In the last few years, the benefits of the coconut has catapulted it out of the once exotic fruit category and into the health and wellness arena. More recent research has confirmed the successful use of coconut oil for yeast infection treatment. It seems that the oil contains three ingredients that contain properties that are naturally antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral, while maintaining the balance of the ‘good’ bacteria that our bodies need to survive.
A yeast infection is one of the most common types of infection. The body has an array of ‘good’ bacteria that thrive and help with natural bodily functions. A yeast called candida albicans typically lives in a harmonious manner within the body, until something occurs to throw off that balance. Once done, there is a growth explosion of the yeast which leads to the candida yeast infection. The goal of returning this balance can be easily accomplished with coconut oil.
The benefits of coconut oil in combatting a yeast infection:
- Coconut oil contains caprylic acid which breaks down the yeast cell membrane that is causing a yeast infection in the vaginal area. The breakdown prevents the yeast from continuing to propagate.
- The lauric acid in coconut oil assists as a nutrient for the immune system and helps in the battle against the reproduction of the yeast fungus. Virgin coconut oil contains the highest amount of lauric acid.
- Yeast infections thrive on sugar as a main source of food. The natural sweeteners in coconut oil acts as an alternative to sugar and controls the growth of the yeast fungus, while also benefiting in boosting the energy level of the body.
Always consult with a primary healthcare provider before making any regimen changes.