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Coconut Oil Useful For Controlling Candida

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Many experts on controlling Candida, including Doug Kaufmann and Know the Cause, recommend using coconut and coconut oil to control Candida infections. Coconut and coconut oil contain several fatty acids including caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid which inhibit growth of Candida and other yeasts (molds). Two recent studies have reported on the anti- Candida effects of coconut oil. 

An Indian study collected Candida albicans from the teeth of children with dental caries (cavities) and tested the growth of Candida on petrie plates containing various anti-fungal substances. Coconut oil was found to be about as effective as controlling Candida growth as a 2% solution of the anti-fungal drug ketoconazole. 

A Massachusetts study examined the effects of fat sources in the diet of mice and growth of Candida albicans. Mice were orally inoculated with Candida albicans at the start of the experiment. After 3 weeks of dietary treatment, mice given diets rich in coconut oil had significantly lower levels of Candida albicans growth in the stomach, intestine, and feces as compared to mice given diet rich in soybean oil or beef fat (tallow).


Beena Shino et al. Comparison of antimicrobial activity of chlorhexidine, coconut oil, probiotics, and ketoconazole on Candida albicans isolated in children with early childhood caries: An in vitro study Scientifica (Cairo). 2016;2016:7061587. doi: 10.1155/2016/7061587.

Kearney Gunsalus et al. Manipulation of host diet to reduce gastrointestinal colonization by the opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans. \o “mSphere.” mSphere. 2015 Nov 18;1(1). pii: e00020-15. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00020-15.



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