Why is virgin coconut oil good for you? The seemingly complex question can be answered in one word: lauric acid!
Lauric acid is the major medium chain fatty acid found in coconut oil. Once digested, this fatty acid is transformed into monolaurin, which has tremendous benefits for the body.
Why is Monolaurin Beneficial?
Lauric acid is present in the saturated fat of human breast milk. It protects an infant from infections and diseases by providing immune building properties. This monoglyceride has antiviral, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, and antimicrobial properties that can help cure various diseases. It works by destroying lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Virgin coconut oil can cure and prevent diseases because it is nature’s most abundant source of lauric acid. Its beneficial effects were proved by a study conducted by a Filipino doctor Conrado Dayrit in the year 1999 to 2000. The study was conducted at San Lazaro hospital in Manila and it examined the effect of coconut oil and monolaurin on the viral load of HIV patients. The study revealed that lauric acid lowered the viral load of HIV patients. Research done by Dr. Mary Enig Ph.D. also proves the antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil
Lauric Acid vs Antibiotics
Since its discovery, antibiotics have been the answer of modern medicine to infections and diseases. Antibiotics help to some extent but prolong use can create more health problems as antibiotic resistance becomes widespread. Overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of “superbugs" that are resistant to currently available antibiotics. The World Health Organization says that there may come a time when many infectious diseases will be almost impossible to treat. They call this the "postantibitoic era.”
Virgin coconut oil is a natural antibiotic because of its essential components like monolaurin. Consuming VCO supplies your body with a natural germ fighter that strengthens the body’s immune system and resists harmful viruses and microorganisms.