Coconut oil and the benefits of its medium chain fatty acids

There are many coconut oil products for the skin and hair that support the natural chemical balance of the skin. So, why is coconut oil now seen as a new all round health food as well?

It’s all to do with the fatty acids in the coconut flesh. The majority of fatty acids that we consume via our food are long chain fatty acids. The fatty acids found in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acids and coconut oil is one of the best sources for medium chain fatty acids.

Our bodies utilise each fatty acid in a different way depending on its size. Medium chain fatty acids have a very positive effect on the body. Some of the benefits of medium chain fatty acids include,

  • A negative effect on cholesterol.
  • Protection against heart disease.
  • Better absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • An improved digestion.
  • A lowering of body fat.

Medium chain fatty acids, which are found in coconut oil, are also used in the treatment of diarrhoea, Celiac disease, Liver disease and Alzheimer’s disease. See Daily Mail article on Coconut Oil benefits and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to these benefits, coconut oil is also a nutritional source of energy.

So take a fresh look at the humble coconut. It’s overflowing with potential health benefits.

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Warning:- The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition. Should you have any medical condition, always consult your doctor, before undertaking any change in exercise or dietary advice.

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  1. Coconut oil is also nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. 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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