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Post by ella on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:35 am

Coconut oil is a well known oil used in food and cooking, but not so commonly known is the great health benefits it has for both you and your dogs.

The technical stuff.....

The coconut possesses a wide variety of health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, but it is the oil that makes it a remarkable source of food and medicine. It has definitely earned its reputation as the healthiest oil in the world despite the fact that its high saturated fat content was once falsely claimed to be unhealthy.

What makes coconut oil different?

Oils and fats are composed of molecules known as fatty acids. They are classified either according to saturation or based on molecular length and size of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats are an example of the first class.

The second classification is based on molecular size or length of the fatty acid's carbon chain. Long chains of carbon atoms consist of each fatty acid with an attached hydrogen atom. There are short chain fatty acids known as SCFA, medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) such as coconut oil and long chain fatty acids (LCFA). Whether unsaturated or saturated, the majority of fats and oils in our diet are composed of long chain fatty acids. In fact, a majority of the fatty acids commonly consumed are LCFA.

Coconut oil is predominantly medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) and the effects of the MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from the LCFA found in other foods. In fact, the saturated and unsaturated fat in milk, eggs, meat and even in plants and most vegetable oils are made of LCFA. Why is this relevant? It is important because our bodies respond and metabolize each fatty acid differently. It is the MCFA found in coconut oil that makes it special because these fatty acids do not have a negative effect on cholesterol. In fact, they are known to lower the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. There are only few dietary sources of MCFA, and one of the best sources by far is coconut oil.

The liver and gall bladder do not need to digest and emulsify MCFA, resulting in instant energy, increased metabolic rate and subsequently more heat production as well as increased circulation. Anyone with an impaired fat digestion or removed gallbladder will benefit from coconut oil as this oil is easily digested.

So some health benefits:

Skin Conditions
Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

Digestion
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health
Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Helps reduce weight, increases energy
Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

Be aware not all coconut oils are the same like with most things, to get the maximum out of it, buy cold pressed virgin/extra virgin organic oil.

doses vary but I PERSONALLY give a heaping teaspoon every day/other day. If you find it makes their stool a bit loose start with a small amount slowly building it up until your required amount.

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Re: coconut oil

Post by Caryll on Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:52 am

That's very informative, thank you!

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Re: coconut oil

Post by Eleanor on Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:55 pm

Thanks Ella! happy Really good read!
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Post by Shisa on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:01 pm

I can get my hands on some coconut oil but it's not cold pressed virgin/extra virgin organic oil.
Should I get it or is it a waste of money?
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Post by Caryll on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:31 pm

I'd pm Ella and ask her - I know she always says it should be extra virgin/organic, but I don't know how much difference it makes!

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Re: coconut oil

Post by Shisa on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:35 pm

The stuff is so scarce over here. I'll send her a pm, thanks.
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:37 pm

This is really useful information.

I am going to try this with Oreo.

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Post by Caryll on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:38 pm

It really is brilliant stuff. It virtually stops Dempsey's sore paws - he seems to be allergic to grass sap!

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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:44 pm

Caryll wrote:It really is brilliant stuff. It virtually stops Dempsey's sore paws - he seems to be allergic to grass sap!

Do you mix it with the food daily or is it a twice weekly thing?
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:49 pm

Sorry just read the original post again, answered my question there happy
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Post by ella on Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:31 pm

Shisa wrote:I can get my hands on some coconut oil but it's not cold pressed virgin/extra virgin organic oil.
Should I get it or is it a waste of money?

I would if it doesn't cost a fortune! I know it's not the cheapest thing in the world, and it will have benefits but like I said to get the most out of it cold pressed etc is the best, so yes worth a try and see how you go!

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Post by Eleanor on Sat Dec 06, 2014 9:23 pm

Re: the amounts, we started Demps off with a quarter teaspoon of it, as we wanted to build up the amount slowly to avoid giving him a bad stomach. That proved to be too much for his stomach to digest anyway, so we reduced the amount to a small smear on a finger. Then veeeeeeeery gradually built it up! laughing

Depends on the dog, as Demps has a very sensitive tummy.
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Post by Deactivated Upon Request on Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:53 pm

I've just been reading about coconut oil online.

Just ordered a small jar and will try Oreo on it to see if it helps with her itching. I might even try it myself as it appears the benifits to humans are good too!

We shall see how it goes.
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Post by Eleanor on Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:17 pm

It's incredible stuff! happy
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Post by Shisa on Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:37 am

I bought 3 containers yesterday and started the Brats on it.
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Post by tracyp on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:28 pm

I give mine full coconuts as a ball (toy) & they eat the husk, drink the milk (once they crack it) & eat the shell & flesh.

I probably shouldn't have said that as last time I did someone brought one coconut & had 2 dogs fighting over it.

But that is a very interesting article.
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