The beta-glucans in the cell wall of Candida can both stimulate an immune response and suppress an immune response.2
When our immune system is weakened—whether from poor diet, illness, or emotional stress—it is unable to detect Candida as the fungus builds sticky biofilm or changes into its invasive hyphal form.3
Beta-glucans are used by Candida to construct its sticky and protective biofilm. Enzymes that break down Candida’s cell wall and biofilm help to fully expose beta-glucans and activate an immune response against Candida overgrowth. (4)
Featured in Body Ecology’s new Digestive Care Multi, hemicellulase is a group of enzymes that targets Candida overgrowth. This is because hemicellulase contains enzymes that break apart the cell wall of Candida, reducing its ability to hide from the immune system and invade tissue.
Hemicellulase also helps to break down the tough “roughage” found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. When left undigested, these fibrous sugars can slow digestion and prevent the absorption of nutrients.
In the gut, hemicellulase can manage or prevent Candida overgrowth.
Once hemicellulase is available in the bloodstream, it can also help to control systemic yeast overgrowth.
Research has found that the body naturally secretes digestive enzymes into the bloodstream, where they can tackle systemic disease.5
The enzymes found in raw foods and those that we take as a supplement mostly remain in the gut. However, when we take supplemental enzymes between meals—especially in slightly larger doses—these enzymes can show up in the bloodstream.6
A leaky or permeable gut lining, antibiotic use, and a sugary, gluten-filled diet invite systemic Candida overgrowth. Candida can travel in the bloodstream, infecting the sinus cavities and practically every organ in the body, including the skin and the brain.
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