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LifeSpa Unrefined Coconut Oil 16oz

LifeSpa Unrefined Coconut Oil 16oz
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The taste of this 100% organic virgin Coconut Oil is as pleasing as its fresh coconut fragrance and pure, white appearance. The oil is cold-pressed from non-GMO, freshly harvested coconuts so that the coconut meat has no time to ferment. The oil is free of bleaching agents, deodorizing agents, artificial flavors, or any other chemicals. Tiny, harmless brown specks of coconut fiber may be present because the oil is unrefined. Approximately 50% of this coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs)—fatty acids also found in mother’s milk.

Directions: Consume one tablespoon per day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Jar Contains: 16 fluid ounces
Ingredients: 100 % organic virgin coconut oil.
Contains: Tree nuts (coconut).

The Science
For many decades, coconut oil, a saturated fat, was “out of flavor” with nutritionists who accepted, as fact, the negative outcomes of studies that examined the effects of the oil’s hydrogenated form. Coconut oil, in its natural form, is now touted as one of the healthiest oils on earth.*

Coconut oil is roughly 96% saturated fat by weight. Approximately 50% of the oil’s weight consists of immunesupportive medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) which are also found in mother’s milk. Coconut oil contains fat chains known as “medium chain fatty acids (MUFAs)” or “medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).” These fatty acids put very little strain on the digestive system, are easily absorbed, permeate the mitochondria without the aid of enzymes, and provide nourishment and a quick energy source without impacting insulin levels. Unlike other dietary fats, MCTs are not stored as body fat to any significant degree. The liver metabolizes the MCTs into ketones, which can then be used to feed brain cells if they are deprived of glucose, as is the case with insulin resistance. Oral consumption of MCTs has been shown to improve cognition in older individuals.*

Lauric acid accounts for approximately 50% of the fatty acid content of coconut. The human body converts the MUFAs into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that is capable of dissolving the lipid-containing envelope surrounding certain microbes. Free lauric acid may support microbial balance.*

References
1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15329324
2. Enig, MG. Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol, Bethesda Press, Silver Spring, MD (2000).
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19469285
4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18582445
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15123336
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