Omega Acids: Is Coconut Oil a great source of them?
Many people seem to think coconut oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. The answer is that coconut oil doesn’t contain any omega-3 fatty acids. While it contains a small amount of omega-6 (1.8 % of the total fat), coconut oil is neither an omega-3 or omega-6 fat. Coconut oil’s unique health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).
Most of us on a modern Western diet are consuming too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. Coconut oil is known to help reduce inflammation tendency of the excess dietary omega-6 fats.
When taken along with omega-3 fats, coconut oil has an amazing ability to produce synergistic effect to support the activity of desirable HDL-cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol).
So, although not an omega-3 or omega-6 fat, virgin coconut oil helps counteract the negative tendency of too much omega-6 fats, while boosting the positive effects of omega-3 fats.