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B Vitamins and Candida Overgrowth

by Cassandra
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)


It's stated on this site that "Candida ablicansCandida tropicalis and Candida parapsilosis need biotin to grow. Candida albicans also likes thiamine, pantothenate, nicotinic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid and vitamin b12. Candida glabrata needs niacin and pyridoxine...". So, are B vitamins off limits? How about foods high in B vitamins (i.e. organ meats)?

I have been diagnosed with mild neutropenia; it appears to be genetic as I am not immunocompromised. I am also dealing with severe candida overgrowth and iron deficiency anemia. I feel better and my candida symptoms lessen when I take a combination of B12, B6 and Folate along with Bovine Spleen Extract (rich in iron) to treat the anemia. But, I am concerned that the B vitamins might be feeding the candida.

Thank you,

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Aug 15, 2023

by: Dan

Hello Cassandra,

As the studies point out, if you are deficient in these vitamins it can cause immune system deficiencies. In these cases, taking B vitamins, including biotin, will help a persons immune system so it can fight the Candida infection. In the Yamaguchi study it did clear the infection caused by the deficiency. Doses however need to be very high, 10,000mgs daily.

You need to stay healthy when fighting any sort of infection, candida or otherwise. So I would not avoid B vitamins or any of the vitamins yeasts use for growth. If you are deficient, you need to take high doses to improve immune function. The same goes for carbs, you need some to keep the white blood cells functioning at their best so they can fight infections as well.

I would not take B vitamins, including biotin, as a treatment for Candida unless I was deficient. But considering your other health problems, if taking the B12, B6 and Folate along with Bovine Spleen Extract makes you feel better, I would continue.

Any other questions let us know.

Aug 15, 2023
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by: Cassandra

Thank you for your detailed response. It really clarifies things for me. I was avoiding B vitamins for years before I started taking the combination of B12, B6 and Folate due to misinformation on the web about strictly avoiding them. I have a better understanding of how to support my immune system to fight off this candida overgrowth, from everything I've been learning on this site.

Thank you for creating such a reliable resource.

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