Coconut Oil: Antifungal

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Coconut oil has hundreds of uses, but we’ll focus in on one interesting little benefit. Coconut oil has some antifungal properties. Add to this the fact that it can be used both internally and topically, you have one of the most versatile natural antifungals you can get ahold of.  You can use it to replace cooking oils, eat it, add it to beverages and smoothies, and use it on your skin.

coconut_oil_antifungal_imageCoconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids that have been found to inhibit and kill candida. Caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid all work against fungi, but caprylic acid seems to be the most effective. Use coconut oil directly on the skin and even sensitive areas without worry. This means you can use it to treat vaginal yeast infections or jock itch, to combat athlete’s foot, to kill ringworm, and even as a natural diaper area cream. Coconut oil is gentle and effective while conditioning skin and improving the look and feel. It works on many rashes and blemishes too and also makes a very good personal lubricant that happens to be antibacterial at the same time.

Internally, coconut oil is just as easy to use. Stir it into your coffee or tea. Use it to sauté vegetables. Add it to a smoothie. Eat it with a spoon. Swirl it into oatmeal. Include it in a dessertThere are hundreds of ways to get more coconut oil into you where it can fight off fungus in your intestines, reduce inflammation, and supply massive amounts of energy without worrying about weight gain. Despite the high calories of coconut oil, the medium chain triglycerides in this oil are easily burned, increase metabolism, and are not readily stored as fat.

Other Benefits

Coconut oil does much more than fend off unwanted fungi visitors. You will see healthier skin, hair, and nails as you use it more. You may also see your cholesterol levels go down, feel fewer aches and pains, and watch your immune system improve. Make sure you choose non-hydrogenated, extra virgin oil that has not been bleached or treated with chemicals.

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  • I've been using CO in so much of my daily life for 10+ yrs and oral health has been excellent. No candida and just overall healthier.

    Wonder why the people of Philippines don't have better oral health...the live in a coconut world.

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      In reply to joy's comment

      I'm a huge fan too, Joy. The Philippines have a lot of other contributors. I lived in Mexico for a couple years and I believe there are similar problems there with undernourishment, parasites, poor hygiene, and abuse of simple sugars in beverages at almost every meal and in between. Coconut oil is awesome, but it can't do it all without a little help from each individual.