The oil, one of the commonest foods, has been found to have powerful anti-fungal features that could literally save lives.
The coconut palm is maybe the most widely distributed and multipurpose food-medicine in the world, and has been valued and even revered by native cultures for a wide range of health complaints since long, long ago.
Usually, Candida albicans is present in the gastrointestinal tract in people, but very often, antibiotics destroy the bacteria that usually keep Candida populations within a healthy range. The study, titled ‘Manipulation of Host Diet to Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the Opportunistic Pathogen Candida Albicans’, claims that compromised immunity is also one of the key causes of Candida albicans’ overgrowth and that systemic infections caused by Candida albicans can contribute to invasive candidiasis, the fourth most common blood infection amongst hospitalized patients in the United States according to the CDC.
Why is coconut oil useful for a Candida diet?
For Candida sufferers, the most important ingredient in coconut oil is caprylic acid. This potent antifungal kills the Candida yeast cells by interfering with their cell walls. Capric acid and lauric acid have a similar effect, creating a powerful combination of antifungal treatments. This also means that the Candida yeast is unlikely to build up resistance to coconut oil, unlike other antifungals which can lose their effectiveness over time.
As an entirely natural antifungal, coconut oil is a safe and effective way to prevent your Candida overgrowth from returning. Make it a part of your long term diet plan and you will find it has many other health benefits besides its antifungal properties. Even better, combine it with other coconut-based products like coconut flour (for baking) and coconut aminos (for salad dressings and as a substitute for soy sauce).
Coconut oil is a tremendously versatile anti-fungal that is really easy to add to your diet. You can drink it as a supplement, or just use it as a replacement for other cooking oils. It is an incredibly healthy supplement that should be one of your first choices as an anti-fungal.
Because Candida is yeast, it feeds on the carbohydrates and sugar in your diet, hence the intense cravings Candida sufferers may experience. For this reason, the Candida diet has the objective of depriving the yeast from its food source by eliminating grains, legumes, breads, pasta, rice, cereals, oatmeal, potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, fruits, milk, yogurt and sugar. The Candida diet emphasizes the consumption of high-fiber non-starchy veggies, protein from meat, poultry, fish and eggs, as well as healthy fats from avocado, olive oil and coconut oil.
How to Use Coconut Oil
To get rid of Candida effectively, you can start by adding small amounts of coconut oil to your diet every day and work your way towards a daily intake of about 3.5 tbsp. It is best to increase your intake of coconut oil gradually to reduce the die-off symptoms associated with the toxins released by the dying Candida. You can use coconut oil as you would use any other oil, for cooking your vegetables or meat or in baking instead of butter, shortening or oil. You can also consume it by the spoon, mix it with equal amounts of olive oil to prepare vinaigrette for your salad or mix it with equal parts of peanut butter for an enhanced peanut butter spread.