Coconut Oil And Candida: A Natural Cure For Yeast Infections?

Can you use coconut oil on candida and yeast infections?

Yeast infections are typically treated with antifungal medications called antimycotics. While these types of medications are effective for many, some may experience side effects and a rebound infection.

To avoid side effects, you may be considering natural treatments to cure yeast infections and candida overgrowth.

One of the most popular products to treat these types of infections is coconut oil. Latest research shows this tropical extract has powerful anti-fungal properties and it may be an effective treatment.

Coconut Oils contain Powerful Anti-Fungal Fatty Acids

Biology scientists at the University of Iceland found coconut oils are an excellent source of caprylic (capric) and lauric acid.Researchers discovered coconut oils contains substances that kill the Candida yeast.

Lauric acid is naturally found in mother’s milk; this powerful nutrient is passed from mother to baby during breast feeding and it’s reported to help boost a growing baby’s immune system.

Subsequent studies indicate these 2 fatty acids were effective at killing three different strains of candida organisms.

How these Fatty Acids Fight Yeast Infections.

Researchers at the Center of Oral Health, University of Kentucky compared the antimicrobial activity of lauric and capric acid against different oral micro-organisms.

They found that lauric acid was more effective than capric acid against C. Albicans. This particular strain of fungi is responsible for causing candidiasis and yeast infections. Researchers concluded that lauric acid is an effective treatment for reducing the growth of yeast infections caused by C. Albicans.

A similar study published in the November 2001 edition of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy looked at the effects of capric and lauric acid on the C. albicans. Researchers found capric acid displayed the fastest and most effective killing of three strains of C. albicans, whereas lauric acid was more effective at lower concentrations and longer incubation periods.

When compared to antifungal prescription drugs, The Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology in Nigeria found coconut oils have 100% effectiveness against the Candida albicans strain, when compared to the prescription antifungal fluconazole.

And last, but not least, investigators at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Iceland performed a series of surface tests on monocaprin (a monoglyceride of caprylic acid) on various strains of micro-organisms, including C. albicans, E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Test strains indicated C. albicans was the most sensitive to monocaprin and researchers believe it may be an effective agent for preventing yeast-borne oral infections.

How to Use Coconut Oils for Yeast Infections

Dr. William Crook, author of the book, The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough reports many doctors have used caprylic acid to successfully treat yeast infections.

He reports that coconut oils work well in patients who didn’t respond to traditional anti-fungal medications; or they experienced negative side effects from prescription drugs.

Although there are no documented medical studies on people who’ve used coconut oils on Candida infections, you can find internet testimonials from people who’ve successfully treated these types of infections.

Many people started by ingesting a tablespoon of coconut oil per day and slowly increased the dosage each week until they were taking 3 – 4 tablespoons a day.

Some people reported experiencing an increase in symptoms before getting better. This phenomenom has been called a die-off or Herxheimer reaction. It’s believed the rapid elimination of yeast overgrowth can flood the body with metabolic waste; this may cause inflammation and a temporary ‘flare-up’ of symptoms. You may experience increased fatigue, diarrhea, abdominal gas, headaches, sore throat and even joint pain.

A very popular site among Candida sufferers is Healing Naturally by Bee. She’s published two very popular articles on naturally healing Candida with coconut oil and other dietary/lifestyle changes.

Along with making appropriate food choices and lifestyle changes, she also provides information on using coconut oils for yeast infections and how you can naturally cure yourself.

Due to the wide variety of symptoms and how this condition presents itself, your individual results may vary and you may or may not experience any results.

Please remember to consult your physician or health care provider before trying any alternative treatment for Candida or yeast infections.