Undecylenic Acid in the treatment of Candidaisis

Undecylenic acid, a fatty acid derivative  that comes from castor bean has a natural anti-fungal nutrient that can be found in many cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other personal care products.

In a study on denture linings, it has been identified that undecylenic acid inhibited not only the growth of Candida albicans but also prevented it from converting to its hyphal form.The hyphae form of a yeast like Candida is more aggressive and symptomatic that the simple yeast form. The properties of undecylenic acid can be used to halt Candida’s growth and conversion to hyphae.