Coconut: Potent Anti-inflammatory Food, May Work Better Than Biologic Drugs
It is a well known fact that coconut has some substances in it which markedly improve or even cure psoriasis in some people as soon as after a few weeks of use (2 – 6 weeks). And it is not just psoriasis but also the other inflammatory conditions which get much better with eating but also topically applying the coconut products.
How does coconut make it so well in many other health problems?
In case of Alzheimer’s disease it is thought that fat – the MCT (medium chain triglycerides) – acts as an alternative energy source for the neurons.
But what about its positive effects on other diseases?
What about its positive effects on psoriasis?
If you read my previous blog posts you already know that I consider psoriasis to be more an Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction rather than the immune problem.
In my theory the immune system causes a lot of inflammation due to the endotoxins which leads also to low ATP production and as you may know neurons are very sensitive to ATP (energy) deficits. Low energy produced in the neurons leads to malfunction and one type of that malfunction is psoriasis (at least that’s my opinion). That’s why psoriasis often spreads symmetrically on both sides of the body.
So, maybe the coconut oil works for psoriasis exactly the same way (as an alternative energy source) as it is thought in Alzheimer’s disease.
Or is there any other mechanism which could be responsible for the improvement of psoriasis and general inflammation?
The anti-inflammatory vs. the antimicrobial effects of coconut (oil)
Is it the antimicrobial effects – especially the antifungal effects – which are very popular in natural medicine? Or is it some direct anti-inflammatory effects of coconut fat?
I am sure that it is mostly about the anti-inflammatory properties of coconut (oil) rather than the antifungal effects.
Because the anti-inflammatory effects of coconut (oil) are seen usually in less than an hour what is comparable with the potent anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
And this makes me think that coconut has to posses some anti-inflammatory properties rather than the anti-microbial effects only.
It was proved that coconut oil is able to completely abolish the response to endotoxin.
“Dietary fat influences many aspects of immune function. Escherichia coli endotoxin is a potent stimulator of interleukin 1 production from macrophages. The present study examines the effect of feeding with fat diets rich (corn oil) and poor (coconut oil) in linoleate at high and low concentrations on responses to endotoxin. Spleen phosphatidylcholine linoleate contents were higher in the corn oil than in the coconut oil group and arachidonate concentrations were highest in the group fed a high concentration of corn oil. Coconut oil completely abolished the responses to endotoxin. The inhibitory effects of coconut oil could largely be due to reduced prostaglandin and leukotriene synthesis.
And right,… the scientists think that the “inhibitory effects of coconut oil could largely be due to reduced prostaglandin and leukotriene synthesis.”
However, if it was only the coconut fat responsible for the coconut anti-inflammatory effects then the coconut water which is very low in fat wouldn’t be as helpful as it actually is.
There are some anecdotal reports of coconut water being able to reverse the symptoms of Pyroluria and induce the calming anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects.
I found also a testimonial claiming that drinking the coconut water cleared up psoriasis in one month.
But coconut water is naturally very low in fat (only trace amounts) so how is it so powerful to clear up psoriasis?
The only answer is that it is not (just about) the coconut fat.
Then I found this patent called “Use of coconut