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CAPRYLIC ACID
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor ( N.D.)

CAPRYLIC ACID

A natural source of Caprylic Acid is coconut oil.
Fatty acid or yeast buster? ... turns out it's both!

What is it?
Chemically known as octanoic acid, caprylic acid is a medium chained fatty acid naturally found in the milk of many mammals. It can also be found in smaller amounts in coconut oil and palm kernel oils.

Anti-fungal/Anti-bacterial properties
Caprylic acid is best known as an effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, often recommended for the treatment of ringworm and candidiasis (systemic yeast overgrowth).

It has been shown to restore and maintain 'normal' or healthy level of yeast in the body, therefore maintaining adequate balance of 'beneficial' or 'healthy' bacteria in relation to yeast and other bacteria that tends to take over the gastrointestinal system. It has also been used for the treatment of leaky gut, IBS gastroenteritis, salmonella, and even parasitic infections. Scientists believe that Caprylic acid is able to break down the protective outer layer of fungi, making it easier for the immune system to attack and eradicate.

Dosage Information
Caprylic acid can be found on its own, or in many combination supplements geared toward removal of yeast or candida. There is no known safe or effective dosage of caprylic acid according to the literature, although anywhere from 300-1200 mg/day have been used for the treatment of yeast and various fungal infections.

Safety
Some side effects associated with high fatty acid intake can include bloating, nausea, constipation or diarrhea and abdominal pain. There is little evidence to suggest these side effects will occur at the dosage range mentioned above. Caprylic acid may interfere with some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, as well as inotropic medications, such as warfarin. Consult a healthcare practitioner before taking caprylic acid if you are currently taking one of these medications. Supplementation with caprylic acid is not currently recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Caprylic Acid - QUICK FACTS

FOOD SOURCES

- Bovine and human milk, coconut oil, palm kernel oil.

INDICATIONS

- Candida, ringworm, IBS, leaky gut, gastroenteritis, salmonella, parasitic infection.

OPTIMUM DOSAGE

- Unknown.

WORKS WELL WITH

- oregano oil, pau d'arco, bentonite, olive leaf extract.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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- When using caprylic acid for the treatment of yeast/candida, it is very common to experience an initial 'die off' reaction, in which low energy and fatigue are common, potentially headache and minor fever and/or exacerbation of skin symptoms may be experienced, as well. Consult a healthcare practitioner before combining caprylic acid with any NSAID medication or inotropic medications, such as warfarin. Due to a lack of research, caprylic acid is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.


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