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In clinical practice, results are the only thing that matter. However, without compliance, positive results are nearly impossible.
Living in the Information Age with the internet at our fingertips, anyone can become a topic expert these days. We are all bombarded with too much information — much of it conflicting.
This makes pulling the trigger on health decisions nearly impossible.
After several years of clinical practice, I began to create and belong to a trusted community in the field of Functional Nutrition. This wasn’t an easy process.
You see, I believe in supplements, but I also believe in whole foods. Science often refines and isolates nutrients beyond the whole food stage. These types of products and supplements have not yielded desirable results for my patients or me.
Yet my clinical results began to skyrocket as I sought out quality product lines I felt good about recommending to my patients.
I had to back up the bus, so to speak, and use food-based nutritional products with my patients — and then we saw the results we were hoping for.
The Connection Between Coconut Oil, Carbon, & Goats
To give you some background on the clinical benefits of coconut oil we have to start with the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) contained within the oil.
MCTs are 6 to 10 carbons long and have tremendous health benefits.
They may be used to increase metabolic rate (giving you cellular energy) and are very popular among those following the Paleo lifestyle.
MCTs metabolize in a fraction of the time of a long-chain fatty acid without accumulating in the body as fat. Instead, they are absorbed intact, taken directly to the liver, and utilized for energy. Coconut oil is the best whole foods source of MCTs.
Furthermore, coconut oil contains an abundance of caprylic acid and capric acid. The root of these words is “capra”, meaning “goat”.
These 6-, 8-, and 10-carbon fatty acids are found in abundance in goat’s milk. Likewise, 6-, 8-, and 10-carbon fatty acids are the most abundant fatty acids in most processed MCT oils. They are also found in human breast milk and have been added to infant formulas as well. (Source.)
Yet, MCTs, capric acid, and caprylic acid — and all their benefits — are not why I recommend coconut oil to my patients.
The #1 Clinical Benefit Of Coconut Oil This Doctor Couldn’t Ignore
While the ketogenic community flooded the Internet with the reported benefits of processed MCT oil, they allowed one medium-chain triglyceride to escape recognition:
Lauric acid — a 12-carbon fatty acid.
I became intrigued with lauric acid way before becoming intrigued with the household uses of coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains nearly 50% lauric acid. Lauric acid has long been touted for its powerful antimicrobial activity and has played a vital role in working with my chronically infected patients (especially in a concentrated ester form). (Source.)
Systemic yeast overgrowth, gut disturbances, and Lyme’s patients have all benefited from the use of lauric acid.
It’s not necessarily true that one fraction of coconut oil is better than another. Generally, the shorter MCTs are the thermogenic, energetic powerhouses. And the longer lauric acid is the systemic “critter-killer” that can help kill harmful viruses and bacteria in the body.
My driving desire is to keep the medicine I give my patients as close to the food as possible. So I regularly recommend WFN’s coconut oil to my patients. In my opinion, WFN coconut oil has a vital role in a healthy home.
How To Get The Benefits Of Lauric Acid?
Just start cooking with coconut oil… That’s it!
Simply exchange your current cooking oil (especially if you’re cooking with vegetable oil) for coconut oil.
If you’d like, add it to your daily smoothie. Or, simply eat it straight from the spoon.
I encourage my neuro-degenerative patients — those with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia — to rebuild their brains via a high-fat/low-carb diet. Coconut oil plays a vital role in this.
WFN Coconut Oil
These days, anyone who dives into the world of natural nutrition and health has heard about the benefits of coconut oil. Finding a company you can trust to consistently deliver a top-quality product is the challenge.
Let’s face it — grocery store shelves are lined with coconut oil. There’s high-dollar stuff out there that’s way overpriced. Then there’s the generic brand stuff — and I truly wonder if that stuff is even real coconut oil.
So, if practically every brick-and-mortar and online store sells coconut oil, how do you know what’s truly the BEST?
After 12 years of building my health community in clinical practice and consulting with hundreds of other doctors and taking countless courses and seminars, the bottom line for me is this:
Get to know the company rather than buying from some random third party or distributor.
With Wilderness Family Naturals, as well as the other companies from whom I source both foods and supplements, I’ve done my research. I went behind-the-scenes and met the owners. I saw their excitement and connected with them through shared passions.
WFN has made it easy for you to choose the right coconut oil for you. They use only non-GMO organically grown coconuts processed without the use of fertilizers, chemical solvents, or additives. WFN’s coconut oil goes through meticulous quality-control procedures and is tested and retested for impurities.
So many other companies have fractionated coconut oil into parts and pieces to produce isolated supplements.
Yet, shouldn’t we take advantage of Mother Nature’s elegant design and use the WHOLE FOOD instead? Only then can we reap the benefits of this nourishing fat.
Did you know about the benefits of lauric acid in coconut oil? How will you incorporate more coconut oil into your lifestyle?
Dr. John Pepelnjak graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with an emphasis on biochemistry and metabolism before entering Northwestern Health Sciences University to study chiropractic. It was here that functional medicine became his passion and an integral part of his practice. Dr. Pepelnjak has been in private practice for 13 years and has spent countless hours studying and collaborating with the leaders in the field of functional medicine.