Numerous studies have begun to reveal how coconut oil can help with Alzheimer’s disease, immune function, ulcers, weight loss and more.

The secret to Coconut oil’s benefits are the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid, it provides. Unlike most other fats, MCFAs are metabolized like a carbohydrate instead of being stored as fat. When you take coconut oil, the MCFAs are sent directly to the liver and converted into energy. The body gets an energy and metabolism boost, while some powerful beneficial compounds are created.

With over 1,500 studies to date, the findings are impressive. The ketones created when digesting coconut oil may help with Alzheimer’s disease by providing an alternate energy source to help repair the brain.

Other studies have shown the lauric acid found in coconut oil has very strong antibacterial and antiviral activity with the ability to kill pathogenic yeast, fungi, viruses and harmful bacteria including those blamed for throat and sinus infections, pneumonia and even stomach ulcers.

There also appears to be a weight loss link. Essentially, when you consume coconut oil you are giving the body fuel to burn calories. A 2003 study in the journal Obesity Research concluded MCFAs, “may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss.” The researchers found a diet rich in MCFAs resulted in greater fat loss.

There are a variety of great products available. Look for extra virgin, organic and non-gmo and avoid hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized when possible. Please stop in to Vital Choice to learn which of our many options is right for you.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.