Coconut Oil And Nail Fungus

By Marek Doyle

Fungi like nail beds. Not only do these parts of your body receive a rich blood supply, but the toenail and surrounding areas may stay warm or hot for days at a time, which combines to make perfect breeding conditions for fungal organisms. Traditional use of coconuts, and the oils they contain, demonstrates promise in the treatment of this condition.

Coconut Oil

Coconuts grow on palm trees in tropical climates. Although commonly referred to as such, botanists do not classify the plant as a nut. Coconuts represent the best natural source of medium-chain fatty acids, a specific type of fat distinguished by its length and biological action in the body. Dr. Bruce Fife, author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” explains that coconut oil provides a major part of the diet for tropical islanders, who revere it’s health-supporting and immune-enhancing properties.

Nail Fungus

Yeast and fungus exists in all mucous membranes of your body; the intestines stands out as a primary location. These organisms rarely cause problems unless they become overgrown; this can result from antibiotic use, excessive sugar intake, stress or general weakness of the immune system. A fungal nail represents just one potential manifestation of fungal overgrowth and may accompany a systemic fungal infection, according to the Henry Spink Foundation, which lists 47 common signs of a systemic infection, including sugar cravings, fatigue and itching.


Anti-fungal Effect

Dr. Fife credits the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut with the fungus-killing action. These special fats exhibit potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects, with caprylic acid appearing responsible for the anti-fungal properties. Caprylic acid diffuses into the cell membrane of fungal organisms before dissolving them; this results in the spilling of the cellular contents and death of the fungus in question.