Caprylic acid is the common name for the eight-carbon saturated fatty
acid known by the systematic name octanoic acid.
is a medium chain fatty acid (C8H16O2), also called octanoic acid, that
is found naturally in coconut oil, palm oil, butter fat as well as in
human breast milk.
known to have anti-fungal as well as some anti-bacterial and anti-viral
an oily liquid that is minimally soluble in water with a slightly
unpleasant rancid-like smell.
the difficulties with caprylic / octanoic acid is that, being a medium
chain fatty acid, it is very easily digested and absorbed by the body.
it often gets absorbed in the stomach and small intestines before it
reaches the large intestines, where it it most needed – because that is
where most of the candida overgrowth is found.
better brands of caprylic acid come in enteric coated or timed-released
capsules to ensure that it gets released only when it reaches the colon
– and that it is released slowly there, so that it goes through the
entire length of the large intestines.
brand of caprylic acid that it highly regarded by many natural health
practitioners is Caproyl. This combines the acid with psyllium husk and
Caprylic / octanoic acid is not known to be toxic and is generally safe
to use. However, it has an unpleasant rancid taste and may cause mild
gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea.
Caprylic acid is used commercially in the production of esters used in
perfumery and also in the manufacture of dyes.
Caprylic acid is known to have anti-fungal properties, and is often
recommended by nutritionists for the treatment of candidiasis.
Caprylic acid is also used in the treatment of some bacterial
anti-fungal effect of caprylic acid has been demonstrated in both
clinical trails and in vitro studies.
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