Virgin Coconut Oil and Energy
These fatty acids are so small that they are digested quickly and the body uses them as an immediate source of fuel rather than packing them away in storage inside
our fat cells. MCFA’s are used to produce energy similar to carbohydrates and therefore are not circulated in the bloodstream like other fats (hence they do not increase the bad LDL cholesterol and lead to arterial deposits). Thus they supply energy without the need for insulin and are very suited for preventing blood sugar imbalances. They do not become stored in fat cells or contribute to weight gain (in fact they help to boost metabolism and lose weight) or arteriosclerosis. Furthermore, MCFA's contain powerful antimicrobial effects against many harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses. For a study on the many scientifically documented health benefits of coconut oil and other coconut products from the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, please click here.
Virgin Coconut Oil and Brain Function
Virgin Coconut Oil is now the being intensively research for its effects on preventing and in many cases reversing the effects of various nervous system diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, epilepsy, dementia, even schizophrenia and autism. Much of the breakthrough work on this subject has been performed by Dr. Mary Newport in her book titled, Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was A Cure? In this book Dr. Newport outlines how her husbands developing Alzheimer's Disease has led her to finding the cure in virgin coconut oil. The effect is as a result of Due to the groundbreaking nature of this discovery, thousands of people are only now starting to utilize Virgin Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions and the positive patient testimonials are appearing online every day. Alzheimer's disease is considered an incurable disease with no medical solution available, despite billions of dollars being poured into research. To understand how Virgin Coconut Oil is useful in Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders begins with understanding the all important ketones that are produced after Virgin Coconut Oil digestion, please click here for a step-by-step intro by Dr. Newport.
Virgin coconut oil is also being used as a more user friendly replacement for the stricter ketogenic diet in all those neurological conditions which have previously shown benefit from this diet, especially childhood and adult epilepsy and certain forms of cancer.
Preventing Arterial Disease
To understand the difference between medium chain fatty acids found in Virgin Coconut Oil and other oils, click the diagram above to enlarge.
The polyunsaturated oils we commonly use for cooking are primarily composed of Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA’s) that require LDL cholesterol (the bad one) to move the fat through the bloodstream contributing to arterial plaque build-up and fat storage because LCFA’s are rapidly altered by free radicals creating oxidized LDL cholesterol which is the main culprit in arterial disease.
Common vegetable oils contain a majority of Omega 6 fatty acids which are excessive in modern diets and play a role in arterial inflammation (not to be confused with the essential Omega 3 oils from oily fish and flaxseed oil which also help to counteract this). Virgin Coconut Oil is made up for more than 65% MCFA’s that are highly resistant to oxidation and with the lowest Omega 6 ratio of all vegetable oils .
It is now being increasingly understood that only oxidized fats can end up as arterial plaque and the composition of 74% of this plaque comes from poly and mono unsaturated vegetable oils. Regularly consuming Virgin Coconut Oil also improves HDL cholesterol (the good one) thus improving the all important ratio between LDL and HDL.
Virgin Coconut Oil and Oil Pulling
The practice of swishing Virgin Coconut Oil in the mouth for oral health is a traditional folk remedy in India that has been gaining huge popularity worldwide with many thousands of testimonies to its benefit for a whole range of conditions, including those given below.