{"id":556010963017,"title":"Fungus Clear Review: Why It Won't Cure Your Fungus","created_at":"2021-11-30T03:23:45-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Fungus Clear Review: Why It Won't Cure Your Fungus\",\n \"keywords\": \"fungus clear, fungus clear reviews, fungus clear review, vitality health fungus clear, vitality health fungus clear reviews, does fungus clear work\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD explains why Fungus Clear isn't likely to work based on medical research. 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It’s primarily probiotic-based.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the formulation of Fungus Clear based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to work. The Supplement Facts label of this product is split into two parts, which we’ll review separately: the Probiotic Fungus Blend, and the Proprietary Blend.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eProbiotic Fungus Blend Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Fungus_Clear_Probiotic_Ingredients.png?v=1638261441\" alt=\"Fungus Clear Probiotic Fungus Blend ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe bigger ingredient blend in terms of dosage in Fungus Clear is a blend of probiotics, totalling 6 billion colony-forming units (CFUs). \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/17242486\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research suggests\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that probiotic supplementation may be effective for internal fungal issues (in the gut), we haven’t come across any medical research even testing oral probiotics for treating topical fungus.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is also \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31494971\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esignificant medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e suggesting topical use of probiotics may be effective for skin conditions, but it seems illogical to take an oral supplement with seemingly random strains of probiotics to treat a topical skin condition.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVitality Health doesn’t publish or link out to any research on their website or Amazon listing proving that the probiotics they used in this formula are effective for treating topical fungus, so we’ll assume this blend is totally ineffective. There is simply no research we can identify suggesting it works.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne red flag about this product is that it only lists the probiotic species, and not the strain. This is a sign of formulation inexperience or incompetence in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eProbiotics have a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003especies \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e(like lactobacillus acidophilus) and a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003estrain\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (like lactobacillus acidophilus NCK56). The strain is a specific subset of the species, and different strains within the same species can have different health effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recently reviewed another probiotic supplement called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/biofit-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBioFit\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which had this same labeling issue. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIf a company won’t tell their customers (or doesn’t know themselves) exactly what strain of probiotics is in their supplement, we’d recommend avoiding them entirely.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eProprietary Blend Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Fungus_Clear_Prop_Blend_Ingredients.png?v=1638261480\" alt=\"Fungus Clear Proprietary Blend ingredients list\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe second ingredient blend in Fungus Clear is a proprietary (prop) blend totalling 452.5 milligrams (mg).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe disagree on principle with companies using prop blends. It’s a way to hide the exact ingredient dosages, since manufacturers can just list the total dosage of the blend.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in this blend are turmeric root extract and BioPerine, which is a patented black pepper extract.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBlack pepper extract does improve bioavailability of turmeric significantly, based on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3918523\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, but we don’t believe this blend will be at all effective for topical fungus.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile turmeric \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19038979\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis a promising\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e internal antifungal treatment, we can’t locate any research suggesting it can treat athlete’s foot or other toe and nail fungus when taken orally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we don’t believe this proprietary blend is effective for topical fungus relief.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe generally recommend visiting your doctor or dermatologist for treating topical fungus, but consumers seeking botanical treatments for topical fungus may want to consider chitosan.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eChitosan is a naturally-derived compound sourced from the shells of crustacean animals, and it was highlighted as the best natural option in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31773153\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of natural vs. conventional treatments for dermatophytosis (which is the underlying cause of athlete’s foot).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend taking chitosan orally or topically without the approval of a doctor, as even though it was found to be totally non-toxic in the linked study, the research on this compound is still very early-stage and it would be best to work with a licensed physician to establish dosing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend Fungus Clear, as we don’t believe there is any evidence suggesting it will be effective for treating topical fungus. While the supplement isn’t likely to be harmful, as it’s just composed of probiotics, turmeric and safe filler ingredients, we find it to be a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eConsumers who are set on natural treatments for athlete’s foot and other topical fungal infections may want to talk to their doctors about chitosan, which has more medical backing than Fungus Clear for topical fungus alleviation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe generally recommend conventional treatment for topical fungal infections, as prescribed anti-fungal creams are relatively safe and effective. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers with health insurance, visiting your doctor to treat athlete’s foot is likely to be cheaper and more effective than taking this probiotic supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-13T12:00:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T01:46:24-04:00","summary_html":"We explain why antifungal dietary supplement Fungus Clear isn't likely to work based on medical research. We offer a research-based natural alternative, and explain why we recommend standard prescription antifungals over this product.","template_suffix":"","handle":"fungus-clear-review","tags":"_related:athlete's-foot"}

Fungus Clear Review: Why It Won't Cure Your Fungus

Fungus Clear Review: Why It Won't Cure Your Fungus


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Fungus Clear is a dietary supplement made by Vitality Health that claims to kill toe fungus naturally by strengthening the immune system. It’s primarily probiotic-based.

