on an anti-fungal diet; supporting the healthy internal flora is a good way to prevent yeast overgrowth in the gut that can then spread throughout the body. See Dr. Ohhiras Probiotics on our sponsors page for great Probiotic supplementation options.