Raena Morgan: A lot of people suffer from digestive disorders. Can coconut oil affect that?
Bruce Fife: Coconut oil is good for people who have digestive concerns, because it is digested differently from other fats. It is easier to digest. In fact, you don't even need pancreatic digestive enzymes, or bile, in order to digest the fats in coconut oil. They're digested very quickly. And in that process, there's less strain put on the body. So people who are suffering from malnutrition, for example, are given coconut oil, because it provides a quick and easy source of nutrition without taxing the enzyme systems of the body. People who have digestive concerns, can digest coconut oil easily, so they get the nutrition they're supposed to from the oil, without, you know, over taxing the body.
Morgan: how about something like irritable bowel syndrome, does it have a positive effect on something like that?
Fife: Coconut oil, as well as coconut meat and coconut flour have an excellent reputation...
Fife: ... with any type of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, colitis type problems. Um, people taking the oil or the flour report very positive responses. In fact, people with Crohn's disease, mention that taking, eating two macaroon cookies, you know, cookies made with coconut, is all that they need to stop all of their symptoms associated with it. So two cookies a day...
Morgan: ... two coconut cookies a day...
Fife: Yeah, two coconut cookies. But coconut oil also has a very similar effect so eating coconut oil in the diet can help prevent all the bad symptoms associated with these conditions.
Morgan: Because there's the cramping.
Fife: The cramping, the diarrhea, yes.
Morgan: The constipation.
Fife: The constipation as well.
Morgan: So many people suffer from IBS, you know?
Fife: Yes, and this is an easy solution. Just taking it regularly in your diet to eliminate the symptoms.
Morgan: A lot of people will be glad to hear that.
Morgan: Thank you.
Dr. Bruce Fife explains how coconut oil and even coconut flour can help the body deal with digestive issues including Chron's disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Find out why coconut oil is easier on digestion and even used in people who might be malnourished.
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