For at least five decades scientific research has recognized that medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) found in coconut oil is digested differently than other fats. This difference has had Important applications have been applied in the treatment of many digestive and metabolic health issues, and including routine use in hospitals and baby formulas.
Dr. Cohen of the Naylor Dana Institute for Disease Prevention, says that coconut oil is easy on digestion and is very absorbable. Cohen says the oil aids with disorders of lipid digestion (pancreatitis) lipid absorption (Crohn’s disease), and lipid transport (chylomicron deficiency).
How Coconut Oil Improves Digestion
The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti-microbial properties that help balance the intestinal flora and has proven to assist with the elimination of bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause digestive issues.
Candida imbalance can decrease stomach acid which causes inflammation, poor digestion, and including acid reflux.
Coconuts have anti-bacterial compunds, like lauric acid and caprylic acid. Both acids help to break down yeast walls and support liver function.
Coconut oil can also benefit digestive health by preventing stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis.
Coconut oil’s antimicrobial properties are activated once the fats are converted into monoglycerides and free fatty acids in the digestive tract. Eating coconut oil as well as the whole tree nut in itself, can help with improved digestion and nutrient absorption.