Leaky Gut Syndrome: Mystery Illness Triggered by Candida albicans


Pushpanathan Muthuirulan. 5/2016. “Leaky Gut Syndrome: Mystery Illness Triggered by Candida albicans.” Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Engineering, 4, 3. Publisher's Version


Leaky gut syndrome (LGS) is an unrecognized mystery illness with continuing debate among alternative medicine practitioners, scientist and nutritionists. Medical practitioner claims about the existence of this syndrome is due to wide range of life-threatening chronic diseases including diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma. Exponents−largely medical practitioner and nutritionist view at this syndrome, as a cause of improper nutritional diet, parasite/microbial infections or medication. Despite lack of scientific evidence that support direct cause for the existence of LGS, there is no proper diagnosis and treatment procedure available to heal at this syndrome. Some little evidence exist that LGS has been widely noticed in patients with many different digestive complaints including Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and celiac diseases−are closely linked to food sensitivities (gluten) and allergies (diary allergies). The patients suffering with these diseases were known to recover from their food sensitivities and allergies after successful treatment of Candida overgrowth. This evidence indirectly supports the fact that overgrowth and branched hyphal formation of Candida in gut might cause inflammation and weakening of intestinal wall, which may promote membrane permeation and leakage of substance from intestines. However, there is much less intensive research is going on to accumulate scientific evidence underlying LGS that serve as a potential risk factor to invite most serious life-threatening diseases. Therefore, it is highly warranted to identify the root causes of this illness for timely diagnosis, treatment and health promotion.



Volume 4 Issue 3 - 2016


Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Development, National Institutes of Health, USA

*Corresponding author: Pushpanathan Muthuirulan, Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Development, National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA, Tel: +1301-674-3108; Email: