Normalizing Gardnarella / Candida growth post antibiotic use
Q: I am looking for a probiotic containing L. crispatus to help normalize vaginal flora after Garnarella / Candida overgrowth following antibiotic use. I noticed that your HLC Mindlinx no longer contains L. crispatus. Why is that?
A: Yes, the HLC MindLinx was reformulated without the L. Crispatus this past year by Pharmax. Pharmax made the change to this product because they have found if further research that the L. Rhamnosus is better at degrading gluten and casein proteins in the intestines than the L. Crispatus, so in order to make a more potent product, they removed the L. Crispatus. I don’t think Pharmax realized that women were finding this probiotic helpful for improving their vaginal flora, though I have given them this feedback. At this point, I don’t know if they will introduce another probiotic with this strain for this purpose.
At this point and time, there are no other probiotics we carry that contain this particular strain of probiotic, nor the L. Jensenii that you are asking about.
We have had very good success with the HLC Intensive Capsules by Pharmax for women with Candida and other vaginal issues. It is an oral probiotic, and helps to colonize well along the GI tract as well as provide support to urogenital issues. Each capsule contains a minimum of 24 billion viable organisms and no FOS.
We also have HLC Uritrol Intensive Packets by Pharmax – this has human strain L. acidophilus, plus these other factors which help fight UTI’s and keep the urine more alkaline:
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)…….0.6 g
- Potassium (citrate:bicarbonate 3:1)…….1.6g
- Cranberry concentrate 10:1…….3.3 g
- Citric acid…….0.7 g
High concentrations of HLC Lactobacillus acidophilus are included to prevent vaginal and urethral colonization by E. coli and Enterococci typically transferred via the rectal/vaginal route.
I would also invite you to read more about our Candida Program here, including a supplement program we have put together specifically to fight Candida overgrowth, which we have found in our years of practice, it takes more support than just probiotics alone.