Supplementing B vitamins restocks the body’s supply, which had been used up for digesting highly processed foods or because of drugs, stress, illness, medicine etc. A healthy person may regain balance through a short term period of fasting on millet groats or vegetables. Unfortunately, people with Candida overgrowth have slim chances of delivering more B vitamins than their bodies will use for fighting the parasite, because that kind of diet is alkaline and attacks Candida viciously, which causes it to increase the production of toxins to keep its environment acidic, which leads to more and more B vitamins being used and their deficiency and the deficiency of substances dependent on them increasing. This is why you have to tackle Candida while avoiding alkalizing too strongly and providing B vitamins, which are necessary for the body to deal with the fungus without setting off its defense mechanisms. This is where civilization, which has destroyed us, allows for a solution: supplementation. But before you begin supplementing B vitamins, you need to keep a few important things in mind.
First of all, you need to remember that supplementing synthetic B vitamins is defective, since the contents of the tablets don’t mimic nature and upset the balance between B vitamins and their synergists, which can only be found in natural products. The additives contained in the pills upset the stomach, disrupt digestion, and as a result, absorption of nutrients. Moreover, they require supplying vitamin C in appropriate amounts, which is difficult to achieve: too little doesn’t create an environment in which B vitamins can’t work, too much makes it too alkaline, killing Candida, increasing the amount of toxins needing neutralization and thus using up more B vitamins. But those pills also have an advantage – they don’t contain any additional substances stimulating detoxication. This makes them paradoxically most effective for people whose symptoms intensify in response to everything else.
Second of all, B vitamins are needed and used at all times for all processes, not once a day. The larger the B vitamin deficit – and with it, the weaker the body’s ability to regulate itself, the more important this is. This is why small doses several times a day definitely are the best; absolutely avoid using a larger one once a day.
Third of all, it turns out that the body uses B vitamins for its current needs, which means that if you take them only in the morning, they will be used for the ongoing processes and there won’t be enough of them in the evening for the absorption of magnesium. Which means that if taken with a light meal (like millet groats) or in a very large dose, they will be used for the purpose of alkalization of the body, which in turn will increase the amount of toxins produced by Candida and reacidification. That is to say, the opposite of the desired effect. Were those vitamins to be taken with an acidogenic, heavy meal, they would in turn be used entirely or mostly for digestion, which means there won’t be enough of them for alkalization and magnesium absorption, which will leave the toxins unneutralized and the environment still acidic – Candida-friendly. If you take B vitamins in the morning, they will be used for daily processes and there won’t be enough of them for absorbing magnesium in the evening, which will cause a standstill of toxins and the environment to remain acidic, which is helpful to Candida.
Fourth of all, you should pay attention to the ingredients of the supplement, because it often contains not only a high dose of B vitamins (over a 100% RDA), but additionally other substances which cause intense alkalization, such as vitamin C, polyphenols, algae, acerola, herbal extractions. In that case you should only use those vitamins with a completely acidogenic meal, high in protein and fat (for example, a favorite of many gentlemen, pork knuckles, smoked salmon or pizza with cheese and meat). Which doesn’t mean I recommend these meals 🙂
Fifth of all, different bodies will react differently. Each ingredient combination and dose size has its advantages and disadvantages. The body’s reaction also depends on its resources and individual circumstances (such as hypoacidity in the stomach, which could cause heartburn after taking synthetic B vitamin tablets with filler substances or a very extreme B vitamin deficit, which could cause a very strong detoxication after taking flavonoids, algae or vitamin C, for example from acerola). It also depends on the quality of meals, with which you take B vitamins – the harder they are to digest (the more protein and fats they contain), the more B vitamins and vitamin C are necessary for this process; the lighter they are, like vegetable based meals, the higher the chance that the additional supplementation will be used entirely for alkalization, which means the cleansing of the body will intensify and so will the deficiencies caused by it and their symptoms. You have to find the golden way and that’s the hardest part.
Sixth of all, deficiencies of B vitamins may differ between the specific vitamins from the groups, but supplements provide a set in predetermined proportions. This is why it’s a good idea to have a varied and balanced diet, but also use multiple different B vitamin supplements – some of them contain a set of five vitamins, others of eight, all in different proportions. It’s worth making sure that we are not forgetting any of them in supplementation. Some B vitamins are especially strongly correlated with the overgrowth of Candida and can be supplemented additionally – preferably in the smallest possible doses, because a surplus of one vitamin causes the deficiency of another.
I found the “chief” B vitamin to be B6, especially in the case of a magnesium-rich diet (buckwheat groats, cocoa, nuts, etc.) when the need for it is drastically increased. The recommended 2 mg once a day definitely does not satisfy this demand.
The B vitamin necessary in larger amounts in proportion to the others is biotin – it’s synthesized by the bacterial flora, blocking the development of Candida and the transformation of yeast cells into a parasitic fungus form, which is why it’s the key ingredient in limiting the expansion of Candida. Additional supplementation of biotin in the evening allows for controlling Candida’s nocturnal activity and accelerates the healing process. Biotin is blocked by oxalates contained in some plants such as spinach or rhubarb, but mostly in tea and coffee – the more of these products in your diet, the more biotin is needed to stop Candida from growing. Such is the case with niacin. It’s worth supplementing it additionally. Its deficiency is caused by consuming too much alcohol and sugar (which is basically the same thing, because ingested alcohol is oxidized to acetic aldehyde in the liver and Candida, feeding off sugar creates acetic aldehyde; in both cases the result is the poisoning of mitochondria, which affects the production of energy and creates a large amount of lactic acid, which results in intensifying the acidification, elemental deficiencies, inflammation and pain).
You should definitely pay attention to the supplementation of vitamin B12 because it often isn’t included in preparations containing a set of B vitamins, it’s lacking in a vegan diet and in the case of a Candida overgrowth, the body has difficulty processing and absorbing it even if it is delivered.
Seventh of all – when supplementing B vitamins, you need to be flexible, because any amount of them influences the state the body is in, and in turn, its needs. Initially in a strongly acidic environment you may tolerate larger doses of B vitamins, but as the most basic needs are progressively satisfied, the same dose may begin causing intense cleansing of the body. You should however remember, that the strength of a dose of a B vitamin is significantly increased if accompanied by other vitamins from this group. You have to observe your reactions and symptoms (primarily related to skin, digestion and your overall wellbeing and energy levels) and manipulate your diet and supplementation so that the symptoms lessen instead of intensifying.
Word of warning – if improperly supplemented, B vitamins may cause intensification of the present symptoms or the surfacing of new ones because of sudden detoxication of the body. These symptoms may be dangerous. I’ve often heard people say they had an allergic reaction to B vitamins, as in a rash, runny nose, itching or tearing up – a reaction like that is a tell-tale sign of B vitamin deficiency and a deficit of magnesium, probably with an overgrowth of Candida being the root cause. You should be especially careful when dealing with B vitamin supplements in the form of injections – it’s a large dose, which will be used for alkalization in its entirety, which is why it may cause a violent response from Candida in the form of producing toxins and a strong reaction from the helpless body – sometimes immediately, sometimes only after the next dose.
And a fun fact for people dealing with skin problems – a water solution of cosmetic vitamins B3, B5 and C works better in healing, soothing and moisturizing the skin than any ointment or cream 🙂