Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for November 05, 2006


My wife and I have been talking about candida lately and although I have my own opinions of the cause, she has a friend who tried a candida suppliment and was getting great results with an increase in absorption. That’s definately one of my problems so let’s give it a try… Off to the health food store…

One store recommended a seventy dollar trauma kit that had four different supplements. Too expensive. Then I tried another one and they had the same trauma kit but they also has something called Caprylic Acid. I’ve never come across this before and it was only ten dollars. I didn’t want something overwhelming so this would do just fine. It’s made by the same people who make my magnesium and that’s the best one I’ve tried.

What does doctor google think?

Caprylic acid is the common name for the eight-carbon straight chain fatty acid known by the systematic name octanoic acid. It is found naturally in coconuts and breast milk. It is an oily liquid with a slightly unpleasant rancid taste that is minimally soluble in water. 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. According to nutritionist Erica White, caprylic acid is excellent for dealing with candida in the intestines, which are frequently colonized by candida; but, being a long-chain fatty acid, it has difficulty in penetrating fatty cell wall membranes. Some nutritionists therefore recommend starting with caprylic acid when treating candidiasis, but moving later to other plant oils (e.g. oil of cloves, or oregano) which contain fatty acids with a shorter carbon chain that can more easily penetrate tissues in the body such as muscles, joints, and sinuses. Caprylic acid is also used in the treatment of some bacterial infections.

A 3 to 4 month course of caprylic acid is typically recommended. The usual recommended dosage is 1000 to 2000 mg to be taken 3 times a day with meals. It is also recommended to begin with the lowest dose (500 mg once or twice a day) and then gradually increase the dose by adding 1 capsule every 2 to 3 days until the full recommended dose is achieved. Caprylic acid is easily digested which means it is quickly absorbed through the intestines and delivered into the bloodstream.

Caprylic acid is an 8-carbon fatty acid that is produced in the body, and is a component of coconut oil, palm nut oil, butter fat and other vegetable and animal sources.

Caprylic acid is commonly used to inhibit the growth of fungi, especially the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans, the organism responsible for candidiasis (‘yeast infection’). Many apparently healthy men and women have some Candida in their gastrointestinal tract, but it is usually kept in check by Lactobacillus bacteria. When this check fails, the result can be acid stomach, abdominal pain, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, itching, or symptoms of intoxication.

Caprylic acid has antitumor activity. In a 1991 experiment with rats, an 8-day treatment with caprylic acid obliterated liver tumors without affecting normal tissue.

Caprylic acid can affect blood pressure. A supplement high in caprylic acid reduced diastolic blood pressure in volunteers with normal blood pressure; it remains to be studied in people with hypertension.

Customary dosages range from 300 to 1200 mg/day. No anti-tumor dosage has been established.

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November 5, 2006 - Posted by | Health | ,

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