What is Threelac ? What is use of Threelac for Candida ? What is Candida ? Is Threelac useful for Candida ?
What is Threelac ?
Threelac is a combination of three Probiotic bacteria, Bacillus Subtilus, Bacillus Coagulans and Enterococcus Faecalis, which is claimed to bring relief in many generalized ailments, loosely referred to as Candida, since they are believed to be due to overgrowth of Candida or Yeast in the body.
Bacillus Coagulans and Enterococcus Faecalis exist naturally in the human intestinal tract and are believed to play a role in preventing harmful bacteria, yeast and fungi from colonizing the intestines. The third, Bacillus Subtilus is a soil-based bacterium that promotes the effect of other two bacteria in controlling pathogenic overgrowths of yeast.
Threelac is not claimed as medicine and is not certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Most literature on Threelac comes with a clarification stating that “these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”. It can be considered as a dietary supplement whose health benefits, though somewhat popular, have still not passed the strict test of scientific scrutiny.
What are the constituents of Threelac ?
Threelac has its constituents in micro encapsulated form. It is manufactured and packaged in Japan. One serving packet of 1.5 grams contains 0.435 grams of mixture consisting of the three probiotic bacteria, Bacillus Subtilus, Bacillus Coagulans and Enterococcus Faecalis along with very small amounts of carbohydrates, dry yeast powder and dietary fiber, which help the survival of these bacteria. Vitamins C, B1, B2 and B6 are also added in it.
What are the benefits of Threelac ?
Threelac is usually marketed as a cure for ‘Candida’.
The term ‘Candida’ used in marketing campaigns for Threelac is loosely applied to cases of chronic ill health with symptoms like Gas & Bloating, Food Allergies, Carb cravings, Fatigue, Nail Fungus, Skin Rashes, Oral Thrush, Depression, Sinus problems and Vaginal yeast infections in women. The presumption behind such reference and terminology is that these conditions are caused by excess growth of a yeast, or Candida in the body. It is a claim that is not accepted by the Medical community. Medical Sciences does not include such diseases as being due to Candida infections.
What is Candida ?
In Medical Science, ‘Candida’ refers to a group of yeasts, most common of which is Candida Albicans that often exists in the body in small quantities. Its growth in body is generally kept in check by other harmless bacteria, called ‘commensals’, which exist within body or outside it on skin without harming the body.
If, these commensals are destroyed, as happens in treatment with Antibiotics, there can be overgrowth of Candida, leading to some Medical conditions, like Oral Thrush in children or old people, Vaginal Candidiasis, and Candidiasis of skin. In some cases, when the immunity of the body is highly compromised, there can also be systemic infection of the body with Candida, called ‘Systemic Candidiasis’. Physicians advise treatment of Candida infections with anti-fungal medicines like Clotrimazole. In most infections, local application of anti-fungals is enough, but sometimes, the oral medication may be required. Use of Probiotics as a treatment for treating Candida is still not advocated by Medical community.
In Threelac marketing, the word ‘Candida’ is often used for referring to generalized and chronic ill-health, fatigue and other symptoms which are not clearly diagnosed. Many testimonies of patients who claim to have benefited by using Threelac come from patients of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The theoretical rationale of using Threelac in such conditions (referred to as ‘Candida’) is that the probiotic bacteria of Threelac help in containing the overgrowth of yeast or Candida in such conditions, and thereby brings relief.
What are the dangers and side effects of Threelac ?
There are a few side effects documented with use of Threelac, but they are not very severe. These include worsening of symptoms, which are called Yeast Die-Off Reactions – resulting from sudden destruction of many Candida cells within the body with release of toxins. Other side effects reported with its use are flatulence and development of milk allergy.
Apprehensions have also been raised regarding the use of live bacteria for treating some disease. Most concerns are related to Enterococcus Faecalis, which has been suggested as being a possible agent for transferring of antibiotic resistance to other pathologic bacteria. If that happens, it can lead to the spread of Antibiotic resistance.