Metabolism is the process by which the body converts what we eat and drink into energy
Most foods contain carbohydrates, which the body breaks down into simple sugars — the major source of energy for the body
Medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil can easily permeate both membranes of the mitochondria and provide the cell with a quick and efficient source of energy
NOTE: Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell
Mitocondria are organelles that act like a digestive system, taking in nutrients, breaking them down, and creating energy for the cells
MCFAs are easily absorbed by the energy-producing organelles of the cells, therefore increases metabolism
MCFAs are channel directly to the liver and converting into energy; now the body gets a boost of energy.
MCFAs in coconut oil are digested and absorbed into the blood stream and used by the body for energy: especially by pancreas, liver and the digestive system
Coconut oil is great news! for people who normally have feeling fatigued
This burst of energy has a stimulating effect on the entire body.
People, with relatively good health, significant health problems, and who are overweight notice a speeding up of their heart rate, metabolic rate, and body temperature, when they add coconut oil to their diet
To enjoy the best benefit a person should consume coconut oil on a daily basis
Besides increasing your energy level, there are other very important benefits that results from boosting your metabolic rate: it helps protect you from illness and speeds healing
When metabolism is increased, cells function at a higher rate of efficiency
They heal injuries faster, old and diseased cells are replaced quicker
New cells are generated at an increased rate to replace the worn-out ones
The body's immune system functions better
Long chain fatty acids are usually digested with digestive enzymes from the liver and take a long time to breakdown
Once digested long chain fatty acids go on to be stored in adipose tissue to be used later
The long chain fatty acids, which are digested by the body, must be linked up with carrier proteins (they are called lipoproteins) and carried throughout the body
Lipoproteins: Cholesterol travels in the blood in packages
They can be used by the cells or organs for energy or stored in adipose tissue or dropped off on the sides of arteries, etc.
The fats which do this are cholesterol, long chain saturated fats, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat.
For energy, if the body uses carbohydrates, insulin produced by the pancreas, is required for the glucose molecules to be able to enter into the cell
The body develop a resistance to insulin as they get older and it becomes increasingly more difficult for the body to get these molecules into the cells.
Any extra glucose which can or does not get used by the body for energy is turned into triglycerides and then carried by carriers all over the body
NOTE: The most common causes of high triglycerides are obesity and poorly controlled diabetes. If you are overweight and are not active, you may have high triglycerides
The body can have high triglycerides in your blood and not eat an ounce of fat
Even total vegetarians can have high triglycerides from eating a high carbohydrate diet
Triglycerides and the lipoproteins, in the same manner as glucose, travel across the cell membrane to be used as energy, and they too require enzymes as carriers in order to permeate both membranes of the cell's mitochondria where their energy is released.
Since the longer chain fatty acids demand special enzymes to pull them through the double membrane, the energy production process is much slower and taxing on the enzyme reserves
Important to understand that Long chain fatty acids slows down metabolism
"Main purpose of fatty acids is to assist the adrenal and thyroid glands, which help to regulate body weight
Fatty acids help keep the skin healthy, prevent early aging, and promote weight loss by helping the body process cholesterol.
More importantly, they help to get rid of the arteries of cholesterol build up"
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