A new study has cited saturated fat as the ‘prime suspect’ in the onset of osteoarthritis.1

As we know, diet plays a huge role in helping to alleviate the symptoms of joint pain; being overweight or obese in itself can bring on the disease and aggravate symptoms. There are foods we can eat to help ease pain and those which we need to avoid.

In this latest study, researchers looked at a variety of fatty acids found in processed and simple carbohydrate diets, butter, palm oil and animal fats (meat and cheese). They found that: “a diet containing simple carbohydrates together with 20 per cent saturated fats produced osteoarthritic-like changes in the knee”.

Saturated fatty deposits can weaken cartilage which can also lead to changes in the bone. Together these factors increase significantly your chances of developing osteoarthritis. And if you have the disease already, a diet high in saturated fats and simple carbs will exacerbate your physical pain.

So What’s The Best Way Forward?

The same researchers also spent time looking at saturated fatty acid found in coconut oil. The composition of coconut oil differs to other oils; it is a medium chain fatty acid. Lauric acid (found in coconut oil), when used instead of other fatty acids, had a positive effect. Signs of cartilage deterioration improved.

It seems then that making dietary changes and reducing the intake of specific and commonly sold fatty acids – replacing long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) with medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) – helps substantially in the fight against joint pain. Replacing palm oil, butter and vegetable oils will bring positive results.

The Benefits Of Coconut Oil

The benefits of coconut oil are numerous and far reaching. To date there have been over 1500 studies that show tangible positive results.2 Virgin coconut oil is a super ingredient and can be digested and used topically to produce results.

Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MFCAs): Lauric, Caproic, Caprylic, Capric. These MCFAs digest differently to long chain fatty acids. They are made of smaller molecules, easier to absorb and are broken down in the mouth with saliva, making the whole process of digestion easier on the digestive system. Coconut oil is an antioxidant; it gives protection against the free radicals that promote oxidative stress in the human body. As such it acts as an anti-inflammatory, which is great news for osteoarthritis sufferers.

The benefits of coconut oil are numerous:

  • Easy to digest
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Smaller molecules = better absorption
  • Instant energy rather than fat storage due to easy absorption
  • Quickly turned into fuel
  • High levels of antioxidants to combat free radicals

How To Use Coconut Oil

You can use coconut oil in cooking, baking or you can add a spoonful to your smoothie and when making popcorn instead of butter.

Topically you can use coconut oil to increase blood supply to an affected area.

As with everything, coconut oil will benefit a well-balanced diet. Dr Chris Jenner, at Joint Pain Injections, explains: “Staying away from refined simple carbs, sugars and ‘junk food’ is equally as important. We don’t suggest that you slather yourself all over with coconut oil every day, nor do we suggest that you start consuming large quantities. But small dietary changes and moderation will bring healthy and positive changes physically.”

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1 http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170418/Saturated-fatty-acidsc2a0in-diet-linked-to-onset-of-osteoarthritis.aspx

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=coconut+oil