And Its Miracle Benefits
High quality raw coconut oil is a unique kind of healthy saturated fat because it boasts a spectrum of nine different fatty acidsthe majority being medium chain fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Some of these MCTs, such as lauric acid, have the very special status of being fats with beneficial and medicinal values, which means MCT-Oil itself is an especially healing liquid.
Lauric acid fights Candida and more
Dr. Jon Kabara, Professor for Pharmacology and Biochemistry at the University of Detroit and Michigan State University, did a wonderful thing when he discovered lauric acid.
This unique 12-carbon MCT, found in coconut oil, proved to be a most effective, safe and natural antifungal.
More than 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconuts are made up of lauric acid. Once ingested, lauric acid is converted into another form called monolaurin, which has additional health benefits is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal. The human body can use this substance to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, influenza, and various pathogenic bacteria including the helicobacter pylori that causes stomach ulcers.
In fact, it was the discovery of lauric acid that led to the development of the drug-like natural antibiotic product Lauricidin, an effective treatment for Candida albicans, which is a systemic yeast infection both women and men can suffer with. This treatment is available in health food stores.
MCT-Oil burns fat to lose weight
The MCTs in coconut oil can help you lose fat, provided you know how to use it.
Two MTCs that are especially helpful include capric C10 acid and caprylic C8 acid.
Together, in a ratio of 60/40, these are invaluable, safe and natural aids in weight control. Alpha Health Products has made this exclusive MCT-Oil formula available in Canada. Eating too much and exercising too little are the main reasons for upsetting the energy balance, including fat storage, in the body. Coconut oil and MCT-Oil helps you to stop eating too much by satisfying the body's need for good fat and nutrients.
Still, exercising is something that you have to do yourself. In addition, MCTs are a burning fat, not a storing fat. When they are metabolized in the body they even bring some of the stored fat we have with them. Yes, it's true. Eating fat can help you lose fat, when it's MCTs, because they stimulate what's called "thermo genesis," which is the process in which the body generates energy (or heat) by increasing its normal, metabolic, fat-burning rate.
On the other hand, diets high in carbohydrates may cause rapid increase in insulin production, resulting in substantial weight gain, diabetes and other health problems. When the body has too much glucose (from carbohydrates) it stores that excess energy as fat. Another main reason MCTs are helpful is because they help preserve muscle mass during fat loss, especially in times of low carbohydrate dieting. One study looked at obese women on a very low-calorie diet and found that when they used MCTs instead of regular dietary fat, they lost less muscle and more body fat. The key isn't just adding MCTs to a diet; it's using them instead of other fats. Simply make your own salad dressing with lemon and MCT-Oil, flavoured with herbal salt. Or use two tablespoons of MCT-Oil in your smoothie, cutting back on all sweeteners except fruit. Use your imagination and substitute many other fats with MCT-Oil. It can also be used for hot and cold dishes like Olive oil, but should not be used for frying. MCT-Oil, like any other oil taken for any medicinal reasons, should be introduced slowly into the diet. Until the body adjusts to its use, you may experience loose stool or even stomach cramps for a day or two.
MCT-Oil for Endurance
The sports nutrition field has been quick to realize the value in substituting MCT-Oil for other dietary fats and oils. It has quickly become a favourite, instant fuel and energy source for many athletes, including marathon runners and others who participate in endurance sports. For those athletes who find it difficult to consume sufficient total energy, consumption of 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 grams) of MCT-Oil may prove to be beneficial. MCT-Oil is burned differently than other fats, so taking this small amount is a good way to ensure that athletes can meet their needs. Consult your physical trainer or other natural health professional for specific guidance. Where does one find such safe and seemingly miraculous oil? MCT-Oil is now available in many health food stores, and because it is saturated, it is stable and has a long shelf life.
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