The oil, one of the commonest foods, has been found to have powerful antifungal features that could literally save lives.1
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. More and more, scientific proofs are emerging and they validate the traditionally ascribed health benefits, such as improving the brain health, reducing stress and depression and protecting the heart.
A recent study conducted by the researchers from the Tufts University has revealed that coconut oil is highly efficient in controlling the overgrowth of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans in mice.
The study, titled ‘Manipulation of Host Diet to Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the Opportunistic Pathogen Candida Albicans’, was published in the mSphere journal of the American Society for Microbiology. In it, it was said that C. albicans is the most common human pathogen, and its death rate is around 40% when it causes systemic infections.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid and caprylic acid—two ingredients known for their strength in combating Candida infections. These substances have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, which work against thefungus responsible for yeast infections.
Taking a dosage of about 3.5 tablespoons of high quality organic extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) on a daily basis has proven to show positive results in relieving yeast infections. In some cases, the infection has been known to be relieved in a matter of hours. It all depends on the severity of the infection.
Treating yeast infections with coconut oil
1. Coconut Oil In Food
You can incorporate coconut oil in your diet for fighting yeast infections.
– You can replace it with butter or stir some in a bowl of oatmeal.
– Consume a teaspoon of coconut oil before each meal
– Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your hot beverage
– Replace coconut oil with other coconut oils. When cooked in high temperatures, coconut oil does not break down into unhealthy transfats
– In order to get even better relief, add traditional fermented foods to your diet.
2. Pure Coconut Oil
You may apply coconut oil directly to your skin. Unlike the creams that doctors prescribe, coconut oil is non-irritating and won’t leave a white mess.
– Clean and dry the affected area thoroughly.
– Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected area.
– Repeat 2 – 3 times daily until yeast infection is gone.
3. Coconut Oil Douche
– Mix 3 – 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 quarts of warm distilled water.
– Douche with the solution.
– Repeat daily until yeast infection is gone.
– Alternately use a tampon dipped in coconut oil in place of the douche.
4. Coconut Oil Capsule
Coconut oil can also be replaced with capsules and are just as effective. The capsule melts with body heat and is best used prior to going to sleep. You may want to wear a pad in your underwear to collect the melted capsule and prevent leakage. Use 2 – 3 capsules nightly until yeast infection is gone.
How does coconut oil works?
1. Antifungal Properties
Caprylic acid has the ability to break down yeast cells, which in turn prevents them from growing and multiplying. This acid is present in most treatments for yeast infections.
2. Sugar High
Coconut oil is a natural sweetener and good source of energy. As a result, it will allow you to cut back on consuming sugars, which the fungus feeds on and lessen your carb intake, reducing the source of bad yeast and fungus.
3. Tough Barrier
Coconut oil is able to form a protective layer, which acts as a barrier and protects the sensitive and irritated skin that has already been damaged by the infection.
If you are suffering from a yeast infection, applying these tips will help you to relieve many of the symptoms, such as itchiness, irritation and odor. Coconut oil is a great natural remedy for yeast overgrowth.