This is because the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) are smaller, require less energy and fewer enzymes to break them down for digestion.  They are also digested and absorbed quickly and with minimal effort.

They are broken down almost immediately by enzymes in the saliva and gastric juices so that pancreatic fat-digesting enzymes are not even essential.

This is very beneficial for infants and elderly who have less enzymes to digest Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA). 

Coconut oil increases energy and endurance, making it a valuable addition to the diet of athletes and non-athletes alike.  The energy provided from the MCFA goes straight to the liver as an energy source, not requiring large amounts of energy to digest it and turn it into energy.  It can be included in simple recipes for healthy snacks that even kids love!

It promotes the absorption of calcium and magnesium, which helps the growth of strong bones and teeth and the prevention of osteoporosis.  Magnesium also helps muscles function and stay relaxed.

Coconut oil helps to relieve the gastro-intestinal symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.  Crohn's disease is characterised by diarrhea, abdominal pain, bleeding ulcers, bloody stools, anemia and weight loss.  Ulcerative colitis is a similar disease that affects the colon or lower part of the digestive tract.

 The anti-inflammatory and healing effects of coconut oil apparently play a role in soothing and healing the inflammation and injury in the digestive tract that is characteristic of Crohn's disease.  Its anti microbial properties also affect intestinal health by killing microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.

 With the digestive tract in a more soothed state, the body is more able to absorb the required nutrients to live healthily, radiently and with exuberance!

What else is possible for your body?


Scott Murray

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