Many consumers of spirulina are attracted by its potential as a booster of the immune system. This application has been extensively studied and the use of spirulina to combat fungal infections by Candida albicans is no exception.

Une infection de Candida albican visualized in colours. A looming immune problem? Credits: CC-by by Ed Uthman

Candida albicans: an unpleasant infection with negative consequences on the immune system

Candida ablicans is a yeast that we almost all carry and that is typically harmless. In susceptible or vulnerable people however, a compromised immune system will allow Candida to develop strongly and cause a fungal infection called candidosis, with such symptoms as inflammation of genitalia, the mouth and the oesophagus.

Spirulina and Candida albicans in a few words…

Several studies tend to indicate that spirulina may be an ideal supplement to assist the organism in fighting an infection of Candida albicans, without replacing other therapies and interventions however.

When Candida albicans is targeted by spirulina... Credits: CC-by-sa by Eduardo García Cruz

There is experimental evidence that spirulina contributed a boost in the immune response to Candida after only a few days but that this response abates after roughly eight weeks. Spirulina could therefore offer a window of opportunity to assist one’s body in fighting a Candida infection.

Do keep in mind that this article presents general information on the subject and not medical advice or even statements of the demonstrated efficacy of spirulina. Crucially, one must remember spirulina is not a medicine. Please refer to a health practioner for his or her insights on the matter and present them with the scientific literature backing this information as it is still little known.