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IRON DEFICENT ANEMIA AND OTHER VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCIES ARE RELATED TO CANDIDA OVERGROWTH
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THE CANDIDA CONNECTION TO IRON AND ANEMIA
Candida overgrowth in the intestines may lead to the reduction of the good bacteria which the body needs to break down food and assimilate nutrients.
There are two direct ways Candida is connected to Iron levels and anemia:
One - Candida uses Iron as a food source which may lead directly to less available Iron for the body.
Two - Lactoferrin is an important protein molecule that attaches itself to the iron found in your food and transports it to cells, lactoferin is produced by the good bacteria in the gut.
Frequent iron deficiencies leading to anemia may be caused, not by lack of iron, but by poor iron absorption because of insufficient lactoferin.
Lactoferrin also prevents candida Albicans from using iron as a food source, good bacteria in the gut normally produce enough lactoferin so your body absorbs all the iron it needs, candida overgrowth takes over from the good bacteria reducing lactoferin.
A vicious circle can result:
CANDIDA OVERGROWTH > LOW LACTOFERRIN > LESS IRON IN THE BLOOD AND MORE FOR CANDIDA TO FEED ON IN THE GUT > MORE CANDIDA OVERGROWTH > LESS LACTOFERRIN >ANEMIA
Lactoferrin is also connected to iron storage in the body and may be important in keeping iron levels stable and preventing excessive iron build up in the body.
THE CANDIDA CONNECTION TO OTHER NUTRIENTS
The 400 or so good types of bacteria in the intestines that are disrupted by candida overgrowth are also responsible for other functions such as:
The manufacture of B vitamins biotin, niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and folic acid.
Pre digestion of cultured milk proteins and therefore protein absorption.
Enhancement of bowel function which if disrupted may directly affect nutrient absorption.
Help with control of fat absorption through the intestines and therefore cholesterol levels.
The absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals follows many very complicated processes and candida overgrowth may be connected to some of these.
I am sure the body cannot function as it should when candida is out of control and getting it under control can only help with any nutrient absorption problems espically anemia.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE CAN WORK TOGETHER WITH WESTERN MEDICINE
Anemia is a deficiency of red blood cells (RBCs) and/or hemoglobin. This results in a reduced ability of blood to transfer oxygen to the tissues, causing tissue hypoxia. Since all human cells depend on oxygen for survival, varying degrees of anemia can have a wide range of clinical consequences. The three main classes of anemia include excessive blood loss (acutely such as a hemorrhage or chronically through low-volume loss), excessive blood cell destruction (hemolysis) or deficient red blood cell production (ineffective hematopoiesis). In menstruating women, dietary iron deficiency is a common cause of deficient red blood cell production.