Coconut Oil: Antifungal
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 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 dessert. There 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.
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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Charlie Pulsipher is a health and fitness enthusiast, writer, author, and neighborhood do-gooder. He shifted his education from Biochemistry to English Literature in an attempt to avoid math, but never stopped loving the natural world of the miniscule. He has published several fantasy and science fiction novels and helped others publish more down to earth books about natural foods. He can’t stop writing. He is probably happily tapping away on some keyboard even now.