Candida Testing

Candida Testing

Candida is at the route of many health problems. This simple finger prick blood test identifies the level of candida antibodies in the blood. Excellent value at only £50.

What is Candida?

Candida usually means Candida albicans, which is a type of yeast, although there are other types of yeast which can colonise in the GI tract. Candida is is a normal inhabitant of the human gut and plays a role in breaking down complex sugars. However, when it grows out of control and becomes dominant in the gut, it can cause many problems. An overgrowth of Candida is also known as Candidiasis or Yeast Overgrowth.

What are the symptoms?

Candida overgrowth can cause a variety of different symptoms including:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux
  • Bladder infections
  • Flatulence
  • Food intolerances
  • Muscle aches
  • Fungal infections of nail or skin
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • White coating on tongue
  • Joint swelling
  • Mood swings
  • Increased allergies
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or low energy

Candida is not the only condition that can cause these symptoms but if you suffer from a number of the above then Candida may be the reason, or part of the reason you are suffering.

What causes Candida?

Factors which encourage Candida overgrowth include: antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroid drugs, stress, two or more pregnancies, smoking and consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta or rice

Why test for Candida?

Because there may be other reasons for the symptoms that you are experiencing it is good to test for candida to be sure that you are following the right course of action.

How does the test work?

Cambridge Nutritional Sciences offer a test for the antibody response to Candida by measuring the IgG and IgM antibody levels using the highly accurate ELISA technology.

Many other tests are limited as they can be influenced by small ‘normal’ amounts of Candida albicans, and a positive negative result may occur. Our test is an effective diagnostic and treatment monitoring tool as results will indicate past, ongoing or current infection.

If I have high levels of Candida, what can I do?

A consultation can be helpful to advise you on the most appropriate treatment programme. We also advise that if possible you get tested for food intolerances as these are commonly caused by a candida overgrowth and can influence recovery. Please see the food intolerance section of the site to find out what options are available

Sample requirements and test turnaround.

A finger prick blood sample is needed. Once you receive your test kit all you have to do is prck your finger using the kit provided and take a small amount of blood using the kit supplied. Then simply send the sample back to the lab in the box provided.

Allow 5 days for delivery of the test kit. Results are available within 10 working days. Any information provided by Cambridge Nutritional Sciences/ is not intended to replace advice from your GP.

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