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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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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.

6:53PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Yes more to think about

5:11AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Thanks.

10:01AM PDT on Jun 8, 2014

I absolutely love the versatility of the uses for Coconut Oil, but I do prefer using my Olive Oil for frying and for when I am making homemade egg free Mayonnaise. I use Coconut Oil for when I make my handmade deodorant. I use it for deep frying, and for when I want an Oil I can whip up to a fluffier consistency. That works great for when I make Vegan Cool Whip, the same way Coconut Cream works great for when I make Vegan Whipped Cream. Coconut oil also works fantastic for making dairy free butter. It's natural semi solid state at warmer temperatures makes it a very useful oil, and the fact that it is a healthy oil is a sincerely serious plus as well.

12:47PM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Olive oil is best used raw while coconut oil can handle heat. Good info. The corn industry of course, would have something other to say about all this. It takes education and good marketing.

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