This isn't an antifungal or probiotic. It breaks down the cell walls of the yeast. I've been on 2 weeks of it twice and I noticed my oral thrush was better and the lessening of other symptoms. It hasn't cured me, but those two weeks were about a month apart and I haven't been able to take it back to back. For those of you who have candidiasis bad, you're probably gonna need more than 1 or 2 packages, back to back. It is pretty cheap, I think around $12.
I'm taking Candex too, but I sure didn't pay $12 for it. Are you sure we're talking about the same product by Pure Essence Labs? I paid $41 for 120 caps at Vitamin Shoppe and that was a discounted price.
I guess we're both online at the same time. I've only been on it about a week. My main problem is these pesky vaginal infections (and THE DIET) . I'm going to try this prescription suppository AGAIN, but this time eliminating the sugars, etc. and using the Candex. We'll see.
I've been using it for 5 weeks. The cheapest I've found it is $37 for 120 capsules (30 days) at http://www.discoveradifference.com. It ranges from that price to $50-$60 per 120 caps.
Candex contains 6 enzymes, mainly cellulase and hemicellulase, that are supposed to dissolve candida cell walls (made of cellulose) thereby wiping out the candida, as well as dissolving a few other things that supply food to the candida. These enzymes work on vegetable matter and not animal products. So it's supposed to be taken at least 2 hours after your last meal and again 1 hour before breakfast to prevent it from being used up on vegetables you've eaten.
It definitely works but not necessarily fast (for me, anyway). I've been noticing gradual improvement all along and "white fuzz" in my stool since about the second week of taking it. But I seem to have a pretty systemic candida problem and leaky gut syndrome to a great extent, so I think it's going to take a while to get rid of all of it. I think a cure depends most importantly on your diet; the Candex alone won't get rid of candida. At least it does seem to help and there is progress!
"Candex contains 6 enzymes, mainly cellulase and hemicellulase..."
I'm not familiar with Candex, but this sounds a lot like a multiple digestive enzyme product...??? If so, these simply mimic pancreatic juices, although some folks with candida have impaired pancreatic output, so such supplements can help. There's a number of such formulas out there (currently I'm taking Great Earth "Extra Strength Ergozyme"), with cellulase a standard ingredient, and sometimes hemicellulase as well, plus a boatload of other enzymes. Ergozyme costs $35 for 210 caplets, a two-caplet dose per meal. Enzymedica's "Candidase" contains 60,000 CU cellulase and 200,000 HUT protease (the only two ingredients) and costs $25 per bottle of 42, two capsules with each meal. They also have a larger, more cost-effective bottle as well.
These are the exact ingredients and quantities listed for two capsules of Candex:
Cellulase 74,000 CU
Hemicellulase 30,000 HCU
Amylase 4,000 DU
Invertase 1,000 SU
Malt diastase 200 DP
Glucoamylase 100 AGU
I think most of these are not what you'd usually find in digestive enzymes. I take digestive enzymes with pancreatin during or just after each meal and I take the Candex according to their instructions (two capsules at least 2 hours after last meal of the day and two capsules at least 1 hour before breakfast).
I've seen recommendations in various places to take cellulase and hemicellulase to help get rid of candida, although those references didn't specifically mention Candex by name.
Do diabetics have pancreatic juices? Are you talking about insulin? The health store guy said the protease which are in some of these products breaks down the cells of good bacteria as well. Candex doesn't have it. Another product I thought about trying instead of Candex (CandiZyme) does have protease. Is it true that it hurts good bacteria?
You are correct in your ascertation. If you go to www.puressencelabs.com, you should be able to find more information on why they don't have any protease in them. Also if you call them, they'll send you a brochure and they also have some study to document effectiveness.
I am using both Candex and Threelac, both claim to be fast and effective and no/minimal die off. I dont expect fast, but hopefully the fastest of all solutions. I like the concept and approach in how they work. Very different than just typical antigunals which kills candida by poisoning or being toxic. These claim to dissolve, digest and consume the candida.