Does Coconut Oil Kill Friendly Gut Flora?

by (656) Updated November 04, 2012 at 7:22 AM Created August 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM

The standard answer seems to be that it kills candida but leaves friendly flora alive. How do we know this? Is anyone gut intolerant of CO?

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400 · August 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

At first I had trouble with CO, more because I had some fat malabsorption issues due to celiac. Once my gut healed, CO and other fats were fine.

From what I understand, it's the capric/caprylic acid and lauric acid in CO that are anti-fungal etc, and act against candida overgrowth. I'm not sure how it affects other flora in the gut, if at all, and haven't found anything that states it leaves other flora alone... although most of our flora are bacteria (not fungi) so are perhaps not affected for that reason?

4337 · August 28, 2011 at 2:04 AM

I don't know if either statements are true but the reason to eat coconut is because there are examples of healthy cultures that ate it and because it has been with us on this planet for millions of years. Most likely, if you think you have candida, you don't. Most likely if you think you have dysbiosis, you don't. Just eat the shit healthy people ate and you will be healthy. That's more in line with the state of our knowledge at this point.

0 · November 04, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Jay you obviously have no idea how common either of the conditions are because there's no way you possibly could. You show no evidence that disproves all of the claims made by individuals that they have been diagnosed with these conditions. You're going off your intuition which in this case is oversimplifying a much more complex process, also known as the HUMAN BODY.

ps candida is extremely common and easily diagnosed through a stool test.

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