The Importance of Virgin Coconut Oil
Refined v. Virgin Coconut Oil:
Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation: The high polyphenol content of virgin coconut oil makes it more effective in reducing LDL cholesterol and other lipid parameters and increasing HDL cholesterol than refined coconut oil.
Virgin coconut oil emerging functional food oil: Discussion of the critical differences between virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oil.
Beneficial effects of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) on Weight Management:
Bioactive lipids in metabolic syndrome: Scientific literature review on dietary fats and oils that help with decreasing metabolic disorders such as abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension and insulin sensitivity that increase risk of cardiovascular disease. Omega 3s (like those found in flaxseed and cod liver oils), plant sterols (such as those naturally occurring in hi-oleic sunflower oil), and medium chain fatty acids (like those found in virgin coconut oil) help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coconut In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century: Review of the coconut oil as a functional food due its lauric and capric acid content and its potential health benefits.
Effects of Dietary Coconut Oil on the Biochemical and Anthropometric Profiles of Women Presenting Abdominal Obesity: Compared to soybean oil, coconut oil is more effective for reducing abdominal obesity and lowering risk of cardiovascular disease when deficiencies in mono- and polyunsaturated fats are absent.
Greater rise in fat oxidation with medium-chain triglyceride consumption relative to long-chain triglyceride is associated with lower initial body weight: Substituting dietary long chain triglycerides (e.g., soybean oil, safflower oil, canola oil) for medium chain triglycerides can help prevent weight gain and in some cases help reduce excess weight.
Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil Consumption as Part of a Weight Loss Diet Does Not Lead to an Adverse Metabolic Profile When Compared to Olive Oil: Long-term consumption of saturated fats in moderation, specifically in the form of medium chain triglyceride, does not have adverse effects on cardiovascular disease risk factors.
Medium- versus long-chain triglycerides for 27 days increases fat oxidation and energy expenditure without resulting in changes in body composition in women: Ingesting medium chain triglycerides may promote long term weight maintenance in obese women.
Medium-chain fatty acids Functional lipids for the prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome: Scientific literature review concludes 1) experimental studies demonstrate dietary medium chain fatty acids (found in virgin coconut oil) suppress fat deposition through enhanced thermogenesis and fat oxidation in both humans and animals, 2) MCFAs/MCTs appear to offer benefits for stabilizing insulin with type 2 diabetes in humans, and 3) the therapeutic potential of MCFAs/MCTs against metabolic syndrome and obesity is promising.
Medium-chain triglycerides: Scientific literature review investigating the potential of medium chain triglycerides and medium chain fatty acids (found in virgin coconut oil) for increasing thermogenesis, decreasing body fat, reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, stabilizing insulin levels for people with diabetes type 2, reversing intestinal inflammation, and protecting the liver from hepatotoxicity
Physiological Effects of Medium-Chain Triglycerides Potential Agents in the Prevention of Obesity: Scientific literature review on the effects of medium chain triglycerides on reducing weight and suppressing appetite.
Review MCFA Metabolism and Energy Expenditure Obesity Treatment Implications: Medium chain fatty acids (found in virgin coconut oil), versus long chain fatty acids (found in soybean, safflower, canola oils) have potential as weight loss agents because MCFAs are absorbed more efficiently than LCFAs: MCFAs are transported in the portal blood directly to the liver, unlike LCFA which are incorporated into chylomicrons and transported through the lymphatic system. These structure-based differences continue through the processes of fat utilization; MCFAs enter the mitochondria independently of the carnitine transport system and undergo preferential oxidation.
Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil: Consumption of medium chain triglycerides as part of a weight-loss plan improves weight loss compared with olive oil and can thus be successfully included in a weight-loss diet.
Potential Beneficial Effects of VCO and MCTs on Digestive Disorders:
Dietary medium-chain triglycerides prevent chemically induced experimental colitis in rats: Medium chain triglycerides show promise for nutritional therapy of inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn’s disease and colitis) as an anti-inflammatory nutrient in the colon.
Enteral diets enriched with medium-chain triglycerides and N-3 fatty acids prevent chemically induced experimental colitis in rats: Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and Omega 3s (found in flaxseed and cod liver oils) could be effective nutritional therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn’s Disease, Colitis) due to this blend’s anti-inflammatory effects. The positive effects of Omega 3s are greater when combined with MCTs over Omega 3s administered alone.
Partial Replacement of Dietary (n-6) Fatty Acids with Medium-Chain Triglycerides Decreases the Incidence of Spontaneous Colitis in Interleukin-10-Deficient Mice: Partially replacing dietary sources of Omega 6s (found in abundance in soybean, safflower, and canola oils) with medium chain triglycerides shows therapeutic potential for reversing Crohn’s disease.
Protective Effects of Medium-Chain Triglycerides on the Liver and Gut in Rats Administered Endotoxin: In addition to dietary medium chain triglycerides preventing alcohol-induced liver injury, they may also prevent liver injury, gut permeability, and gut injury when in a state of endotoxemia.