Can Virgin Coconut Oil Reduce Inflammatory Arthritis Better than Meds?
The scientific world has made a discovery that will be immensely welcome to scores of arthritis sufferers – virgin coconut oil may relieve the inflammation associated with the condition more effectively than medications. This was the finding after researchers in India took out the unique antioxidants contained in the oil and injected them into arthritic rats.
Because arthritis drugs have serious adverse reactions and they fail to reduce the inflammation of arthritis adequately, the authors undertook the study to ascertain the effects of coconut oil on the disease. When the action of the oil’s antioxidants were compared with the action of Indomethacin, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug commonly prescribed for arthritis, the oil proved more beneficial.
Live in the Now spoke with nutritional expert and author Dr. Mark Mincolla, as seen on Dr. Oz, about the study. “This information regarding coconut oil’s powerful anti-inflammatory effect is of vital importance to us all,” he says, “especially when you consider that arthritis encompasses over 120 illnesses and inflammation is now believed to be biochemically responsible for 72 percent of all disease.”
The latest findings add to those from earlier studies involving virgin coconut oil that show it may be useful in preventing and alleviating an impressive list of health disorders. Much of its benefits are derived from its content of medium-chain fatty acids like lauric acid.
What Is the Secret Behind Coconut Oil’s Benefit for Arthritis?
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Arthritis Cure, evidence is mounting that arthritis is caused mainly as a consequence of incurring an infection. Yet antibiotics have no effect on infections in joints because the structures are encased in a tough membrane that prevents the passage of blood into them. Therefore, even when a person takes an antibiotic to get rid of a systemic infection, the bacteria can remain hidden in the joints. Furthermore, since antibiotics only work against bacteria, they don’t have any effect on infections caused by viruses or fungi. So since antibiotics can’t help, what can?
The infection problem is why coconut oil is so valuable. Its medium-chain fatty acids are potent antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents. Fife advocates taking 2 to 4 tablespoons of the oil daily to eliminate chronic infections from the body.
Not All Coconut Oils Have the Same Amount of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are not present in equal amounts within coconut oils on the market. The quantity depends on how the oils are processed and how close they are to their natural, unrefined state. Opt for virgin oils over the refined ones because they have more health benefits. Among the virgin oils, look for those manufactured using the wet-milling method that uses heat, instead of those that have been cold-pressed. While the cold-pressed mode of processing is an advantage for olive oil, the antioxidants are more abundant in coconut oil that has been processed with heat.
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Article updated on: June 18th, 2014