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Yeast Infection (Vaginal)
Building up levels of healthy bacteria in the body may prevent a vaginal yeast infection. The body’s natural bacteria live in the skin, digestive tract, and vagina and help prevent pathogenic bacteria from taking hold in the body. One gram of fresh yogurt can have millions of healthful bacteria. The most effective yogurt contains cultures of live Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria. Note, however, that some common supermarket brands of yogurt do not contain L. acidophilus or may contain low levels of beneficial bacteria. Health food or specialty stores may provide a better selection of yogurt. Consuming garlic, foods rich in vitamin C, and indigestible carbohydrates known as fructooligosaccharides (FOS) may strengthen immune defenses against organisms that cause yeast infections. Preliminary research suggests that a phytochemical called CAY-1 in cayenne pepper may fight fungi that cause yeast infections.

What You Should Eat & Why

FOS
These indigestible carbohydrates feed beneficial bacteria in the body and may promote their growth.
Leading Food Sources of FOS: Bananas, Artichokes, Onions

acidophilus
Study findings indicate yogurt with live bacteria cultures may relieve unpleasant symptoms of a yeast infection and may possibly reduce the risk of a repeated infection.
Leading Food Sources of acidophilus: Yogurt

garlic
The potent sulfur compounds in garlic may suppress proteins that allow harmful organisms to initiate a yeast infection. Garlic may also boost immunity.
Leading Food Sources of garlic: Garlic

vitamin C
This antioxidant vitamin is essential for optimal immune function and may enhance the activity of infection-fighting white blood cells that help fend off yeast infections.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Oranges, Strawberries, Kiwi fruit, Potatoes

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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