One of the important components to any effective Candida diet is the use of probiotics in order to restore the inner balance of the digestive tract. FiveLac is a popular blend of probiotics (good bacteria) designed to restore this balance.
Our digestive systems need bacteria in order to function properly and due to the overuse of antibiotics and the poor western diet, this helpful intestinal flora can be diminished, allowing room for Candida albicans yeast to thrive instead.
Is FiveLac a good way to restore inner health and is it any better than cheaper probiotics found at your pharmacy or grocery store?
What is FiveLac
Fivelac is simply a blend of five different types of bacteria. I wrote about ThreeLac last year, which is a blend of three types of bacteria. So lets break FiveLac down and see what exactly is in it.
- Bacillus coagulans- This is a lactic acid strain of bacteria not normally found in the human intestines. It is normally used as a feed supplement for livestock. Some believe human consumption leads to better vaginal flora and better intestinal immune response, but this hasn’t been proven.
- Bacillus subtilis- This bacteria also isn’t normally in the human gut, but commonly found in soil. Some strains have been used to treat diseases of the digestive and urinary tract because of its antimicrobial properties.
- Enterococcus faecalis- This bacteria is commonly found in the intestines and is used in many over the counter probiotics. Sometimes this species can cause life threatening infections if it gets into the blood stream.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus- This species is found in the mouth, digestive tract, and the vagina of a human. It is one of the bacteria strains commonly used to make yogurt.
- Bifidobacterium longum- This bacteria is perhaps the most abundant strain in the human digestive tract and is the first to inhabit the digestive system in infants. Its aids in digestion and is important for proper immune function.
Is FiveLac Needed to Fight Yeast?
Restoring the natural bacteria that have evolved to live in the human intestines is important when trying to eliminate yeast infections using a Candida diet. However, FiveLac may be a tad overkill. I would be hesitant to consume bacteria that haven’t naturally evolved to live in the human intestines and not enough research has been conducted to justify their use or their safety.
When reading reviews of FiveLac and ThreeLac it’s important to remember that the company that makes them relies largely on bloggers to market their products and the marketers receive a portion of the sale, so gleaming reviews are often prevalent. These probiotics are on the expensive end and I would generally recommend that those on a Candida diet simply find an affordable probiotic that contains bacteria naturally found in the human intestines first. FiveLac could be tried if improvement isn’t achieved with standard probiotics.
FiveLac is available securely from Amazon.