The types of candida tests that are available to you.
The poisonous chemicals candida yeast produces can be detected by a good candida test. The most deadly of these chemicals are tartaric acid and acetylaldehydes. These toxins can cause chronic fatigue, depression, irritability and mood swings, hyperactivity, short attention span, memory loss, and learning problems.
Tartaric acid has been directly linked to autism and fibromyalga and other diseases by Great Plains Labs.
Acetylaldehydes are known to poison tissues - accumulating in the brain, spinal cord, joints, muscles and tissues.” says Dr. Stephan Cooter, Ph.D, in his book Beating Chronic Disease.
All these chemicals, along with the others candida produces are organic acids. So the The Organic Acids Test
is a useful candida test to detect these toxins.
The Organic Acids candida test not only checks for the chemicals produced by candida yeast and bacterial overgrowth, but also checks 40 other metabolic functions of cellular physiology. This test includes cellular energy production, neurotransmitter metabolism, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and intestinal dysbiosis. Intestinal dysbiosis measures the byproducts of bacterial and yeast metabolism that are excreted in urine. High readings indicate an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It also measures amino acid needs relative to your health status, genetic tendencies, aging and oxidative status.
Clinically these markers offer valuable information into possible causative factors of dysfunctional cellular physiology; affecting one’s physical and mental performance, and overall health status. This test is invaluable for putting ones cellular health back together and getting to the root cause of your candida yeast infection so you get it under control for life.
Quite often these tests will indicate you have yeast overgrowth but a follow up stool test will show no yeast. For that reason I do prefer the stool test or the candida antibody blood test below for positive proof.
Candida Blood Test
Another candida test that detects candida in the body is the Candida Blood Antibody
test. This test measures the production of immunoglobulin antibodies to candida yeast and mannan antigen fraction. All three antibodies should be measured, IgA, IgM and IgG, but IgG alone is acceptable
. If the antibodies are above the reference range, you have an infection. If they are within the reference range, you had one in the past. If no antibodies are detected, you have never had candida.
IgM antibodies will tell you if you have an infection right now or not.
IgG antibodies reflect a past or ongoing infection.
IgA will reflect a more superficial infection or an infection that is on the outside surface of the mucousal linings of the body. Such as the vagina, intestine or sinus.
Candida Stool Tests
Genova Labs does a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
using microscopy for detection. Metametrix's test
is the same test but uses DNA analysis to verify their findings, DNA is much more accurate. Doctors Data does a Comprehensive Stool Analysis
as well that uses three samples, which is more accruate than Genova's test as well. These stool tests are the best candida tests to get if you suspect you have intestinal candida overgrowth. The tests also do an analysis of digestion, food absorption, bacterial balance, yeast and parasites. This candida test is recommended for patients with diffuse and nonspecific GI-related symptoms, such as indigestion, dysbiosis, constipation, and diarrhea.
The test will measure your digestive ability of fibers and meats along with absorption levels of fatty acids. It measures your enzyme profiles along with bile levels, which monitors your ability to digest meats and fats.
Good bacterial levels and their byproducts of healthy digestion are also tested. This is very valuable information to have. I quite often see no candida or other species of yeast but an overgrowth of bad bacteria. Most of these bacteria feed on high carb diets and give you the very same symptoms of candida.
I also quite often see test results showing no growth of either acidophilus species and/or bifidobacteriums. This can be a problem when it comes to intestinal health and is often the primary cause of yeast and bad bacterial overgrowth.
PH of the stool is also measured and is influenced by gastric acid, pancreatic bicarbonate, short chain fatty acids, ammonia, bile, organic acids, and acids produced by beneficial flora. This gives you an idea of the balance of these factors.
A test is run for blood in the stool that could indicate further problems in your intestine that should be looked into. Intestinal inflammation is checked that could be caused by bacterial or parasitic colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other inflammatory processes.
You can have parasite testing added to this candida test although the test does normally look for Eosinophil Protein X. EPX is an indicator of parasites, chronic diarrhea, food allergy and bowel cancer. Bile acid ratio is measured which can indicate bowel and breast cancer. Parasite tests historically are only right 50% of the time so it is just easier to treat yourself for parasites once a year and be done with it.
The candida test looks for C. jejuni, C. coli, or C. upsaliensis. C. jejuni is recognized as the most common cause of bacterial diarrhea in the United States. C. coli and C. upsaliensis may also cause diarrhea. Infected patients may be asymptomatic or severely ill with symptoms that may include fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea with or without blood, and fecal leucocytes.
Last but not least this candida test looks for Helicobacter pylori; a bacterium which causes peptic ulcer disease and plays a role in the development of gastric cancer. Direct stool testing of the antigen (HpSA) is highly accurate and is appropriate for diagnosis and follow-up of infection.
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis is a very good test and is by far the most useful to determine if you have intestinal candida or something else.
Metametrix Labs also does a stool test called the Microbial Ecology Profile
that is very complete. They test for good and bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites. If any possible pathogens are found they automatically run susceptibility tests so you have an idea of what to take to kill it.
If you have candida vaginitis or a vaginal yeast infection your doctor can do a culture to determine the species of yeast that is infecting you. This is useful because different species of yeast respond to different prescription drugs when treating the infection.
Candida glabrata and candida krusei for instance do not respond well to Diflucan because of the biofilm they build to protect themselves. Boric acid suppositories and one of the Enchinocandins or Amphotericin B work best for treatment. These species infect roughly 30% of males and females with glabrata being the most frequent.
If you can't get your doctor to perform these candida tests then you can always take your health into your own hands and have it done yourself.