Caprylic Acid

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Nature’s Sunshine Caprylic Acid

Caprylic acid or octanoic acid is a fatty acid which is found in human breast milk and in the tropical oils palm and coconut.

Caprylic acid encourages the growth of probiotic bacteria in the digestive system.

What it does

  1. Anti-Candida: Caprylic acid appears to be incorporated into the membranes of Candida cells, causing them to rupture and die. In addition to Candida, caprylic acid has also been shown to be effective against other gastrointestinal yeast species such as Geotrichium and Rhodotorula.
  2. Sugar Cravings: Caprylic acid can help to reduce the sugar cravings associated with Candida.

Potential Uses

Candida Oral thrush Vaginal thrush
Athletes foot Fungal infections


Caprylic acid is normally absorbed very quickly from the gut into the blood stream, and in order for it to have the desired anti-fungal effects in the gut, caprylic acid must be complexed with minerals to ensure a slower release through the digestive tract.

Caprylic acid should be introduced gradually into an anti-Candida programme to avoid or reduce the “die off” reaction that results from an increased toxic load as the Candida dies.

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with caprylic acid.


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