NOW Caprylic Acid 600 mg,100 Softgels
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- Supports Healthy Intestinal Flora*
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NOW® Caprylic Acid is a naturally derived nutrient traditionally used to support internal wellness. Also known as octanoic acid, Caprylic Acid is a short-to-medium chain fatty acid (MCT) that is naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil. Caprylic Acid supports healthy digestion through its ability to promote a healthy balance of intestinal flora.
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Caprylic Acid (from 1 g of Medium Chain Triglycerides), Other Ingredients: Softgel Capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water). Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.
As a dietary supplement, take 1 softgel twice daily with meals. Consider taking this product in combination with NOW® Oregano Oil Softgels, Virgin Coconut Oil and Probiotic DefenseT.
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If you are on a restorative plan, attempting to heal microbial imbalances in the gut or on the skin, or you already know you have chronic or recurring yeast issues because of a leaky gut, my gentle recommendation would be to start slowly--especially if you already incorporate coconut products in your diet. For example, consider starting with 1 capsule every other day for the first few week, take 1 a day the second week, and if all goes well (no gastric "upset") take the recommended 1 capsule twice a day.
I started with one a capsule day and I got wicked diarrhea. The bad-flora clear-out process was brief but intense, so I cut back to one capsule every other day until things went back to normal. Then I slowly increased to the recommended dosage. Within a couple weeks, I noticed an increase in energy, less joint pain, and overall feeling of lightness.
As far as caprylic acid's topical antibacterial benefits, I decided to conduct an experiment. I'd recently suffered a deep puncture wound on the back of my hand that had been healing nicely. After the 5th day, however, the area around the puncture became *extremely* red, swollen, painful, and hot to the touch. I was afraid I'd need to see a doctor for antibiotics to stop the infection, as I did not want to risk sepsis, which can be fatal if untreated. However, I'd previously read about people using coconut oil to clear up skin issues (such as athlete's foot), so I decided to try it, telling myself that it conditions worsened by the next morning I would see a physician immediately. I squeezed the contents of one capsule directly onto the wound, covered loosely with gauze and surgical tape, and the next morning the skin surrounding the puncture was pink instead of an angry red. Since then, I have kept the wound covered and moist with coconut goodness, alternating between caprylic acid capsules and basic cocout oil, and the healing process has sped up noticeably. After three days, the wound shows a tiny bit of pink surrounding a very pale scab. I'm hoping the coconut treatment might even ameliorate scar formation. Using caprylic acid not only saved me a trip to the doctor but let me avoid dosing my body with antibiotics, which I prefer to take only if absolutely medically necessary.
I am very happy I added these capsules to my supplement routine.
UPDATE: August 2, 2014. There is no scar. The skin that suffered the deep puncture wound is the tiniest bit more pink than the surrounding skin, but there is no visible scar formation. I am convinced the coconut treatment helped. My hands and wrists have several small scars from cooking burns, and those burns were far less severe than that puncture wound.
One word of warning, they candida dying made me sick to my stomach for the first day or so. I would recommend taking a few days off or starting them on a weekend off from work. Two or three days in and everything settled down and months later I am doing almost as good as I was before all this mess started. This is shipped to me on a regular basis now.