Coconut Oil: Antiviral
Coconut is a fairly unique food in this world, being one of the only sources in nature of medium chain triglycerides. Apart from coconut oil, mother’s milk, palm kernel oil, and goat milk are really the only other food sources of these beneficial fatty acids. Palm kernel oil is hard to find and not the same thing as palm oil, though there is a small amount of medium chain triglycerides in palm oil. Coconut oil really is the easiest place for adults to find medium chain triglycerides.
Unlike most fats that are long chains that must be broken down in the intestines to be digested, medium and short chain fatty acids can be absorbed intact, without bile salts, and sent directly to the liver for energy production. This isn’t the only unique feature of these shorted fatty acid chains. Medium chain triglycerides far less likely to be stored as fat, they boost energy levels, and they’re also naturally antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. The antiviral properties of coconut oil are being studied greatly at the moment. It may not cure many illnesses, but it seems to lessen the viral load many infected have to carry.
Two of the most potent medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil are lauric acid and capric acid. These attack and kill viruses with lipid (fat) coatings. Viruses with such a structure include herpes, measles, HIV, hepatitis C, influenza, and mononucleosis. Many of these diseases are sexually transmitted and devastate the infected for the rest of their lives with terrible symptoms. Coconut oil is showing amazing promise at reducing symptoms.
How does it work? Lauric acid and capric acid are metabolized into the monoglycerides monolaurin and monocaprin. These are short enough to be considered useful by the viruses’ coating, but too large to actually be of any benefit. They attach to and then dissolve this protective coating, essentially spilling their insides out and killing the viruses. This works against many harmful bacteria and fungi as well while being harmless to human cells.
Don’t rely on coconut oil alone when you contract an illness. You should seek the advice of a health care professional. But remember that coconut oil may very well reduce the symptoms and lighten the viral load you have to carry. And if you aren’t sick, there are still hundreds of uses for coconut oil. Make sure you check out our favorites.
About Charlie Pulsipher
Charlie Pulsipher is a health and fitness enthusiast, writer, author, and neighborhood do-gooder. He shifted his education from Biochemistry to English Literature in an attempt to avoid math, but never stopped loving the natural world of the miniscule. He has published several fantasy and science fiction novels and helped others publish more down to earth books about natural foods. He can’t stop writing. He is probably happily tapping away on some keyboard even now.