Why has Coconut Oil Antifungal Properties?
Coconut oil contains three different types of fatty acids that have each been found to be effective against the Candida yeast. These fatty acids are Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, and Lauric Acid. For instance, research from the National Institute of Health reported that
…capric acid, a 10-carbon saturated fatty acid, causes the fastest and most effective killing of all three strains of C. albicans tested…
Read more at: NIH.gov
Coconut oil antifungal properties have been shown to help reduce candida and yeast in the body and fight yeast infections (read more at: WellnessMama).
In another National Institute of Health research summary article looking into coconut oil in particular as an alternative to treatments that have become ineffective because of antimicorbial resistance, they reported:
It is noteworthy that coconut oil was active against species of Candida at 100% concentration compared to fluconazole. Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.
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Caprylic acid can be bought on it's own as a suppliment and is used as an effective antifungal. Yet it can be just as effective to simply add virgin coconut oil to your diet as it has a similar effect.
Lisa Richards, an expert in candida infections states it this way:
For Candida sufferers, the most important ingredient in coconut oil is caprylic acid. This potent antifungal kills the Candida yeast cells by interfering with their cell walls. Capric acid and lauric acid have a similar effect, creating a powerful combination of antifungal treatments. This also means that the Candida yeast is unlikely to build up resistance to coconut oil, unlike other antifungals which can lose their effectiveness over time.
Read more at: The Candida Diet
How much coconut oil should I take?
For fighting candida, Lisa Richards suggests to add coconut oil to your diet in the amount of
1-2 tablespoons each morning. If you don’t recognize any Die-Off symptoms, increase your dose gradually up to 5 tablespoons daily…. Your body will quickly let you know if you drink too much of it. Diarrhea and stomach cramps are the sign that you should cut back your dosage.
Read More: The Candida Diet
For curing foot fungus an anicdotal report by Seth gives these instructions:
After showering, I cover my foot with coconut oil, place a plastic bag over my foot (the kind you put produce in) to keep it from being wiped off and then place a sock over the bag to hold it on. I leave it on for two or three hours and then take everything off and lightly wipe my foot with a paper towel and go to bed.
Read more: Seth's Blog