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Can coconut oil treat Crohn’s disease?

Can coconut oil treat Crohn’s disease? Check out what research from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland uncovered.

Mayo Clinic explains more about Crohn’s:

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease can involve different areas of the digestive tract in different people.

The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn’s disease can be both painful and debilitating, and sometimes may lead to life-threatening complications.

The scientists used an animal model for the study. They fed one group healthy fats like coconut oil, and the other group was given a standard diet.

The authors wrote:

“Mice fed beneficial fatty diets had up to [30] percent fewer kinds of gut bacteria as those fed a normal diet, collectively resulting in a very different gut microbial composition … Mice fed even low concentrations of coconut oil or cocoa butter also had less severe small intestine inflammation.”

The lead author Dr. Alexander Rodriguez-Palacios believes that the findings could help doctors identify good bacteria that could help treat patients with inflammatory bowel syndrome.

He wrote:

“Mice (studies) indicate that each person could respond differently. But diet is something we are very hopeful could help at least some patients without the side-effects and risks carried by drugs. The trick now is to really discover what makes a fat ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for Crohn’s disease.”

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1. “Coconut Oil for Crohn’s Disease.”, n.d. Web. 19 July 2017.
2. “Plant Fats Alter Gut Bacteria to Ease Crohn’s Symptoms.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 23 June 2017. Web. 19 July 2017.
3. “Crohn’s Disease.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 14 Aug. 2014. Web. 19 July 2017.

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