Will coconut oil ever have the scientific proof that it works?
I read this article recently and was thrilled with the great plug for coconut oil, its qualities and benefits.
Coconut oil, a solid at room temperature, is composed of 92 percent saturated fat. That seems pretty high compared to other sources of saturated fat in our diet: soybean oils (15 percent saturated fat), beef (50 percent sat fat), and butter (63 percent saturated fat). Though coconut oil is very high in saturated fat, the majority of the fatty acids are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). This explains why compared to other saturated fat sources composed mostly of long chain triglycerides (LCTs), coconut oil may not carry the negative health risks that saturated fat is known for (heart disease and high cholesterol).
MCTs are metabolized differently in the body: They are transported directly from the intestines to the liver, with a greater chance to be burned directly as fuel. This differs from LCTs that have a higher chance of circulating throughout the body and being deposited in fatty tissues. However, it is still questionable whether that means coconut oil can do all of the following:
- Cause weight loss
- Cure Alzheimer’s
- Reduce diabetes/regulate blood sugar
- Increase bone and dental health by improving calcium absorption
- Fight inflammation and free radicals with its ferulic and p-coumaric acid components
- Decrease risk of heart disease
- Fight infections due to the lauric acid content
However the writer made a comment about there being no concrete scientific evidence to prove that coconut oil can really provide any benefits other than an alternative to butter.
It’s funny how we of the western world seem to need and even rely on the comfort of scientific proof that something works or is good or is right. The fact is that many people have proven that coconut oil works and is good and is right for many uses – it’s just that they are not scientists.
The testimonies of people that I have read about was enough for me to give it a go. Due to my past experiences with mainstream medicine I lost faith in doctors and scientific proof of what worked and didn’t work. So many times I was left as lost by the end of a doctors appointment as when I had walked in.
There are many organisations out there that would have the money for testing although for whatever reason choose not to or are unable. But is it essential when so many people are experiencing dramatic results by using coconut oil.
I recently had my daughter at a specialist attempting to wade through the process of testing her for Colieac disease. After the suggestion that she would have to go back on to gluten (3 slices of bread for every meal) for 4 weeks in order to have further testing, I asked the doctor what happens if in a week her symptoms have returned and out of control. Her response to me was that the symptoms would speak louder than the laboratory test, so we will treat the symptoms.
It’s been the same for me through most of my years as no one particular doctor or for that matter health practitioner could give me a clear answer or offer any testing to determine a diagnosis. Oh how I wanted a diagnosis, something on paper to say this is what I have and this is what I will do to treat it. So I muffled my way through different treatments until I found what worked. Yes I was the guinea pig, yes it took me most of my life but now I have found answers and none of them are necessarily scientifically proven but I know they work.
Coconut Oil: A Tropical Disease-Fighting Super-Oil?
In my opinion I think yes. I not only think but know that coconut oil has treated many of my symptoms and I can testify to the results. However the benefits of coconut oil may never be proven scientifically but I’m happy to live with that.
So the point of the article is:
Don’t poo poo something or give up on it just because it doesn’t come with scientific proof.
Read forums, google information and find testimonies on the treatment you’re looking for.
Talk to other people who have used the treatment that you are considering.
Coconut oil may not be for everyone. If there is one thing I believe in firmly is that not all things work for all people and while coconut oil may work for me in one area it may not work for someone else. For me, however coconut oil has been like a miracle purely because it has been a solution for so many ailments that I have suffered with.
Have you tried any treatments lately that carry no scientific evidence or proof? Make sure to leave a comment below.
If you’re considering coconut oil for any purpose check out my other articles and read some testimonies – there’s plenty out there.