Caprylic acid and coconut oil
Caprylic acid is a type of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) with eight carbons (C8). Caprylic acid is found in coconut oil along with the other MCTs, MUFA, and PUFA. Although it forms only around 7%, it is the most beneficial and desired component of coconut oil. The numerous health benefits of coconut oil are attributed to caprylic acid. The exact mechanism behind the benefits of caprylic acid is covered in detail in an article on C8 MCT oil
Quick Fact: Aside from its use in cooking, coconut oil is a very good moisturizer, and has antifungal properties.
What are the uses and benefits of caprylic acid?
Some of the benefits of caprylic acid are listed below:
- Helps in weight loss
- Fights yeast infections (Candida)
- Treatment of skin conditions
- Treatment of digestive disorders
- Antibiotic resistance
- Lowering cholesterol levels
Treatment of yeast infections
Candida is a condition in which the gut is infected with the fungus Candida albicans. Individuals infected by Candida experience symptoms such as abdominal bloating, constipation, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and sugar cravings. Caprylic acid is believed to penetrate the cell membrane of this yeast and kill it. This detoxifies the digestive tract accelerates the healing process. Research has shown that caprylic acid causes the rupturing of the cell membrane of Candida. Oil pulling or swallowing 1-2 tablespoons of coconut per day can fight yeast infections that may occur in the body.
Quick Fact: Caprylic acid fights Candida albicans the fungus that causes irritable bowel syndrome.
Treatment of skin conditions
The antimicrobial properties of caprylic acid makes it a good option to treat skin infections. One of the most common skin infections, acne, is known to respond very well to treatment with coconut oil. Coconut oil is also used as a remedy for another skin condition called dermatophilosis. Dermatophilosis is characterized by painful and dry scabs that are a result of a bacterial infection. Applying coconut oil to the affected region has been shown to relieve the symptoms. Caprylic acid is also used to skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Quick Fact: Caprylic acid has antibacterial properties which helps fight acne.
Treatment of digestive disorders
Some digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel disorder and irritable bowel syndrome are caused by bacterial infections in the digestive tract. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of caprylic acid is shown to be effective in treating these conditions. Caprylic acid is also shown to help patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Lowering risk of antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic resistance describes the condition in which bacteria works out a way to thrive in spite of the presence of antibiotics. This happens from constant exposure of the bacterial strain to the antibiotic. Treating bacterial infections with coconut oil or caprylic acid, instead of with antibiotics, reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance. Research has shown that caprylic acid reduced five types of bacteria in contaminated milk samples- including E.coli.
Quick Fact: Using caprylic acid to treat bacterial infections instead of antibiotics reduces risk for antibiotic resistance.
Lowering cholesterol levels
Caprylic acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and lower the accumulation of cholesterol in the aorta. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are known to have a favorable effect in lowering blood cholesterol levels; and caprylic acid is a type of MCT.
Quick Fact: Research has shown that caprylic acid lowers blood LDL levels. LDL is popularly referred to as “bad” cholesterol.
What are the best food sources of caprylic acid?
Some of the best food sources of caprylic acid (C8 oil):
- Coconut oil
- Full-fat cow’s milk
- Peanut butter
- Palm-fruit oil
- Human breast milk
Coconut oil is a good natural source of caprylic acid. However the proportion of C8 MCT in coconut oil is only 7%. Nearly 50% of coconut oil is lauric acid- the longest MCT and the slowest to get converted into ketones. Moreover the characteristic smell in coconut oil may not be preferable to some people. C8 MCT oil contains 100% pure C8 MCT. MCT oil goes through the distillation process by which the C6 form, which has an unfavorable smell, is removed. This makes it easy to use MCT oil in the daily diet by mixing it in coffee, salad dressing, and smoothies.
Quick Fact: Human breast milk is a natural source of caprylic acid<.
Dosing, Side Effects, and Safety
Caprylic acid is generally considered safe. Very large amounts of caprylic acid supplements taken along with other MCTs have been shown to cause gastrointestinal issues in a small sample of individuals. Caprylic acid is not recommended for breastfeeding or pregnant women since it can lead to nausea and complicate existing digestive issues.
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