Can coconut oil be used as a natural antibiotic?

Can coconut oil be used as a natural antibiotic?
March 25, 2015 Cristina Hernandez
Coconut oil natural antibiotic

Coconut oil, specifically extra-virgin organic cold-processed cold-pressed coconut oil is being recommended as the ultimate healer. For years, the medical community was sceptical about the effect of saturated fats on health, but it has since been researched and proved that the natural saturated fat content of coconut oil is not only good, but also responsible for its superpowers.

How is coconut oil’s saturated fat beneficial?

While coconut oil has been considered healthy by several communities across the world for centuries, today, it is actively being recognised for achieving the following health benefits:

  • Improves heart health
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Boosts the metabolism
  • Promotes hair and skin health
  • Helps thyroid function
  • Treats Alzheimer’s disease and Diabetes
  • Relieves chronic fatigue

It seems hard to believe that saturated fat can bring so many benefits. The truth is, coconut oil has a unique ingredient unlike other oils with saturated fats and this makes it a natural antibiotic.

What gives coconut oil its antibiotic properties?

Extra virgin organic coconut oil has a special ingredient called lauric acid in its fat. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin and this gives it its antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Monolaurin is classified as a monoglyceride which has the ability to eliminate viruses coated with fat. Some examples of these viruses are HIV, herpes, different strains of disease-causing bacteria, the ‘flu virus and measles. As a potent virus and bacteria killer, coconut oil is known to contain the maximum percentage of lauric acid. Another fatty acid called capric acid is also found in coconut oil and this has antimicrobial characteristics.

Lauric acid and capric acid are the main reasons why coconut oil is so highly endorsed for both internal consumption as well as external use. Since we do not have major sources of lauric acid, coconut oil fulfils that deficit.

Medium chain fatty acids are responsible for extra-virgin organic coconut oil’s health benefits. All other oils contain long chain fatty acids that are hard to digest and break down, putting the pressure on the digestive system as well as the pancreas and liver. Also, these are stored by the body as fat and raise cholesterol.

In contrast, medium chain fatty acids break down easily and directly go to the liver where they are metabolised into energy right away. This strengthens the immune system, promotes weight loss and overall health.

Try Jeeva’s for extra-virgin organic coconut oil to experience the magic of coconut oil on your health!

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