What Is Caprylic Acid and How Can It Help Against Candida?

As severe complications of Candida infections are extremely rare, many people avoid going to the doctor’s office and decide to treat these infections themselves. Different home remedies and over the counter topical treatments often used to inhibit Candida growth and stop the infection. Recently, it has been implied that caprylic acid may be added to the list of possible treatment options for Candida infections.

So, what is the connection between caprylic acid and Candida?

What Is Caprylic Acid?

Commonly found in coconut and palm oil, caprylic acid (also known as octanoic acid) is a type of fatty acids that’s minimally soluble in water, but soluble in fat. It can also be found in the milk of certain mammals (including humans), and a especially unpleasant smell and taste characterize it.

Because of its antibacterial qualities, it’s commercially used as a disinfectant in the food industry for sterilizing food processing equipment, dairy equipment, and breweries.

Caprylic Acid and Candida

Some studies have found that this acid can be used to treat Candida infections. The reason why this may be the case is that caprylic acid may help break down the walls of Candida cells. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.

You can take caprylic acid either as a supplement or by consuming coconut oil. You can also apply coconut oil to your skin if you have a skin yeast infection. If you decide to take supplements, consult your doctor or pharmacist so that they can advise you on the right dosage.


Although caprylic acid is known for its antibacterial effects, more research is needed to confirm the link between caprylic acid and Candida. If you have a yeast infection, we recommend going for some of the well-known medications like clotrimazole to inhibit Candida growth.

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