When mice fed beef tallow and soybean oil began to feed on coconut oil in just four days, the number of Candida albicans in their intestines decreased significantly. Based on this research, scientists expect coconut oil to prove to be an effective alternative to antifungal drugs by using the oil in a diet
Fighting Candida infections with coconut oil
Candida albicans fungi normally live in the digestive tract. But if your digestive system is in imbalance or sick, they multiply uncontrollably and cause infections. Which in some cases can be deadly. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and could help treat and prevent fungal diseases, a recent study found.
A study in mice showed that coconut oil-fed mice had a 10-fold increase in Candida growth in the intestine than in mice fed beef tallow or soybean oil. When mice fed beef tallow and soybean oil began to feed on coconut oil in just four days, the number of Candida albicans in their intestines decreased significantly. Based on this research, scientists expect coconut oil to prove to be an effective alternative to antifungal medicines by using oil as part of a diet.
Hope for the weakest
Scientists also hope that they will be able to use coconut oil in infants hospitalized for the high risk of systemic candidiasis (the most serious form of the disease and often ending in fatalities). The following clinical forms are known: sepsis, meningitis, pyelonephritis, etc. Systemic candidiasis develops during malignant and other serious illnesses and conditions, then AIDS and drug addicts. Thus, the clinical picture of candidiasis is combined with the clinical picture of the underlying disease.
“For example, in mice, we have shown that introducing coconut oil into the diet may for now be the only way to reduce C. albicans in the gut without the use of drugs. It is also a challenge for us to try to find a link between the food consumed and the germs in the body. That is, to understand why some microbes cause disease in certain circumstances, ”the researchers explained.
Use and application
General recommendations for an adult are 2 to 4 teaspoons of coconut oil a day. You can take it in the form of pure oil as a dietary supplement. Or you can use it in your daily meal preparation. When buying coconut oil, pay attention to the fact that the press says cold-pressed. And as an additional plus is certainly organic farming. Cold-pressed oil is considered to be of the highest quality. But in terms of quality, refined oil is not too far behind. Despite the fact that some of the nutrients are lost through the refining process. The strongest coconut oil trunk, namely medium-chain fatty acids, remains unchanged.