Contrary to popular belief coconut oil is an ideal option for endometriosis sufferers. The benefits of coconut oil are extensive, consequently justifying its reputation as one of the healthiest oils. Coconut oil has the ability to boost the immune system, as well as soothe and repair digestive disorders. It is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Unfortunately there is a widespread misconception that coconut oil is bad for you because it contains saturated fat. Fats are categorised as short, medium, or long-chain molecules depending on how many carbon molecules they contain. Coconut oil’s saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) variety. These MCFAs are digested more easily and utilised differently by the body than other fats. Whereas other fats are stored in the body’s cells, the MCFAs in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. So when you eat coconut oil, the body uses it immediately to make energy rather than store it as body fat. Because this quick and easy absorption puts less strain on the pancreas, liver and digestive system, coconut oil “heats up” the metabolic system and is an excellent support for the whole process of elimination and detox.
It is critical to choose only quality coconut oils. There is both a very wide variety of coconuts, and varying manufacturing processes. Most commercial coconut oils are RBD (refined, bleached, and deodorised). RBD oils do contain the medium chain fatty acids; however they also contain chemicals used in processing. To truly reap the health benefits coconut oil can provide you need to purchase cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil – the same as you would for olive oil.
For women with Endometriosis, this oil can be incorporated into your diet in many ways – as cooking oil, added to salads in a dressing, as a spread in place of butter, or added to your baking.