August 20, 2014

New Research on Coconut Oil: Weight Loss, Hair, Lipid Profiles

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Three new studies on coconut oil were published in peer-reviewed journals in the past couple of months.

In the June 4, 2011 volume of Lipids, a study was published by the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences of West Virginia University entitled “Dietary Conjugated Linoleic Acid Induces Lipolysis in Adipose Tissue of Coconut Oil-Fed Mice but not Soy Oil-Fed Mice.” The study found that mice fed diets containing conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) are leaner than mice not fed CLA, and that the anti-obesity effect is amplified in mice fed coconut oil-containing or fat free diets, compared to soy oil diets. This confirms the historical evidence that traditional diets high in saturated fats like coconut oil are more beneficial in weight management than newer diets high in expeller-pressed polyunsaturated oil like soy oil. The study also reinforces the importance of obtaining CLA from grass-fed meats, as opposed to grain-based feed-lot meats.

The abstract is here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21643838

In the March/April 2011 Journal of Cosmetic Science, a study was published from the Bombay College of Pharmacy in Mumbai, India entitled “Hair breakage index: An alternative tool for damage assessment of human hair.” The study was conducted to determine a simple and effective tool for determining hair damage and its protection by different hair care products, the “hair breakage index” (HBI). HBI is defined as:

HBI is a measure of the diameter of hair in a given cross sectional area of a marked region of hair on the scalp. The hair diameter changes as we progress towards the tip of the hair due to breakage. The ratio of the diameter of hair bundle in the distal region to the diameter of hair bundle in the proximal region from the scalp is used as an indicator of hair breakage. Higher HBI value is an indicator of hair damage.

The study apparently looked at two groups of 30 subjects: one group with regular “grooming practices” and one group which oiled their hair daily with coconut oil. The results found significantly more hair breakage in the group that did not use coconut oil.  Abstract here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21635848

Another study was just published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition by the University of San Carlos in Cebu City in the Philippines entitled: “Coconut oil is associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women in the Philippines.” This study was similar to a study done earlier this year in Sri Lanka, another coconut producing country with high coconut oil consumption, which showed that coconut consuming cultures do not suffer negatively from heart disease, or in the case of this study, from what is considered “negative” blood cholesterol and triglyceride markers. The abstract is here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21669587

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Users Testify to Coconut Oil “Miracles” on WebMD

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WebMD is the world’s most visited “health” website. They derive their advertising from the pharmaceutical industry, so they have a pro-Pharma slant, as one can expect. It is not typically the place you would go to find information regarding alternative treatments to FDA approved pharmaceutical drugs. If you are contemplating using prescription drugs, it is a great place to get information about the medical industry’s products. If however you are looking for information on products that are not approved as drugs by the FDA, their information will be highly biased.

Due to the increasing popularity of coconut oil and its healing properties, WebMD now has a listing for coconut oil. It is listed in their vitamin and supplement section, since it is not approved as a drug, and since they generally do not provide any health information about foods.

They give the standard pro-Pharma view of coconut oil, which is that, in their view, there are no approved claims for coconut oil. They also warn people that coconut oil could raise cholesterol levels and could be harmful, even while acknowledging that research actually shows the opposite, since coconut oil traditionally lowers LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (a positive thing.) They also warn that if people eat too much coconut oil, since it is fat, that it could lead to weight gain.

Interestingly, WebMD allows users to comment on these entries, presumably in a format where patients can comment on their own experiences with the vast array of drugs listed on their website. Read what users said about the “miraculous” properties of coconut oil in relation to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, weight control, memory, mood swings, energy, dry skin, dental health, stopping seizures and more.

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Fitness junkies, take note: you need coconut oil. Coconut oil straight up, in your protein-rich meals, protein shakes, snacks, pre-workout, post-workout fuel – whatever you choose. Coconut oil can be adapted into your style of eating and seriously enhance the results of the style of fitness you’re into, be it body building, toning, endurance, or general weight and muscle management.

So why add coconut oil into your fitness routine? Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), a high-energy fuel that the body uses to prevent muscle loss, but take off body fat. Coconut oil has a lot of these MCTs. Eat it.

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Coconut oil makes fantastic homemade chocolate. With just a few extra ingredients, coconut oil will morph into an impressively smooth, rich dark chocolate that won’t require a chocolate-making class to learn.

The easiest coconut oil chocolates require no cooking and generally all the ingredients are blended together in one easy step.

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Coconut oil’s healing, antibacterial, and cleansing properties take on an entirely new personality when used topically, making it the ideal multiple-products-in-one item to add to your skincare and personal grooming regimes. Since coconut oil is gentle on the skin and not laden with chemicals and ingredients you have to watch out for (like most of the skin and beauty care products sold today), this is a safe and easy oil for anyone to use and experiment with.

Here are 4 popular ways coconut oil can be used to replace the dozens of pricey, and often ineffective, products sitting in your bathroom.

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How many different ways can you use it? Aside from enjoying it by the spoonful or eating it on pastries, here are just 10 of the countless, creative ways you can use this delicious coconut butter.

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