September 18, 2014

Virgin Coconut Oil Supplementation Prevents Bone Loss in Osteoporosis Rat Model

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This study took a look at the effects of the antioxidants in coconut oil in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Since oxidative stress and free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis, the antioxidants found in virgin coconut oil are effective in maintaining bone structure and preventing bone loss in estrogen-deficient rat model.

Another study published in early 2014 looked at how the unique antioxidants extracted from wet-milled virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation associated with arthritis more effectively than current pharmaceutical drugs. (See: Study: Antioxidants Present in Virgin Coconut Oil Inhibit Inflammation Associated with Arthritis)

Virgin Coconut Oil Supplementation Prevents Bone Loss in Osteoporosis Rat Model

Evidence Based Complement Alternative Medince. 2012;
Zil Hayatullina, Norliza Muhammad, Norazlina Mohamed, and Ima-Nirwana Soelaiman

Abstract

Oxidative stress and free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis. Therefore, antioxidant compounds have the potential to be used in the prevention and treatment of the disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of virgin coconut oil (VCO) on bone microarchitecture in a postmenopausal osteoporosis rat model. VCO is a different form of coconut oil as it is rich with antioxidants. Three-month-old female rats were randomly grouped into baseline, sham-operated, ovariectomized control (Ovx), and ovariectomized rats fed with 8% VCO in their diet for six weeks (Ovx+VCO). Bone histomorphometry of the right femora was carried out at the end of the study. Rats supplemented with VCO had a significantly greater bone volume and trabecular number while trabecular separation was lower than the Ovx group. In conclusion, VCO was effective in maintaining bone structure and preventing bone loss in estrogen-deficient rat model.

Read the Full Study Here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3457741/

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