5 Herbs that Fight Yeast in the Body


Yeast is a microorganism present in everyone’s bodies and normally its presence is not an issue. However, the high-carbohydrate, high-sugar diet which is popular among Americans can sometimes lead to an overgrowth of yeast and health problems can ensue, including severe sugar cravings, weight issues, bloating, irritability and gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). There are, however, dietary supplements and herbs which can help to fight against the overgrowth of yeast.

Black walnut
The hulls of black walnuts are loaded with tannins (similar to the healthful chemicals found in red wine) and these tannins are known for their ability to kill off both parasites and yeasts. Because of how potent these black walnut hulls are, they are found as a common ingredient in many anti fungal supplements.

Pau D’Arco
Many people are not very familiar with this herb, but nonetheless it can be a powerful ally in restoring the body to health after a yeast outbreak. Overgrowth of yeast can be a symptom of a weakened immune system, and consuming teas made from this herb can help strengthen one’s immunity. This, in turn, can help the body naturally fight off unhealthy levels of fungi and yeast and support the body’s overall health.

Most people reach for this supplement when they are suffering from a cold due to its immune-boosting properties. However, these same properties can also help the body to fight off yeast infections naturally. It has the added attraction of being a powerful antibacterial agent, so can promote overall health because of this property as well.

While some people can be a little put off by the strong aroma of this member of the allium family, garlic is a strong ally in inhibiting the growth of fungi and yeast. It can be added to dishes like soups, stews or casseroles but also taken as a supplement. As an added bonus, garlic has been proven to be very beneficial to cardiac health, too.

This herb, in either dried form or as oil of oregano, can be used to inhibit the growth of yeasts in the body. This is because oregano is rich in compounds called phenols, which are powerful anti-fungal agents. In addition to this, phenols are potent antioxidants which strengthen the body’s natural ability of fight off overgrowth of yeast.

Overgrowth of yeast are a frequent consequence of a high-sugar, high-carbohydrate diet which nourishes and promotes fungal growth, but it can also be an indication that someone’s immune system has been weakened and is not functioning well enough to fight off these overgrowth naturally. Either way, consumption of some of the herbs mentioned above can help inhibit fungal growth and naturally strengthen the body’s immunity so that it can function optimally and fight the infestation on its own.

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