Study Finds Strong Possibility of Coconut Oil to Fight Off Candida Yeast Infections
By Paul Fassa
coconut oil for candidaYeast infections stubbornly resist many attempts to permanently overcome. The most common yeast infection plaguing humans is Candida albicans or C. albicans. It’s usually the result of our standard American diet (SAD) that includes processed foods and beverages with lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and refined carbohydrates that act almost like sugar.
These faux food items feed candida yeast to grow and expand to the point of overthrowing the beneficial gut bacteria that keeps the yeast in check. Yet some yeast is necessary, as it helps siphon heavy metals out of the blood. But when an imbalance of yeast over beneficial gut microbes occurs, health issues are sure to follow.
Antibiotics destroy a lot of beneficial microbial content in the gut, leaving the good bacteria vulnerable to being overthrown by yeast colonies because their helpful digestive and immune contributing numbers.
And the low nutritional, high-sugar processed foods keep feeding what was once a somewhat valued small army. That little army grows enough to become a bully to the good bacteria. This causes a microbial imbalance leading to C. albicans fungal infections.
There are some medical experts that fungal colonies provide a symbiotic environment for cancer cells and tumors. Some even think those fungal colonies create cancer. It’s safe to say there’s an association.
Even lesser levels of candida consequences are harmful. Usually chronic fatigue, poor digestion, bloating, flatulence, and external fungal infections ensue. Other diseases and infections can ensue to debilitating levels due to impaired digestion and lower immune function.
Conversely, when properly balanced gut microbial colonies are around 80 percent beneficial to 20 percent yeast or pathogenic, one’s health tends to balance out with gut bacteria providing at least 60 percent of one’s immunity.
What to Do About Candida
Getting on a righteous whole food diet with no or little sugar or alcohol builds a solid foundation for candida healing and even gut microbial balancing. But what about getting rid of the candida overgrowth? Anti-fungal drugs come with lots of crappy side effects.
A group of scientists at Tufts University Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts decided to do an animal study comparing three fats’ effects on C. albicans: coconut oil, beef tallow, and soybean oil. It had been noticed previously that coconut oil had positive results against fungal colonies in earlier in vitro (lab cultures) studies, but it hadn’t been tried in vivo (live animals).
The study is available from the first source link below. Summarizing the study, coconut oil won out with a 90 percent fungal reduction in mice, leading to their conclusion that adding coconut oil to human diets may reduce the potential of excess candida yeast infections.
Lead researcher Carol Kumamato, Ph.D announced, “Coconut oil even reduced fungal colonization when mice were switched from beef tallow to coconut oil, or when mice were fed both beef tallow and coconut oil at the same time. These findings suggest that adding coconut oil to a patient’s existing diet might control the growth of C. albicans in the gut, and possibly decrease the risk of fungal infections caused by C. albicans.”
Long time holistic researcher Pat Robinson suggests using coconut oil topically for relief with external candida fungal outbreaks on the skin or nails while working on balancing one’s gut microbiome through diet.
She wrote on GreenMedInfo.com, “For systemic healing, add bone broths, Vit A, Vit D, Vit C; stop any “cleanses” currently. Increase Omega 3 fatty acids, decrease Omega 6 fatty acids significantly. Avoid alcohol. Decrease stress.”
According to the Tufts research, ingesting coconut oil is part of reorganizing and balancing the gut microbiome as well. Virgin cold pressed coconut oil is highly recommended.
Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com, where this article first appeared. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are well received by truth seekers. Visit his blog by following this link and follow him on Twitter here
Editor’s note: Best coconut oil used everyday by Natural Blaze members (Hint: it’s centrifuge extracted, versus expeller pressed. No chemicals or high heat – just the nutrients. The next best is cold pressed which is wonderful for cooking, eating and cosmetic use. Now go forth and stump Whole Foods employees – it’s fun!).