Managing your Candida infection usually means changing your diet. In fact, one of the first things your doctor may suggest as a treatment for a fungal infection of the gut will be a lifestyle change. When treating a Candida infection, certain nutrients like carbohydrates are often dramatically reduced or completely removed from the diet. Another popular nutrient that may help Candida growth could be caffeine.
So, what is the connection between caffeine and Candida infections?
Caffeine and B vitamins
One of the reasons why caffeine and Candida infections may be connected is the effect that caffeine has on the immune system. Research shows that increased caffeine consumption is strongly related to lowered levels of several compounds that play a vital role in maintaining our immune system.
For example, one study found that healthy middle-aged men and women who drank more coffee had lower levels of circulating vitamin B-1. Scientists believe that could be happening because we lose surplus of B vitamins through urine and coffee is a diuretic.
Caffeine and Inositol
Another compound that is important for our immune system and seems to be affected by caffeine is inositol. This sugar may play an important role in fighting fungal infections, and research has found that caffeine inhibits this compound and causes its levels to drop.
The connection between caffeine and Candida infections may not be a convincing one, but it’s definitely worth considering. If you’re worried about fungal infections, stay off coffee until you’re sure you are no longer at risk of an infection.