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The Truth About Coconut Oil

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Coconut Oil’s Secret Ingredient

Fifty percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. If you’re a frequent reader of my newsletter you already know that I consider lauric acid a “miracle” ingredient because of its unique health promoting properties.

Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.[9]

Monolaurin is a monoglyceride which can actually destroy lipid coated viruses such as:

  • HIV, herpes
  • Measles
  • Influenza virus
  • Various pathogenic bacteria
  • Protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth!

Capric acid, another coconut fatty acid present in smaller amounts, has also been added to the list of coconut’s antimicrobial components.

This is one of the key reasons you should consider consuming coconut oil, because there aren’t many sources of monolaurin in our diet. But the health benefits of coconut oil don’t stop there.

The Benefits of Medium-Chain Fatty Acids

Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits.† Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these healthy MCFAs.

By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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5:20PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

I've been giving it to my dogs for years. I think I will now make them share.

5:46PM PDT on Jul 26, 2014

Thanks

5:20AM PDT on Jul 25, 2014

Of course coconut oil does not spike blood sugar, it is fat! Butter does not spike blood sugar either. Sugar spikes blood sugar, not fat.

On another level, I do not doubt coconut's health giving properties BUT just like avocados ( http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-horrifying-truth-about-avocados.html ), now that everyone in the world wants coconut oil you KNOW it is going to corrupt the coconut growing process:

1. GMO
2. destroying rain forest land to grow MORE coconut to meet the demand
3. finding ways to make the process cheaper (and therefor the end product) to increase profits
4. Blah, blah, blah... the same old human corruption stories on every "commodity" that is deemed a "superfood"

Should we not stick with the superfoods that are local to us, grow in our local, regional areas?

Just a thought on keeping the earth less exploited in so many ways.

Hugs, Paula

12:24PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks!

9:13PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

thanks

9:25PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

I had heard coconut oil was good, but now, after reading this info. I will be using it in my cooking asap! Thank you for sharing this article:)

9:03AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

Great info, thank you

7:32AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

thanks

2:02PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Enlightening! Also check out anything on youtube featuring Dr Mary Roberts talking about the benefits of coconut oil in preventing early-onset alzheimers. It will make you go out and get some immediately!

1:31PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Thank you for sharing all the info.

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