I am rotating antifungals and started my first day of Caprylic Acid capsules, I took 2. Next day I read the label and see that the dose is 3 per day. So I have my second one with lunch. Had some nervous anxiety but ignored it. Had another capsule with dinner = 3 for the day. Went to bed, had the most horrible waves of anxiety, I really battled to keep calm, heart pounding, trying not to hyperventilate. I can only think that it is related to the Caprylic Acid. Next day I only had 2 and still had some anxiety in the evening, not nearly as bad though. Today I only had 1, thankfully tomorrow I take something else.
I cant think that anxiety is a die-off symptom is it? Anybody else have problems with side effects of Caprylic Acid?
I had a post down below with a very detailed account of die off and I am pretty sure it said that anxiety, depression and the such can be die off reactions. I have suffered from anxiety/panic attacks and finally figured out it is PMDD (aka: really bad PMS). When I took Caprylic Acid I thought that I felt better while I was taking it, now when I did Oregano Oil I felt horrible all the way around, panic, anxiety, weak, no energy you name it. I believe Olive Leaf leaf left me feeling some of those things, but not as bad as Oregano Oil. Perhaps your body does not tolerate the Caprylic very well like I feel my body doesn't tolerate Oregano Oil.
I would finish the round, and document all your symptoms etc. for each anti-fungal and then next time if you come to Caprylic acid and have the anxiety again, I would probably take it out and try something else, I have read about so many antifungals and some are even better than caprylic acid.
I have been taking Nystatin for 3 months and just recently switched to Olive Leaf Extract. Two days after the switch I am in major pain - right elbow (tendonitis), and upper back. Is this a "die off reaction"? Do you think it's from getting off the Nystatin, or getting on the Olive Leaf??
I have/am seeing many holistic doctors and am also self-medicating (confusing, huh?).
I'm taking other things besides the Olive Leaf: Cod Liver Oil, a Super Multivitamin, Perfect Food, Primal Defense, Mg/K tablets, B5/B6, and fiber (alternating Psyllium and Herbulk). My gut feeling after reading lots of things on the internet is that the Olive Leaf is pretty powerful stuff and is likely causing this reaction (not to slight the Nystatin withdrawal). I'm also on a very good antifungal diet (Fungus Link Phase 1).
I just have to keep up the hope that this is part of "healing" and not needless suffering....thoughts?
Anyone else had any experience with Olive Leaf Extract (mine's from Seagate)?
With all the information out there I am in a permanent state of confusion!
I came to the same conclusion, I also think my symptoms were die-off. The good thing about die-off is that it doesn't last too long. I am taking a supplement called 'Hep 194' from Biocare, to assist my liver cope with the toxins. It's got milk thistle amongst other things. You might find that helpful. Actually I started these a month before the antifungals.
Caprylic acid in liquid form (known as Caprol) is more effective than caprylic acid tablets with less side effects. I've had amazing results. It should be used with Bentonite and psyllium. I can post more info if you want or you can go to the wholeapproach.com site to read about it.
copied from the Whole Approach site:
Caprol, containing liquid caprylic acid (3600 mg per oz) and oleic acids, is a broad spectrum anti-fungal agent against Candida albicans and other fungi.........Caprylic acid's antifungal properties were the subject of a study at Japan's Niigata University School of Medicine: "the fungicidal effect of caprylic acid on Candida albicans was exceedingly powerful...Caprylic acid exhibits the most remarkable fungistatic and fungicidal properties of all normal saturated fatty acids with even-numbered carbon atoms studied.
This information about caprylic acid's powerful antifungal properties was reported by the Japanese in 1961. However, not until two decades later was it subsequently discovered by a Canadian, Andrew Gutauskas, B.S. Pharmacy, that the benefits of caprylic acid are further enhanced when its transit through the intestinal tract is slowed. Caprylic acid must exert its fungicidal effect in the intestinal tract or not at all. The longer it can react the better.
Unfortunately, caprylic acid is a substance that is normally quite rapidly absorbed into the intestinal tract and routed directly to the liver. There, it is quickly metabolized and does not succeed at entering the general circulation. Just ten minutes after the oral intake of straight caprylic acid, more than 90% can be traced in the portal vein on its way to the liver. For this reason, the quite powerful caprylic acid has little anti-Candida albicans effect, both intestinally and systemically. This fact, however, is significantly altered if its absorption can be somehow slowed, allowing it to remain in the intestine for a longer period of time in order to complete its fungicidal mission. In this program, caprylic acid acquires its needed sustained-release properties from gel, formed by the mixture of Caprol, colon cleansers, and water. This thick gel traps the caprylic acid and slows its transit through the colon.
Uncontrolled surges of caprylic acid into the liver are the most probable cause of adverse reactions to caprylic acid: however, while in this gelled state, caprylic acid does not escape into the liver. It is no surprise, then, that no adverse reactions to this gelled form of caprylic acid have been reported, even among individuals who previously reacted to other caprylic acid products.
Traditional caprylic acid preparations exist as capsules and tablets, but the preference is the liquid form. This mixing causes the caprylic acid to interact with the olive oil, thereby amplifying its fungicidal effects far beyond what caprylic acid has traditionally offered.
.....Oleic acid, the second acid ingredient in Caprol, is found naturally in olive oil. It too, has significant CRC battling effects. Normally harmless Candida albicans (if in small quantities) can convert, or mutate, into a disruptive mycelial form for several reasons - overuse of antibiotics being a prime example. When this happens, root-like tentacles are formed, which allow the new harmful fungi to penetrate the mucosa (or lining) of the intestinal wall and enter the blood stream. From there, the fungi easily gain access to other parts of the body. Oleic acid follows the mycelial, root-like tentacles of candida albicans to the base of the root and kills it there. Oleic acid also hinders any additional conversion of Candida albicans yeast into its mycelial fungal form. ....As explained, oleic acid is of great importance in the destruction of CRC."
Also, the Caprylic acid in Caprol, being a liquid, has a coating action on the intestinal wall, which tablets and capsules cannot match. As the liquid Caprol is dispersed in the Psyllium/Bentonite gel, it releases its caprylic acid throughout the entire length of the intestinal tract."