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Coconut Oil for Yeast Infections, Does it Really Work?

Cold pressed coconut oil for yeast infections, whether in whole form or capsules, is a medically proven candida yeast killer. The fats in the oil are also easily digested by the human body and the body does not store these fats but quickly converts them to be used as energy. The fats are very good for your heart and brain, which actually prefers fat for fuel. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps boost your immune system.

A landmark study was done in 2001 by Gudmundur Bergsson, et. al. at the Institute of Biology, University of Iceland,1 Department of Anatomy, University of Iceland Medical School, and Department of Microbiology, National University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland. Titled, "In Vitro Killing of Candida Albicans by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides" and published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Volume 45: 3209-3212, No. 11. They found that the capric acid found in cold pressed coconut oil for yeast infections caused the quickest killing of three strains of candida. Lauric acid was found to work on a slower time period but was the most effective killing agent. The oils exploded the plasma membranes and nucleus of the candida yeast cell.

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The link below takes you to a picture of the candida cell and coconut oils effects. Side A is a normal candida yeast cell, in side B you can see that the inside of the cell has been literally scattered by coconut oil and I guarantee you is quite dead.

In another study published in June 2007 at the Department of Medical Microbiology & Parasitology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria by Ogbolu DO, et. al, tested coconut oil verses 17 different isolates of Candida albicans, 9 isolates of Candida glabrata, 7 isolates of Candida tropicalis, 7 isolates of Candida parapsilosis, 6 isolates of Candida stellatoidea, and 6 isolates of Candida krusei.

They found that candida albicans had the highest susceptibility to coconut oil for yeast infections(100%).

Candida krusei showed the highest resistance to coconut oil with a MIC of 100% (undiluted), while fluconazole had a MIC of > 128 microg/mL. Candida krusei is actually more resistant to fluconazole than it is coconut oil.

It is noteworthy that coconut oil was active against all 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.

The other species fell somewhere in the middle as far as being susceptible to coconut oils fungal killing ability.

In "The Yeast Connection Handbook", coconut oil is recommended by the author, William Crook M.D.

This reference is an excellent but very long read.

"Health and Nutritional Benefits from Coconut Oil". Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation Health Journal 20:1:1-6. Enig, Mary G, PhD (1998).

Many natural health practitioners will prescribe caprylic acid for yeast infection treatment but as the studies indicate, you’re much better off with all the active ingredients rather than just the one. So always take the whole form of coconut oil and not the extracts and make sure it is a virgin cold pressed natural organic oil.

Is Coconut Oil for Yeast Safe to Take?

It depends upon who you talk to!

WebMD says;

"Regularly eating meals containing coconut oil can increase levels of "bad" low-density lipoprotein cholesterol".

Healthline says;

"Coconut oil contains natural saturated fats that increase the good HDL cholesterol in your body. They may also help turn the bad LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form.

By increasing HDL, many experts believe that coconut oil could be good for heart health compared to many other fats.

In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil (15).

Another study in 116 patients showed that a dietary program that included coconut oil raised levels of the good HDL cholesterol (16)."

Quite frankly, we agree with Healthline who references the studies that back up what they are claiming.

In addition, coconut oil for yeast contains 86% healthy saturated fat and contains 66% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which can help you lose weight. It has a cooking flashpoint of 350 degrees which makes it a pretty good cooking oil.

Article written by Dan and edited for accuracy by Dr. Taylor

My preferred organic cold pressed coconut oil resources.

Coconut Oil Liquid for Yeast Infections

Coconut Oil Capsules

If you prefer, you can take straight caprylic acid but I do suggest you get a sustained release formula such as this one. Doses should be 4000mgs per day.

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