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Coconut Oil for Crohn’s

coconut oil for crohns

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  • Crohn's disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that affects half a million people in the U.S., usually hitting people in their 20s
  • New research suggests good fats can bring about positive changes in your gut bacteria, decreasing the symptoms of this debilitating, long-term condition
  • In the study, consumption of coconut oil led to a 30 percent reduction in gut bacteria diversity, indicating that the type of fats people eat directly influences the makeup of their gut bacteria and the severity and even presence of the disease

By Dr. Mercola

For people suffering from Crohn’s disease, here is one of the most recent — and possibly most dramatic — breakthroughs in its treatment: Good fats can bring about positive changes in your gut bacteria, decreasing the symptoms of this debilitating, long-term condition. One caveat, though, is that the fat must be derived from plants. Scientists say eating a diet containing high amounts of coconut oil and other plant-based fat lowers gut inflammation, which causes damage to your health in a number of ways.


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