In this article we’ll review the formulation of Fungus Clear based on medical research to determine if it’s likely to work. The Supplement Facts label of this product is split into two parts, which we’ll review separately: the Probiotic Fungus Blend, and the Proprietary Blend.

Probiotic Fungus Blend Review

Fungus Clear Probiotic Fungus Blend ingredients list

The bigger ingredient blend in terms of dosage in Fungus Clear is a blend of probiotics, totalling 6 billion colony-forming units (CFUs). 

While medical research suggests that probiotic supplementation may be effective for internal fungal issues (in the gut), we haven’t come across any medical research even testing oral probiotics for treating topical fungus.

There is also significant medical research suggesting topical use of probiotics may be effective for skin conditions, but it seems illogical to take an oral supplement with seemingly random strains of probiotics to treat a topical skin condition.

Vitality Health doesn’t publish or link out to any research on their website or Amazon listing proving that the probiotics they used in this formula are effective for treating topical fungus, so we’ll assume this blend is totally ineffective. There is simply no research we can identify suggesting it works.

One red flag about this product is that it only lists the probiotic species, and not the strain. This is a sign of formulation inexperience or incompetence in our opinion.

Probiotics have a species (like lactobacillus acidophilus) and a strain (like lactobacillus acidophilus NCK56). The strain is a specific subset of the species, and different strains within the same species can have different health effects.

We recently reviewed another probiotic supplement called BioFit which had this same labeling issue. 

If a company won’t tell their customers (or doesn’t know themselves) exactly what strain of probiotics is in their supplement, we’d recommend avoiding them entirely.

Proprietary Blend Review

Fungus Clear Proprietary Blend ingredients list

The second ingredient blend in Fungus Clear is a proprietary (prop) blend totalling 452.5 milligrams (mg).

We disagree on principle with companies using prop blends. It’s a way to hide the exact ingredient dosages, since manufacturers can just list the total dosage of the blend.

The ingredients in this blend are turmeric root extract and BioPerine, which is a patented black pepper extract.

Black pepper extract does improve bioavailability of turmeric significantly, based on medical research, but we don’t believe this blend will be at all effective for topical fungus.

While turmeric is a promising internal antifungal treatment, we can’t locate any research suggesting it can treat athlete’s foot or other toe and nail fungus when taken orally.

Overall we don’t believe this proprietary blend is effective for topical fungus relief.

Better Alternatives

We generally recommend visiting your doctor or dermatologist for treating topical fungus, but consumers seeking botanical treatments for topical fungus may want to consider chitosan.

Chitosan is a naturally-derived compound sourced from the shells of crustacean animals, and it was highlighted as the best natural option in a medical review of natural vs. conventional treatments for dermatophytosis (which is the underlying cause of athlete’s foot).

We don’t recommend taking chitosan orally or topically without the approval of a doctor, as even though it was found to be totally non-toxic in the linked study, the research on this compound is still very early-stage and it would be best to work with a licensed physician to establish dosing.

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Conclusion

We don’t recommend Fungus Clear, as we don’t believe there is any evidence suggesting it will be effective for treating topical fungus. While the supplement isn’t likely to be harmful, as it’s just composed of probiotics, turmeric and safe filler ingredients, we find it to be a waste of money.

Consumers who are set on natural treatments for athlete’s foot and other topical fungal infections may want to talk to their doctors about chitosan, which has more medical backing than Fungus Clear for topical fungus alleviation.

We generally recommend conventional treatment for topical fungal infections, as prescribed anti-fungal creams are relatively safe and effective. 

For consumers with health insurance, visiting your doctor to treat athlete’s foot is likely to be cheaper and more effective than taking this probiotic supplement.




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