Does Coconut Oil Clog Arteries?


[Music] even if the science isn’t there why at least not try treating Alzheimer’s with coconut oil well unlike other natural remedies like the spice saffron which was able to beat out placebo and seem to work as well as the leading drug without the side effects coconut oil is one of the rare plant sources of saturated fat normally only found in animals which tends to increase LDL a bad cholesterol the number one risk factor for a number one killer heart disease so hey I mean you want to try coconut oil and someone with Alzheimer’s for a few days to see if it makes a difference a fine god I’d try almost anything but if as expected you don’t see any improvement I’d be hesitant to keep anyone on it long term now those selling coconut oil say one needn’t worry because coconut oil contains a saturated fat that doesn’t raise cholesterol you hear the same thing from the beef people the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is always going on about how beef contains the saturated fat called stearic acid unlike those evil saturated fats palmitic myristic and lauric acid which do increase blood cholesterol levels stearic acid has been shown to have a neutral effect on blood cholesterol now see that’s true and beef does contain stearic acid but guess what it has twice as much of the palma de canned myristic which they just admit it does raise cholesterol it’s like coca-cola saying they know for a fact that so that doesn’t make you gain weight because coke contains water and water has a neutral effect on weight gain yeah but that’s not the only thing in it and the same thing with beef and the same thing with coconut oil years ago I profiled this study that found that cholesterol levels were significantly lower during a coconut oil diet but only when compared to a butter diets you know you’ve got a problem with the only way you can make your product look good is to Pera two diets rich in butter yes it made bad cholesterol go up but not as bad as butter but how much is that really saying now that was all the science we had for 10 years but for new studies have recently come out a population study in three clinical studies the population was a Filipino women and although those that ate the most coconut oil had and worst levels of bad cholesterol those that ate the most coconut were also more overweight which alone can raise your cholesterol when the fact that the you know coconut oil eaters were eating more calories were more overweight when I was kind of factored out the rise in cholesterol law statistical significance to really control four factors though you’ve gotta put it to the test the first clinical trial involved giving people two tablespoons of coconut oil a day for three months and their bad cholesterol went up but not significantly during this time though they were all forced to lose weight by being placed on a calorie restricted diet when you lose weight your LDL should drop naturally the fact that it didn’t on the coconut oil suggests an adverse effect the most encouraging study was this one an open-label meaning not blinded no control group pilot study in which two tablespoons of coconut oil a day for a month added to the regular diet did not worsen their cholesterol though when tested in a better design study you know randomized crossover trial coconut oil did is significantly worse than bad cholesterol hence Walt Willits recommendation from Harvard if you’re gonna use it use it sparingly now look if you’re eating so healthy that your LDL cholesterol is under 60 or 70 then you know may not be a problem unlike saturated animal fats coconut oil doesn’t cause that spike in inflammation immediately after consumption of animal foods which makes sense because as you’ll remember it may be the bed the dead bacterial endotoxins right in animal products ferried into the body by saturated fat that are to blame in this study for example they compared the effects of chocolate cake made out of coconut oil flaxseed oil or cod liver on the effects on inflammatory markers not much change in the inflammatory gene expression for the coconut or flax cakes but cod liver oil cake may indeed be worse [Music] you