A study published in Frontiers in Microbiology showed that a combination of caprylic acid and pectic acid (a soluble fiber in cell walls of certain fruits) was able to eliminate pathogenic biofilms within 60 minutes of exposure. Even more impressively, the caprylic acid was able to destroy the biofilms without causing harm to the surrounding healthy cells. As a result, the researchers suggested that caprylic acid may be used as an effective treatment against a number of infection-causing microorganisms (study).
As well as destroying the Candida biofilms, caprylic acid has been found to inhibit MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), as well as E. coli, Salmonella and P. aeruginosa bacteria.
Candida yeast infections are a common medical problem. Candida infections are fungal infections. They can cause vaginal yeast infections, nail fungus, and oral thrush. The antifungal properties of caprylic acid are thought to kill and reduce yeast.
A 2011 study found that caprylic acid was effective at reducing symptoms in some Candidainfections.
And a 2019 study found that caprylic acid, along with other naturally derived antifungals, was effective at killing Candida albicans, the yeast that commonly causes yeast infections.
Just as caprylic acid may help manage yeast infections, it may also be beneficial for certain skin conditions. This is largely thanks to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which help it kill off bacteria that live in the skin.
There is some evidence that medium-chain fatty acids like caprylic acid may help patients who have certain digestive disorders.
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of caprylic acid may help manage conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Both of these conditions involve inflammation and sometimes bacterial infections in the digestive system. The antibacterial properties may also be beneficial for people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
What Is It?
Caprylic acid, also known as octanoic acid, is a naturally occurring fatty acid that provides support for healthy candida balance.*
Uses For Caprylic Acid
Microflora Balance: Caprylic acid promotes a favorable environment for beneficial microflora, helping to maintain a healthy candida balance.
Due to its fat solubility, it is believed to penetrate intestinal mucosal cells to exert its effects. In this formula, calcium and magnesium caprylates act as buffers and may also help slow the dispersion of caprylic acid to support its activity throughout the gastrointestinal tract.*
What Is The Source?
Caprylic acid is derived from from palm oil. Calcium and magnesium are derived from the lime of rock.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects Or Precautions?
Caprylic acid has been associated with GI upset, bloating or diarrhea. Caprylic acid is not recommended for individuals prone to developing kidney stones. If pregnant or lactating, consult your physician before taking this product.
Are There Any Potential Drug Interactions?
Caprylic acid may be contra-indicated with NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and certain blood thinning medications. Consult your physician for more information.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only. Consult your physician for any health problems.