Undecylenic acid is another medium chain saturated fatty acid that can be sued to treat yeast infections like caprylic acid. Where caprylic acid comes from palm and coconut oil, undecylenic acid is extracted from castor bean oil. Undecylenic acid for candida is not as commonly used as caprylic acid but that does not reflect a weakness, it was commonly used in the past until new drugs were developed and is still used in some cases today. And compared to the cost of those new drugs this alternative natural treatment is much cheaper.
How undecylenic acid for candida works
Undecylenic acid has very strong anti-fungal properties and is often used in natural supplements against candida, in fact there are some reports that it is up to six times stronger than caprylic acid at the same dose. It can be used for all the various forms candida infections take, Thrush, vaginal yeast infection, foot fungus, jock itch and so on. It can also be used safely by breast feeding mothers though it may change the tasted of the milk slightly.
Amongst the supplements that use it are Formula SF722, CandidaClear, and UGN. Ot is also part of the ingredients in several over the counter medications such as Desinex cream. As well as being effective against candida species it can also be used against Trichophyton species, Microsporum audouini and Epidermophyton ingeuinale. Research on undecylenic acid for candida has found that as well as killing the fungus directly it also stops more of the candida yeast from turning into its pathogenic invasive hyphae form. Thus it helps prevent leaky gut syndrome and stops the candida in the intestines spreading to other parts of the body. It has also been found that medium chain fatty acids disrupt the pH of the cell cytoplasm.
About fatty acids
All fatty acids in fact are anti-fungal to some degree, the greater the carbon atoms of a fatty acid chain, the more anti-fungal activity it has. However some people do not react well to them and find they irritate the mucous membranes, they also usually do not smell or taste good! That is why as an alternative the magnesium, calcium or sodium salt of the fatty acid is used i.e calcium undecylenic or undecylenic salts. But undecylenic salts are more sensitive to pH and at higher pH levels the salt is not as effective against candida as the acid. They need to be delivered in a time release form so as to not be damaged by stomach acid when taken.
Case studies on undecylenic acid for candida
In a study on 151 patients undecylenic showed a marked decrease in infection rate in patients who were given treatment compared to those who just received placebo. There were no side effects reported.
Resilient liners used to treat denture stomatitis caused by Candida albicans that contain undecylenic acid for candida treatment was able to prevent the yeast from converting to its pathogenic form.
Taking undecylenic acid for candida
Only small doses are needed and it should not be mixed with food or drink as this could cause irritation to your mucous membranes. Do not apply its oil form directly to the skin as it can cause irritation unless diluted first with olive oil. Dose is usually between 450-750mg for adults a day, divided up into three doses.