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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Caprylic Acid

DESCRIPTION

The health benefits of caprylic acid are largely controversial. It was popularised by Dr. William Crook (1984) for its antifungal properties.


SUGGESTED INTAKE

One protocol advises a capsule of Sodium caprylate (390 mg) to be taken two or three times daily with water at mealtimes. Often, other items are recommended to be taken at the same time, including acidophilus and the herb Pau d?Arco.


SUPPLEMENTAL USES

Caprylic acid is used to enhance other types of therapy, including the following:

  • a yeast control diet (1)
  • boosting favourable micro-organisms within the digestive tract e.g. bifidus and acidophilus
  • usage of Garlic as a food ingredient or as a supplement
  • an antifungal prescription, such as Nystatin


SAFETY

No toxicity has been reported. However, it is recommended that use of this over-the-counter product be supervised.


INTERACTIONS AND CONTRA-INDICATIONS

Women should take particular caution when using caprylic acid. Use with birth control pills or antibiotics may increase risk of urinary tract and vaginal yeast Infections. Caprylic acid may also contribute to Thrush, or a yeast overgrowth in the mouth.

REFERENCES

1. Crook, W. G. : The Yeast Connection. 1984.

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