You probably already know that I recommend eating lots of coconut oil during your Candida diet. That’s mostly because coconut oil is a really effective antifungal, thanks to the three antifungal fatty acids that it contains (caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid).
However, there are lots of other great reasons to eat more coconut oil. Today I’m going to focus on just one. Did you know that those same fatty acids in coconut oil can actually help your body to absorb nutrients more easily? Recent research suggests that this is the case, and it’s another reason why you should consider adding coconut oil to your diet.
Coconut oil and antioxidants
As I will explain, there is strong evidence that a diet containing coconut oil can improve the absorption of something called carotenoids. If you haven’t heard of them, they are actually the pigments that give color to many of our vegetables. However they also have tremendous health benefits, starting with a powerful antioxidant effect that reduces inflammation and cell damage. They are thought to prevent certain types of cancer, can reduce the chance of heart disease, and work to boost our immune systems.
So what effect does coconut oil have on carotenoids? A 2012 study at the University of Illinois looked at how quickly tomato carotenoids were absorbed by a group of animals in laboratory conditions. They compared one group fed on a diet containing safflower oil to another group fed on a diet containing coconut oil. At the end of the study, they examined how many carotenoids had been absorbed by each group.
The researchers found that coconut oil group was somehow absorbing significantly more of the carotenoids. As they summarized, “coconut oil enhanced tissue uptake of tomato carotenoids to a greater degree than safflower oil”. They also concluded that these results may have been due to the type of fatty acid contained in coconut oil.
Coconut oil is unlike most other oils in that it contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs), whereas other oils contain Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFAs). These MFCAs have a number of health advantages – they are converted into energy faster, are easier to digest and can help to boost your metabolism. Now we can also say that they increase your body’s absorption of antioxidants too.
How to eat more coconut oil
If you don’t mind the taste, then there’s nothing wrong just drinking a tablespoon or two of coconut oil each day. But for some people the texture or the flavor can be difficult to stomach. Luckily, there are lots of different ways to add it to your diet, and most of the time you won’t even be able to notice the difference.
- Use it as a cooking oil
Coconut oil is very heat-stable, meaning that it won’t break down into unhealthy trans fats at high temperature.
- Bake with it
Here is a delicious coconut cookie recipe that I posted recently. You can also add coconut oil to many different baking recipes and breads.
- Add it to a smoothie
If you enjoy morning smoothies, just add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the next one you make. Chances are you will hardly notice it’s in there.
If you want more information on coconut oil, check out these posts:
How To Choose A Good Coconut Oil
Coconut oil as an antifungal
Coconut Bread (And More Uses For Coconut)
The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
In my Candida treatment plan I list my favorite 25 Candida-fighting foods, including antifungal foods like coconut milk, kefir, coconut oil, rutabaga and many more. Following the right diet, along with some effective probiotics and antifungals, is the best way to beat your Candida!