Coconut Oil and Thyroid Disease:
Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) is epidemic in the US.
Hypothyroidism is a common cause of estrogen imbalance, fertility problems and miscarriage, inability to process cholesterol, poor circulation, depression, constipation and obesity - just to name a few.
But why take a prescription medication which will treat the symptoms but never correct the underlying problem, when you can
enjoy pure virgin coconut oil (often referred to as VCO) as part of a natural cure for hypothyroidism!
"How does coconut oil help?"
The modern American diet is loaded with poly-unsaturated oils.
Poly-unsaturated fats like those found in soybean oil (one of the most frequently used oils in commercial food preparation - commonly labelled “vegetable oil”) block thyroid hormone secretion as well as our tissues’ responses to the hormones once they are in the bloodstream.
Poly-unsaturated oils are used in livestock feed to make the animals gain weight. That’s because the long chain fatty acids found in these oils cause weight gain.
Also, these kinds of oils are especially damaging to the thyroid (and the rest of the body) because they go rancid, which is to say they oxidize, very quickly.
To prevent these oils from going rancid so quickly, food manufacturers refine the oils and hydrogenate them, which slows the oxidation process, but in turn creates trans fat, which is another deadly substance to avoid. Hydrogenated poly-unsaturated fat = double trouble.
Pure, virgin coconut oil, is a saturated fat composed of mostly medium chain fatty acids. Medium chain fatty acids are known to increase metabolism and therefore promote weight loss.
Coconut oil is known to have “thermogenic” properties, which means it has the ability to raise the body temperature, which, in turn, raises the metabolism. Coconut oil helps the thyroid to function better. Anyone with a sluggish metabolism will be delighted to notice the immediate effects of using coconut oil in their diet - a decrease of hypothyroidism symptoms are sure to follow. Just make sure it's pure, virgin coconut oil and you’re all set.
Coconut Oil and Thyroid Disease: Coconut Oil is a stable cooking oil.
Coconut oil is very stable when it comes to its shelf life.
Whereas the unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can go rancid quite quickly, coconut oil remains in tact for years at room temperature.
You can test this in your own kitchen! If you have a bottle of sunflower, safflower, soybean or “vegetable” oil that’s been in the cupboard for a few months, take it out and notice if the sides feel a little sticky where the oil has dripped down the side.
And now smell it, does the bottle have that “old oil smell” that wasn’t there when you first bought it? That’s oxidized, rancid oil.
That simply doesn’t happen with pure, virgin coconut oil. Even after two or three years in the cupboard it will smell and taste just like it did when you first bought it. And it maintains its freshness naturally, without the need to refine or hydrogenate it. But in most cases it will not hang around that long, because once you start to enjoy coconut oil, you’ll want to use it every day!
Rancid oils are not only detrimental to the thyroid, they cause damage to the cell membranes of the liver as well, since the liver must process all the fats we eat. So, the more you replace long chain fatty acids with medium chain fatty acids, the sooner your liver will be able to repair cell membrane damage and therefore function at a more optimal level.
The liver loves coconut oil too. The saturated fats and medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil do not require the same enzyme activity for digestion and assimilation as do the unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats. Coconut oil (as well as butter and virgin palm oil) is transported directly through the portal vein from the stomach to the liver where it is used as an immediate source of energy.
Coconut Oil and Thyroid Disease: In addition to using coconut oil in your diet, here are a few more factors to consider:
Adequate dietary iodine is important to heal hypothyroidism. The best natural sources of iodine are good grey sea salt, seaweeds, fish, seafoods and free range eggs. Seaweeds are highly concentrated foods, so its best to eat them in small doses, say a tablespoon or two of dried seaweed per serving.
Avoid refined sugars and grains. They are hard on the thyroid.
Flouride may be a culprit. Switch to non-flouride toothpaste and find out if your drinking water is flouridated. Many American cities add flouride to the water supply. And many of us are consuming more flouride than is healthy.
Minimize exposure to environmental toxins including pesticides, mercury, house cleaners, etc. They are also tough on the thyroid.
Avoid goiteregen foods such as soybeans, soybean oil and soybean products. Peanuts are another one to minimize when you have hypothyroidism. Raw cabbage and other members of the brassica vegetable family can cause thyroid trouble as well, though once cooked or fermented into sauerkraut and kim chi they are no longer worrisome.
And most definitely, add virgin coconut oil to your diet.