Sunday, October 30, 2011

Coconut oil as an aid to the immune system

Maintaining a well-balanced diet and carefully monitoring your daily food and drink intake are central to keeping a well-balanced and healthy immune system. Your immune system has to fight off scores of bacteria every day and having a low immune system means you are more likely to catch viruses and other illnesses.
Ingesting coconut oil can help your immune system in a surprising number of ways.
As we've already discussed coconut oil has great natural health benefits and works as an effective cure for a number of common illnesses including eczema, indigestion and a variety of skin diseases like age spot. However coconut oil can also aid your immune system in a number of surprising ways.
The key way coconut oil can boost your immune system is through the ingestion of saturated fats- the most beneficial of which are - medium chain triglycerides. These are the most easily digestible saturated fats as the body transports them straight to the liver where they are not used for the production of fat, so you don't have to be overly worried about increasing your cholesterol as you boost your immune system.
Medium chain triglycerides are used by your immune system to create antimicrobials - which we more commonly think of as antibodies. Antibodies are the primary defence mechanism your body has when fighting infections and viruses so having moderate amounts of saturated fats is necessary to keep your antibody production up.
The fats in coconut oil contain antimicrobial lipids which have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil contains Lauric, Caprylic and Capric acids which, when broken down, are converted into specific antibodies used to in your body’s defences against a range of diseases including herpes, influenza and other infections/diseases.
Having the right antibodies to fight specific bacteria is central to your body’s wellbeing so adding some coconut oil to your diet is an easy way to ensure you stay happy and healthy.

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