Once again of all the Candida Albicans Definitions we could not improve upon Wikipedia:
Candida albicans is a diploid fungus that grows both as yeast and filamentous cells and a causal agent of opportunistic oral and genital infections in humans. RNA-binding protein Slr1 was recently discovered to play a role in instigating the hyphal formation and virulence in C. albicans. Systemic fungal infections (fungemias) including those by C. albicans have emerged as important causes of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients (e.g., AIDS, cancer chemotherapy, organ or bone marrow transplantation). C. albicans biofilms may form on the surface of implantable medical devices. In addition, hospital-acquired infections by C. albicans have become a cause of major health concerns.
C. albicans is commensal and a constituent of the normal gut flora comprising microorganisms that live in the human mouth and gastrointestinal tract. C. albicans lives in 80% of the human population without causing harmful effects, although overgrowth of the fungus results in candidiasis (candidosis). Candidiasis is often observed in immunocompromised individuals such as HIV-infected patients. A common form of candidiasis restricted to the mucosal membranes in mouth or vagina is thrush, which is usually easily cured in people who are not immunocompromised. For example, higher prevalence of colonization of C. albicans was reported in young individuals with tongue piercing, in comparison to unpierced matched individuals. To infect host tissue, the usual unicellular yeast-like form of C. albicans reacts to environmental cues and switches into an invasive, multicellular filamentous form, a phenomenon called dimorphism.
Definition has been taken from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candida_albicans
Relationship to IBS
The bacteriology of IBS has long been studied and the importance of a healthy bacteria flora accepted by both the natural and medical approaches to IBS treatment.
In the most simplistic terms Candida represents one of the most serious threats to the stomach balance. The video to your right gives an excellent account of the causes.
This is without doubt an area that most sufferers should make themselves aware of, again we do recommend Wiki for further reading as most Candida material is attached to some form of ‘sale’.
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