What is a Medium-chain fatty acid?
There are two methods of classifying fatty acids in the scientific world. The general understanding of fats in food are categorized at trans fat (man-made and really bad for you), saturated, monosaturated, and polysaturated fats. However, when fat molecules are also categorized as short, medium and long-chain fatty acids.
Good-quality saturated fats were once thought to be bad for you and cause cholesterol, however, after many studies, scientists found out that was not quite true. Further, most of the fats we consume from natural animal and plant sources are long-chain fatty acids. All, when consumed in moderation, are good for you.
With medium-chain fatty acids, our bodies break down and metabolize them differently. They are known to help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol. Only coconut oil and palm kernel oil are known to have these medium-chain fatty acids.
You can read more information here about medium-chain fatty acids.
Good quality coconut oil can have great benefits.
Given its molecular make-up, coconut oil has been known to provide nutritional benefits to those who consume it. Food is medicine that can prevent more serious health problems and can naturally cure mental, emotional and physical health issues.
Coconut oil contains:
- Anti-viral properties
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Anti-fungal properties
- Properties to help end yeast infections
- Moisturizers to soften your skin
- Anti-aging properties
- Properties to help treats skin infections and other eczema-related conditions
- Digestive enzymes to promote good digestion.
- Fatty acid chains to enhance your immune system
- Healing properties to help your body absorb calcium.
- Facilitates the absorption of other minerals, as well as magnesium.
- Fatty acid chains to help your body regulate its blood sugar.
- Lauric acid which assists in the natural regulation of cholesterol.
- Properties that help you regulate your thyroid.
- Properties to help regulate high blood pressure.
- Properties to help reduce protein loss in your hair.
- All these properties to improve autism, ADHD and asthma
Is it really true that coconut oil is good for you?
Well, the information is there for you to decide. Here is one study about the regulation of intestinal health when palmitic acids (coconut and palm oils) are used.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, 92% in fact, however, it is not a transfat, which is dangerous to anyone’s health. These are fats which are not stored, but converted into energy. The benefits of coconut oil consumption far outweigh reasons to not consume it at all, but don’t take my word for it! Research it for yourself. You can read some more of the benefits of coconut oil, as well as the arguments against high consumption of coconut oil here.
Our family continues to use cold-pressed, organic coconut oil, because of its many health benefits. We have seen it benefit our digestion, cure yeast infections, and heal our eczema, to name only a few benefits.
What do you think?