It has long been known that Saturated fat — fat that consists of triglycerides containing only saturated fatty acids — can cause quite a number of cardiovascular diseases. You can understand just how bad the reputation of this kind of fat is. If you want to live a healthy and longer life, you would make it a priority to stay away from consuming food that has a high amount of saturated fat. Which is why it is also understandable why people are skeptical about the so-called “miracle wonder” of Virgin Coconut Oil, which is composed of saturated fatty acids.
How can something like Coconut oil be healthy if it is composed of such fatty acids? Well, recent research on this particular oil has provided us with the answer and provided Coconut oil a chance.
Coconut Oil is primarily a medium-chain fatty acid or MCFA, for short. Because of this, it is broken down immediately for use rather than stored (which is how cholesterol builds up). MCFA’s aren’t bundled up into chylomicrons for circulation like LCFA’s or long-chain fatty acids. What happens upon intake is that these MCFA’s
are transported to the liver for conversion into energy. The quick conversion process prevents weight gain as long as calories consumed as Coconut oil do not exceed the body’s natural caloric needs. Not only that, but this particular type of oil is found to speed metabolism and increase energy expenditure, which gives rise to a great deal of interest for Coconut oil’s potential as an aid to help you lose weight.
The research conducted on Coconut oil not only showed its potential to help you lose weight, it also showed that MCFA’s may be useful in curing and preventing diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, a couple of virus-related diseases like mononucleosis, hepatitis C, and herpes, gallblader diseases, Crohn’s disease, and last but definitely not least, cancer. The smaller size of the MCFA’s as compared to the size of LCFA’s, also allows the MCFA to be digested more easily, making them ideal for those suffering digestive diseases. The Coconut oil also has the capabilities to assist in the absorption and help retain calcium which is beneficial to our bones.
Here’s another great thing about Coconut oil: it has anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties!
Lipid-coated bacteria, as its name suggests, contain a lipid coat which encloses their DNA among other cellular materials. When consumed by humans, Coconut oil disrupts the lipid membrane. This makes the bacteria susceptible. The Coconut oil kills the pathogens without causing harm to the host (meaning “us”), it also does not harm the health-promoting intestinal bacteria.
Where does the anti-microbial property of Coconut oil come from? It comes from the monoglycerides and free fatty acids–which are mainly lauric and capric acids–which the Coconut oil has a lot of.
The thing about Coconut oil is that it is easily absorbed and it prevents free-radical damage. It does not only prevent sickness and keep us healthy inside, it also has benefits for our skin and our hair. With all the benefits that can be gained from Coconut oil, it’s definitely worth trying. So, what do you say? Will you give this fatty acid a chance?