We come into contact with fungi every day, but very few species of fungi are dangerous to humans. Some may cause superficial damage, as with toenail fungus. Others, like ringworm and athlete's foot, can cause ongoing irritation. Fungal infections can be more dangerous if the immune system has been compromised.

A common, but often undiagnosed, fungal condition is candidiasis. While candida is a normal and healthy part of the human digestion tract, candidiasis, an overgrowth of candida, causes a wide range of health problems. Symptoms include uncontrollable cravings for sweets, feeling "sick all over", frequent vaginal yeast infections, and food allergies. People who have used antibiotics for extended periods or who have a compromised immune system are at a greater risk for such an overgrowth.

For an in depth discussion of candida and other yeast problems, read The Yeast Connection, by William G. Crook.

Beneficial Foods

Black Olives Whole olives contain the anti-fungal antioxidant, polyphenols.
Coconut Oil Excellent for those suffering from candida (yeast), as it contains caprylic acid.
Garlic Crushed raw garlic used topically can treat fungal infections, such as athletes food. Too much contact can cause blistering.
Quinoa Unlike many other grains and starches, quinoa does not feed fungal infections, such as candida.
Turmeric Has anti-fungal properties.

Beneficial Nutrients

Chlorophyll Helps destroy internal fungus.