Are there any benefits to using raw honey to cure Candida? The answer is not really. In fact, even artificial honey can stop Candida; albeit not as well as natural honey. So the short version of the raw organic honey treatment is that specialty, exotic honey does not provide enough antifungal power to validate its high cost. You might not hear this too much around the internet as many people are trying to promote their expensive honey product or derivative. But, we will go into some research that proves this to be the plain truth!
If you have some time, and want to educate yourself on using honey for Candida, feel free to check out this comprehensive article: honey and yeast infection. Skim through the linked scientific journals listed on this page as well for a real in-depth analysis of this topic.
Raw Honey for Candida
There was one study that is of very much interest to the topic of raw honey vs processed honey Candida treatments. The study was published in Frontiers of Microbiology [2012; 3: 265], and analyzed the antimicrobial effects of honey before it was processed (thus it was raw) and after it was processed. The processing of the honey was primarily heating and filtering of the honey. The species of Candida used to evaluate the antifungal properties of the honeys was Candida albicans (this species causes the vast majority of yeast infections).
The study used a wide variety of honey samples that included 17 different samples of honey. The plants which the bees utilized to create the honey were primarily the following plant species:
- Spotted gum (Eucalyptus maculata) (samples S1–S5),
- Red stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha) (samples R1–R5)
- Yellow box (Eucalyptus melliodora) (samples Y1–Y5)
- One mixed sample of canola/red stringybark (R6)
- One pure sample of canola honey (Brassica napus) (C1)
The study can be summarized in one table where the minimum inhibitory concentration of each honey is stated. As this table table from the study shows, there was little difference in processed honey and raw honey’s ability to inhibit Candida albicans. In some cases Candida was stopped even better by processed honey!
If you examine the chart, you will see that hydrogen peroxide production seemed to be significantly inhibited by the processing of honey. Thus, if you want a good antibacterial honey, you should opt for one better able to produce hydrogen peroxide; and this would mean using a raw honey product. Just remember, Candida is a yeast and not a bacteria; in fact, low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide may even stimulate the growth of Candida.
Another study, cited on other parts of this website, was conducted on various honeys and artificial honey. The study was published in the journal of Medical Mycology [(2006) 44 (3): 289-291] and showed that artificial honey also cures Candida. The caveat, however, was that natural honey did work to cure Candida better than artificial honey. But, this does show you there is not much need to procure a specialty honey to treat a yeast infection.
An interesting study was also published that demonstrated how artificial honey compared to organic heather honey in terms of antifungal ability. This study was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food (14 (0) 2011, 1–5). The organic honey was monofloral heather (Erica sp.) honey; and, 80 different samples of this honey were used. The organic honey was harvested in Portugal according to European organic beekeeping rules. The artificial honey was synthesized by dissolving 1.5 g of sucrose, 7.5 g of maltose, 40.5 g of d-fructose, and 33.5 g of d-glucose in 17 milliliters of sterile, deionized water.
The study found that the organic honey stopped Candida far better than the artificial honey; as the Medical Mycology study also reported. The study concluded that the component responsible for antifungal ability is not solely based upon sugar content.
As discussed in the article about honey and yeast infection, the species of plants the bees gather nectar from determines how effective a particular honey will be at getting rid of a Candida infection. The various phytochemicals that remain in the honey are responsible for this difference. Consequently, you can simply add antifungal plant chemicals to your honey by mixing it with essential oils or powdered herbs. This could be a much easier way to make effective Candida fighting honey; compared to scouring honey retailers to find the best type of honey.
Does Honey Feed Candida?
Eating honey for a Candida diet is probably not a good idea; as low concentrations of honey will feed Candida. When applied topically to the vagina, mouth, or other external area of the body, honey is a viable natural cure. However, when you eat honey, your stomach acid and enzymes break down the sugars and dilute the honey. Of all the studies specified here, various concentrations of honey were necessary to top Candida. When you dilute honey with other substances in your stomach, it is sure to lose its ability to control yeast overgrowth. Additionally, the yeast will feed on the sugars that honey will provide. Consequently, you are not going to be able to allay a digestive system yeast infection by eating honey. You will likely just aggravate your problem by taking in excessive amounts of sugar—as this is food for Candida.
For systemic Candida problems, focus on antifungal herbs, essential oils, and supplementing your diet with good probiotics (such as Lactobacillus acidophilus). Team that up with a low sugar diet, and you are going to give a powerful blow to Candida in the gut!
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- http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2012.00265 — The effect of standard heat and filtration processing procedures on antimicrobial activity and hydrogen peroxide levels in honey. Frontiers of Microbiology (2012; 3: 265)
- https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13693780500417037 — Honey has an antifungal effect against Candida species. Medical Mycology, 2006, Vol. 44, No. 3 : Pages 289-291 ( link to full text: http://mmy.oxfordjournals.org/content/44/3/289.full )
- http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2010.0211 — A Survey of the In Vitro Antifungal Activity of Heather (Erica Sp.) Organic Honey. Journal of Medicinal Food (14 (0) 2011, 1–5)