Coconut oil is a saturated fat, although it is considered healthy. How can that be? Aren’t saturated fats bad? And who would want to give themselves or their dog saturated fat as a supplement?
When we actually examine recent evidence surrounding saturated fat, there is no scientific link between saturated fat and cholesterol or heart disease. The real truth is that some saturated fats are better than others. Organic, virgin coconut oil contains a very high percentage of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are easily digested and are used efficiently by cell mitochondria, producing energy. And this fat is rarely stored in the body.
As coconut oil helps increase energy within the body, our metabolism also increases. When metabolism increases, we burn calories faster. This increased energy level also improves immune system and thyroid function. Abnormal thyroid function is shown to contribute to higher levels of bad cholesterol and decreased metabolism function. Coconut oil aids to restore normal thyroid function by promoting conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, a hormone which aids in cognitive function and energy.
As we continue to discover the many benefits of coconut oil we are also learning about the benefits for dogs. One of which is increased energy and fat loss. However before providing any supplements including coconut oil on a regular basis to your dog, check with your veterinarian for proper dosages.
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