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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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7:52PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

I now use coconut oil...but only in the winter as it makes me SO HOT, which is a good thing when the temp drops!

2:43AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Natural is always best

9:04AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

Thank you for informative article.

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8:11AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

good to know, thanks

3:53AM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

7:52PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thanks.

9:41AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thank you :)

3:03PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

TY for sharing info.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

2:47PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

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