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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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1:57PM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Insightful!

9:58AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

7:28AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Thanks

7:28AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Noted

3:19PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

PLEASE remember that, like palm oil, coconut products are responsible for enormous deforestation in the tropics!

12:17AM PST on Jan 15, 2014

thanks.. I'll stop cooking in olive oil and switch to coconut oil.

1:25AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

I'm allergic to soy and mom can't have corn so mainly use coconut oil (olive gets rancid at high heat). I always knew this, people often think it's bad because it can make you gain weight , while it is fat ,coconut is not as artery clogging

8:43PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

thanks for spreading the word!

9:55AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Thanks

3:17PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

And next week, you will debunk this.
Neverending cycle. :-|

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