"Undecylenic acid is a fatty acid that comes from the castor bean. It has proven to be a most effective antifungal agent and is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter antifungal preparations. The problem with this mono-unsaturated fatty acid is that it is sensitive to pH imbalances commonly found in those with Candida.
"Many people with Candida have shown to have alkaline pH issues with their small intestine, directly due to the yeast infection and levels of bad bacteria commonly encountered. Unfortunately most who recommend this fatty acid are not even aware that there are potentially serious delivery issues with undecylenic acid, it is more difficult to use effectively than caprylic acid. All you need to do is to add Betaine HCL to overcome this issue, and here’s why:
4. Betaine HCL.
Unlike caprylic acid, studies have shown that undecylenic acid works best in a predominantly acid environment. To ensure that undecylenic acid works best in the small intestine, a small amount of sustained-release Betaine hydrochloride has been added to each tablet of canXida Remove. This ensures that the undecylenic acid will work exactly where you want it to, in the duodenum and ileum, the two parts of the small bowel mostly effected by candida, thus avoiding the release of excessive bicarbonate (an alkaline solution) produced by the pancreas which would potentially render this fatty acid useless as an antifungal"
Opinion on this?
Question of whether the sustained betaine hcl will actually make it past the duodenum without being neutralized by bicarbonates?
--I question whether there is enough betaine HCL in there to actually make the ph 6.0 and below???
I'm wondering if undecleynic acid salt combined with a higher dose of absorbic acid would keep the ph down to make the salt form more effective?? hmmmm
I have found the salt form to be more gentle than the acid form. I found undecenoic acid to be slightly irritating thinking that's why it gives me head fog. I think it somewhat irritates the GI tract causing an histamine release/brain fog. This might just apply for more sensitive GI tracts though.
I question whether undecenoic acid has irritant qualities like a lot of anti-fungals. Seems like its hard to avoid some kind of toxicity/irritation with stronger antifungals:
I've noticed on some anti-fungal liquids that contain undecenoic acid that it states to "stop use if irritation occurs" So I don't know if undecenoic acid is without side effects,especially for people with sensitive GI tracts. Of course it depends on the dose as well. For people that don't have a sensitive gut/inflammation it might not effect them as much.