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Coconut oil versus coconut oil supplements

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Created August 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

I am trying to use coconut oil as an antibacterial and an antifungal as I am beginning a paleo-based diet to combat SIBO and heal a leaky gut. Of course I know that the real thing is most likely better than a pill form, but I have been experiencing pretty bad nausea and diarrhea when I eat virgin coconut oil (mostly when I eat it from the jar and sometimes when I cook with it). I do not get it from the softgels.

edit to add - the amount that I have been taking is usually 1-2 teaspoons (max) with food.

But before I commit to making the switch, I wanted to know, do the tablets have the same antibacterial/antifungal properties as the pure oil? What about refined coconut oil?

The type of capsules I have are these: http://www.amazon.com/Foods-Virgin-Coconut-1000mg-Softgels/dp/B0019LTJ7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376926782&sr=8-1&keywords=coconut+oil+capsules

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19120 · August 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Anti-fungal, I can't really say as I have not used it for that purpose, but if you want an alternative for anti-bacterial, you may want to consider a good, broad range probiotic. Encouraging growth of healthy bacteria will discourage the bad bacteria from thriving.

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0 · August 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

With all that said, thanks for doing the math.

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0 · August 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Even when I have used barely any coconut oil, it has resulted in nausea. Even as a child, I avoided coconut things because they gave me a headache and stomach ache. I would really prefer to stop taking it, as the smell when I open the jar makes me gag. Perhaps its because the softgels are so small an amount (I used to take 4 per day) they never bothered me. I wonder if I can still get any antibacterial benefits out of them at such a small dose?

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19120 · August 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Coconut oil is ~130 calories a tablespoon. The item you linked to is 3 softgels per serving, and 25 calories from fat, per serving. So, 25 / 130 = .19, round up to .20 or 1/5 for ease sake. That's one-fifth of tablespoon per serving, or 3/15 of a tbsp. A teaspoon is 1/3 of a tablespoon, or 5/15.

This means three things:

  • Each capsule in that linked product is 1/15 of a tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Each suggested serving (3 capsules) is about 3/5 of a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  • You would have to eat 10 softgels to get two teaspoons of coconut oil.

This begs the question: instead of eating 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil, why not try eating 3/5 of a single teaspoon of coconut oil?

With capsules, you are paying a premium for the "ease" of talking the food. In the end, it's either the same or worse quality of product that you would get from just eating straight from the jar.

Summary: try eating less oil.

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19120 · August 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Anti-fungal, I can't really say as I have not used it for that purpose, but if you want an alternative for anti-bacterial, you may want to consider a good, broad range probiotic. Encouraging growth of healthy bacteria will discourage the bad bacteria from thriving.

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0 · August 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

With all that said, thanks for doing the math.

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0 · August 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Even when I have used barely any coconut oil, it has resulted in nausea. Even as a child, I avoided coconut things because they gave me a headache and stomach ache. I would really prefer to stop taking it, as the smell when I open the jar makes me gag. Perhaps its because the softgels are so small an amount (I used to take 4 per day) they never bothered me. I wonder if I can still get any antibacterial benefits out of them at such a small dose?

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2944 · August 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM

You might consider raw garlic, raw carrot (maybe a 'Peat carrot salad') to address antibacterial needs... (although the fodmaps could be problematic...)

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8065 · August 20, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Perhaps you started out with coconut oil too fast for your system. Cut back to 1/2 tsp. once daily for a week or so and see how you do. Once you know that's OK, go up to 1 tsp./day. Then increase in 1 tsp increments up to 3 TBSP a day.

If you can't get past a small amount, you may just be too sensitive to it, in that case try to get your fat from elsewhere.

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