Antifungals: Caprylic Acid

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Caprylic Acid is one of the three fatty acids (along with capric acid and lauric acid) that are found in coconut oil. It is a potent antifungal that kills Candida cells, as well as restoring your stomach acidity to its normal levels. You can start taking caprylic acid as soon as you have finished your cleanse in the first stage of the diet. It is available in gel capsules, which allow the caprylic acid to get to your intestinal tract and start killing Candida cells.

Natural antifungals like caprylic acid work best in combination, as this prevents the Candida yeast from adapting to a single treatment. So you can combine caprylic acid with other natural antifungals like oregano oil, garlic and grapefruit seed extract. If your treatment is killing the Candida cells, there is a chance that you may experience a Candida Die-Off reaction. To reduce the chance of this happening, you can take a liver-protective supplement like Detox Drops or Molybdenum.

How does Caprylic Acid help with a Candida overgrowth?

Like other antifungals, caprylic acid works by interfering with the cell walls of the Candida yeast. Repeated studies have shown its effectiveness against Candida. According to a study conducted by Japan’s Niigata University, “the fungicidal effect of caprylic acid on Candida Albicans was exceedingly powerful”. You can begin taking antifungals like caprylic acid as soon as you have finished your cleanse in the first stage of the diet.

Caprylic acid also helps to normalize the acidity in your stomach. Candida dieters are frequently confused as to whether they should be trying to make their stomach more alkaline or more acidic. This confusion is caused because the stomach naturally has a much higher acidity than the rest of your body. Stomach acidity is important because it allows your immune system to function properly, enabling it to fight off the Candida overgrowth. Caprylic Acid helps to restore a natural, acidic environment to your stomach. You can read more about this on our Acid or Alkaline page.

How do you take Caprylic Acid?

You can buy Caprylic Acid in capsules. A good example is the Caprylic Acid 600mg Softgels by NOW Foods. You should take these capsules with meals, twice daily. These gel capsules are particularly effective because they slow the release of the caprylic acid, allowing its antifungal properties to take effect in your intestinal tract. Studies have shown that when caprylic acid is taken in a liquid form (without the gel capsules), it goes straight to the liver and has little antifungal effect where it is needed.

Alternatively, you can take antifungal supplements like Candida Support, which contains caprylic acid as one of its main ingredients. It is always a good idea to take two or three antifungals at the same time, to prevent the Candida yeast building resistance to any one product. With this in mind, Candida Support contains caprylic acid along with several other antifungals like oregano oil and black walnut.

Lastly, you can get your dose of caprylic acid straight from the natural source. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid, three potent antifungals that work great in combination. You can start with 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil each morning, then build up your dosage to 5 tablespoons per day if you don’t experience any Die-Off symptoms.

Who should not take Caprylic Acid?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and those prone to stomach upsets should not take Caprylic Acid. Caprylic acid may sometimes cause mild gastrointestinal complaints, like nausea or diarrhea. If you are in any doubt, consult your doctor.

For lots more information on how to choose the right antifungal, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.

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