Metabolism problems run hand and hand with fibromyalgia…so much so, that Dr. John Lowe (Director of Research at the Fibromyalgia Research Foundation) went so far as to say that he believed fibromyalgia was a hidden hypothyroid problem…see more at:
The one product on the market that is recommended as exceptionally good for metabolism and thyroid health is coconut oil.
In the past, coconut oil was mistakenly believed to be an unhealthy oil because of its high saturated fat content. We now have come to understand that coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils we can possibly add to our diet.
So what is it that makes coconut oil so good, and how can it benefit those of us who have fibromyalgia?
Besides the fact that many people report that adding 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to their daily diet gives them more energy and helps relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and arthritis, there are so many proven benefits of coconut oil.
Any food or supplement that has a positive impact on your health is definitely going to help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms also.
So what makes coconut different from all other oils, especially other saturated fats?
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid…this means that their fatty acid chains are chemically shorter than the long-chain fatty acids found in meats and dairy products.
The great thing about medium-chain fatty acids is that they go a different metabolic route when you eat them. Rather than sitting there in your stomach awaiting the trip to your waistline, and hips; these medium-chain fatty acids are sent directly to the liver, to be quickly digested as a powerful source of energy. This is the reason so many people with fibromyalgia have discovered coconut oil to be responsible for increased energy levels.
We get the most of our fats and oils in our diets from animal and plant sources, some are saturated and some are unsaturated. These fats are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). At least 98% of the fatty acids in our diets are the long-chain fatty acids.
The size of the fatty acids is important (long versus medium) because our bodies will metabolize each fatty acid that we consume differently, depending on its size.
Coconut oil is made up of mostly medium-chain fatty acids. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have a very good effect on cholesterol and helps to protect against heart disease.
Coconut oil and palm kernel oil (not to be confused with palm oil) are the two best sources of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA).
Virgin coconut oil is nature’s richest source of lauric acid (about 50%), and lauric acid provides the building blocks for a powerful antimicrobial called monolaurin. Monolaurin has been proven to kill virus, bacteria, fungi and parasitic protozoa in lab studies.
Modern medical science is now actually confirming that coconut oil is useful in treating many conditions. Medical journals show published studies that confirm that coconut, in one form or another, may be used to provide a wide range of health benefits.
it is so easy to add coconut oil to your diet. you can use it in stir frying, baking or on toast…it is delicious and can be used with high heat without oxidation concerns.