At CanXida, we often discuss the importance of various foods in supporting the fight against yeast overgrowth. Today, we’d like to shed light on a particularly potent food: coconut. Over recent years, coconut has gained immense popularity, not just as an anti-fungal, but also as a weight loss aid.
The coconut tree, often referred to as the “tree of life,” earns its moniker rightfully. Almost every part of the coconut tree finds its use – from the nut to the husk. Especially when focusing on its nutritional value, coconut stands out. Some may be wary of its fat content, suspecting that it may have adverse effects on heart health. However, such fears are largely misguided. Coconuts have been a dietary staple for thousands of years, particularly in tropical regions, where heart disease was a rarity until the advent of more processed diets.
One of the primary reasons to consider incorporating coconut, especially its oil, into your diet is its rich content of MCTs or medium-chain triglycerides. These specific fats are not only heart-friendly but are also potent anti-fungals. The presence of Lauric acid, Caprylic acid, and Capric acid in coconut helps weaken the yeast’s cell walls, exposing its internal components to the immune system.
Specifically, coconut oil is a powerhouse, containing significantly more Caprylic acid than coconut cream. As a suggestion, one might start by adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to their daily diet and then gradually increasing the quantity. It’s versatile and can be used in cooking, drinks, and even smoothies. Additionally, coconut oil is easily digestible, making it an excellent option for those with liver concerns or those who have undergone gallbladder removal.
However, it’s essential to approach with caution. Over-consumption initially might lead to “die-off” symptoms. As with any potent food, start slowly and gradually build your tolerance. When sourcing coconut oil, we recommend opting for a cold-pressed, high-grade, organic variant.
In line with our recommendations in our book Candida Crusher, for those looking for dietary supplements with anti-fungal properties, consider those containing Caprylic acid, carvacrol (found in oregano), Eugenol (present in clove), and allicin (found in garlic). They play an instrumental role in combatting yeast overgrowth.
In our subsequent discussions, we’ll delve into the benefits of allium-containing foods.
Disclaimer: While we aim to provide accurate and beneficial information, it’s crucial to consult with your healthcare professional before making any significant dietary changes or additions.