Some of us are nervous about taking natural antifungals that may kill our good bacteria as well as Candida. After all, killing our bowel bacteria with antibiotics is what caused candidiasis for most of us.
I have spent the afternoon reviewing coconut oil, and I'm now satisfied that there is very little risk of it killing significant numbers of good bacteria.
The antibacterial components of coconut oil are lauric acid (47.5%), caprylic acid (7.8%) and capric acid (6.7%).
So you can see that lauric acid is by far the main antibacterial. The comforting thing about lauric acid is that it is a significant fat component in human breast milk (6.2% of total fats). Presumably part of its function is to provide protection to the baby from harmful bacteria (and other pathogens). So, one would expect that lauric acid will have a heavy bias towards killing bad bacteria compared to good bacteria. Certainly this is the case with lactoferrin, another antibacterial prominent in breast milk. Capric acid is also present in human breast milk (around 1% of total fats).
Caprylic acid is the only antibacterial which may kill bacteria indiscriminantly (good and bad alike). This is because it is not present in human breast milk in significant amounts. However caprylic acid is very easily digested. In fact most is digested/absorbed in the stomach and upper small intestine. Very little caprylic acid from coconut oil reaches the terminal section of the ileum, where most of the small intestinal bacteria reside. In fact if you have lots of bacteria in your stomach, duodenum or jejunum (SIBO), then it is a good thing if caprylic acid reduces their numbers.
Oils are normally digested in the stomach and small intestine, so none of the antibacterials in coconut oil should kill any bacteria in the large bowel, where 99% of your bacteria are located.
So, I'm pretty relaxed about using coconut oil now. It has lots of health benefits, including killing Candida in the stomach and upper small intestine.
It has also made me a lot more interested in the product Lauricidin (monolaurin), which is another way to benefit from the antimicrobial actions of lauric acid.
May i point out one fact , I know ur very opposed to honey usuage for stomach problems like Candida but u seem by this post ok with coconut milk?
A cup of coconut milk contains only 13.3g of carbohydrates.
The sweet taste of coconut milk is due to its Sugar content. This naturally occurring ingredient in coconut milk gives it a pleasant taste and hence coconut milk is often used as a flavor enhancer. Sugar content is found to be extremely low; just 8 g in 240 g of coconut milk.
I dont think he is talkin about coconut MILK just coconut oil. I use coconut oil for all my cooking and baking, I go through ALOT of it. At first its kinda weird having a hint of coconut on your eggs and chicken and everything, but you get used to it.
As Jboy pointed out, I was talking about coconut oil, not coconut milk. Personally I would not be drinking coconut milk unless it was fermented like advocated by Donna Gates of Body Ecology Diet. Fermented coconut milk has very little Sugar and lots of good bacteria and yeasts.
I can understand how you might think I am strongly against honey given that I have warned about yeast fermenting the very high Sugar content. However in actual fact I have not completely closed my mind towards honey. I accept that a few people report honey (especially Manuka) as helping fight intestinal Candida, and also that some Candida 'experts' say that it is a safe substitute for sugar. Although I have no doubt Candida will ferment the sugars in honey, I have not ruled out the possibility that honey does something positive in the bowel to fight Candida. It is possible that raw honey stimulates the Th1 immune system in some way. It is also possible that raw honey encourages Candida to stay more in its yeast state instead of changing to its pathogenic hyphal form.
However I do not plan to eat honey myself until I see more evidence of honey inhibiting Candida. I did warn Jboy to stop taking honey, however this was because JBoy claimed to be suicidal, and I felt it was best JBoy stopped taking any newly started food or supplement which may have precipitated this dangerous mood state. It's not that I was sure honey was to blame, just thought it better to be safe than sorry. So I am not actually advising people in this forum not to eat honey, only making them aware that honey will feed Candida and there is no scientific evidence that honey is antifungal when taken orally.
In your own case, I accept you have improved your own candidiasis, but I'm not convinced it was honey that 'did the trick'. You have made a lot of other changes which may have benefited you. In particular, I have little doubt tumeric has helped reduce your Candida.
However The way in which honey works i doubt is "drink it , it contacts fungii and kills it" i think it stimulates proper digestive function, increases Ph in the intestines therefore not allowing candida to thrive in proper ph level.
I also found much more tolerated die off on honey than other items.
I know its daunting to think about actually taking high Sugar food while having candida, but that idea of reducing every thing on the diet stuck with me for many many years and it never worked in fact i got weaker.
I respectfully disagree. Fact #1: coconut oil containes caprylic acid. Little Experiment #1: I once tried an experiment culturing sterile milk with different types of probiotic capsules in a yogurt maker. The containers without any caprylic acid added turned into yogurt. The containers into which I'd added caprylic acid did not turn into yogurt.
My unscientific conclusion: even the small amount of caprylic acid in coconut could indeed kill off some of your good bacteria. The unanswered question is, how much.