Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection: Does It Work?
The Excellent In Vitro Antimicrobial Properties of Coconut Oil on Candida Species
Candida is a genus of yeasts that can be treated with coconut oil due to its excellent in vitro antimicrobial properties. It is known to be the most common cause of fungal infections in the whole world. Most of the candida species are not harmful endosymbionts and commensals of hosts. However, when the immune system is compromised they can attack and can cause diseases. The most common isolated species is candida albicans. It causes infections such as candidiasis in human beings.
Many of the species are found in gut flora such as C. albicans in the mammalian hosts. There are others that live as endosymbionts in the insects hosts. Systemic infections of the bloodstream and other major organs especially the patients in immunocompromised condition affect about 100,000 people in a year USA.
Most of the antibiotics facilitate the infections of the yeast. This includes the overgrowth of gastrointestinal candida, and also promotes the penetration of GI mucosa. Women are more vulnerable to the genital yeast infections, and to relatively lesser extent men are also infected. Another factor that aggravates the attack of candida species is the prolonged use of antibiotic use. People suffering from diabetes and HIV are more prone to yeast infections.
Coconut oil has been found to possess powerful in vitro antimicrobial properties on harmful candida species.
There is a development of antimicrobial resistance, together with availability of a few antifungal agents with fungicidal activities.
Is coconut oil antifungal?
Studies on coconut have shown antifungal properties for all species of fungus based. If you are trying to clean yourself of the extreme candida levels have been advised to take this. It will work on all kinds of the dangerous organisms residing in your body.
The studies also showed that coconut oil was every active against all the species of candida at a concentration of 100% as compared to drugs such as fluconazole. Candida albicans type of a cadinda albicans has the highest susceptibility to coconut oil at 100%. Therefore, coconut oil should be incorporated in the treatment of all fungal infections in regard to the emergence of candida species that resist drugs.
How is coconut oil antifungal?
Research has shown that coconut oil has antiviral, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal properties. The phytochemical research shows that lauric acid, which is the main component of the fatty acid in coconut oil. Lauric acid is the highly responsible for the action of the coconut oil. The human milk is also known to have a natural occurring lauric acid which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. The viscosity of the coconut oil stops bacterial adhesion and coaggregation. The oral benefits of coconut oil are prevention of oral malodour, dental caries, bleeding of the gums, cracked lips, and dryness of the throat
The coconut oil has two types of mechanisms in which the coconut oil can decrease the GI colonisation by Candida albicans—the coconut oil could be insufficient in factors that are required for strong GI colonisation or can powerfully stop the colonisation such by killing Candida albicans. If the coconut oil alone is unable to support this robust colonisation, then beef tallow can be used to rescue the colonisation defect.
The coconut oil in emulsions of water cream that has different concentrations ranging from 5-40% were done tests in vitro antimicrobial property against Candida species such as C.albicans, S aureus, Aspergillus niger, and Ps. Aeruginosa. For each cream there was inoculation with a culture of bacteria or yeast that was standardised. The survival was measured at 6, 24, and 48 hours. It was further measured at 7, 14, and 28 days. The creams were compounded as free from preservative or together with preservatives of parabens, lemon grass oil, or cetrimide. For S.aureus there was no growth that was observed after 6 hours. There was no growth observed of Ps. Aeruginosa after 48 hours. After 7 days for A. niger there was no growth. The conclusions that can be drawn from this study are that coconut oil can be used to make a cream and still maintain its antimicrobial properties on candida species.
Comparison of coconut oil with other drugs
The recent research on coconut oil has shown antifungal properties that are comparable to ketoconazole. According to Ogbolu, C.albicans is highly susceptible to coconut oil. Coconut oil was also found to reduce significantly the gingivitis condition which is normally accredited to reduced plaque accumulation and anti-inflammatory and emollient effect of the coconut oil.
The coconut oil and other parts of the coconut tree have been found to have antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil has medium-chain form of fatty acids components such as capric acid, lauric acid, and among others that gives antimicrobial effect by destroying fungal, bacterial, and viral cell membrane, causing the death of cells.This review gives a summary in vitro and in vivo research of topical anti-infective activity of coconut oil and the fatty acids contained within. It also gives a description of coconut products for the skin infections especially dermal infections.