An antifungal is anything that eliminates or prohibits fungal growth in the human body. There are thousands of antifungal compounds found in nature; in fact, most vitamins, minerals, herbs, spices and amino acids exhibit some form of antifungal activity. Even many foods that you eat on a daily basis contain powerful, antifungal components.
While there are all kinds of antifungals available, certain antifungals stand out as particularly effective in eliminating pathogenic yeasts and fungi. Many of these are either food, themselves, or are derived from food (i.e., particular vitamins, nutrients or other compounds). While it is certainly possible to consume these potent antifungals in your diet, there is remarkable benefit in consuming them in concentrated, supplemental form. In fact, this is encouraged while you are on the Kaufmann Diet in order to gain the maximum edge in your fight against pathogenic fungi in the body.
A Brief Explanation of The Kaufmann Diet
The Kaufmann Diet serves two purposes. First, it seeks to limit your exposure to foods commonly contaminated with fungi and the poisons they emit, known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are among the most poisonous, naturally-occurring substances on earth; the frightening (and not particularly well-known) fact about mycotoxins is that they commonly contaminate many foods that the vast majority of people consume every day. For more information on the Kaufmann diet please visit our “Getting Started” section.
How To Introduce Anti-Fungals Into Your Regimen
The most important part of our antifungal program is making dietary changes. Without those dietary changes, relief from pathogenic fungi and reducing your risk of mycotoxin exposure are both unlikely. Taking antifungal supplements is no substitute for dietary changes and will likely result in no improvement of symptoms. However, supplementing with antifungal supplements may greatly increase the efficacy of the antifungal diet. This works both ways; dietary changes will greatly increase the efficacy of antifungal supplements. Simply put, an antifungal diet combined with antifungal supplements will work hand in hand with one another.
Once you have made changes to your diet, simply incorporate antifungal supplements by choosing one, and begin taking it as directed on the label, or as by your doctor or natural health care provider. It is important to remember that many antifungals may play other health roles, too; for instance, cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar levels, and essential fatty acids (EFAs) support heart health. Knowing these additional facts about certain antifungals may help you choose one that is appropriate for your health needs.
(Please keep in mind that certain foods and supplements can interact with medications. If you are on any sort of medication, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before beginning a supplement regimen or making dietary changes.)
List of Anti-Fungal Supplements
The following list is by no means exhaustive, but listed below are some well-known, and widely available potent anti-fungal supplements.
|The active ingredient, allicin, in garlic exhibits strong, antifungal properties. Garlic also comes in aged varieties, supplementally, which purportedly enhance its health-promoting effects. Garlic has known benefits for heart health and cognitive function.|