How do I Use Acidophilus for Candida?

K. Gierok

When used properly, acidophilus has been found to be very successful in the treatment of candida. For best results, those who are considering using this product should first educate themselves on how and why it is effective in the treatment of this condition. In addition, those considering use of the acidophilus should learn which products contain it where to find them. When using acidophilus for candida, it is also important for individuals to consult with their physician in order to ensure that the product is safe for their individualized condition. Though typically quite safe, in some cases, the substance can interact with other medications, leading to the development of serious side effects.

Sauerkraut contains acidophilus.
Sauerkraut contains acidophilus.

In order to have success when using acidophilus for candida, it is important first for individuals to understand how the product works in the treatment of the condition. Candida is a naturally occurring bacteria that is found in a number of spots in the body, including the mouth and vaginal canal. In some cases, bacterial growth can get out of control, and lead to the development of a painful condition known as a yeast infection. Acidophilus is a microorganism which appears to be effective in limiting the growth of candida. Therefore, when used on a regular basis, it can aid in the prevention of the development of yeast infections.

Yogurt contains acidophilus.
Yogurt contains acidophilus.

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When using acidophilus for candida, it is also important for users to understand where to find the substance. It is found naturally in a number of food products, including yogurt, tempeh, and even some cheese. Those who do not or cannot eat these foods, however, can still add acidophilus to their diets in the supplemental form. In most cases, it can be purchased at drug or grocery stores as a capsule without a physician's prescription. There is some research that suggests, however, that acidophilus in the capsule form is not as effective as that found naturally in yogurt, tempeh, and cheese.

Pitcher of acidophilus milk.
Pitcher of acidophilus milk.

For best results when using acidophilus for candida, it is important to work with a physician. When taken properly, it is typically considered to be quite safe. In some cases, however, the supplement can interact with other medications, rendering them ineffective, or resulting in the development of serious side effects. Those who are considering using the substance for the treatment of candida are typically encouraged to speak to their doctor or pharmacist in order to determine if the supplement will be safe, and if so, what dosage will provide the best results.

Acidophilus capsules are available without a prescription.
Acidophilus capsules are available without a prescription.

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Discussion Comments


Has anyone seen liquid acidophilus products? I have thrush in my throat and mouth and I'm having difficulty swallowing. My doctor said to take probiotics with acidophilus but I'm having a hard time swallowing the capsules.


@alisha-- Acidophilus is a probiotic that's good for digestion. It also helps strengthen the immune system and this is how it's effective against candida.

What's important when taking acidophilus is not really the dose, but rather the strength of the supplement. I think it's best to take supplements containing 20 billion+ acidophilus bacteria. Anything less than that might not be very effective. Also, always aim for high quality products from trustworthy companies.

I know you said that you don't like milk products, but yogurt, especially kefir, is extremely rich in acidophilus like the article said. Since it's in its natural form, it will be more effective at fighting candida. You can buy fruit flavored kefir at the store and eat it with your favorite cereal.


I hate milk products, so I think I'm going to have to go with acidophilus supplements. I'm trying to fight my candida with natural products and this isn't the first time I've heard of the benefits of acidophilus.

Is anyone using acidophilus supplements right now? What dose do you take?

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