Coconut oil to relieve gallbladder patients

Posted on February 3, 2016

If you have gallbladder disease, or if you have surgical removal of the gallbladder, you will find that coconut oil is relevant to the body. Consumption of coconut oil, can supply the fat requirement in the diet.

Gallbladder which is located beneath the liver, is the bile repository. Bile is constantly produced by the liver. When fat is in the intestines, it will send a signal to the gallbladder to contract. With the contraction of the gallbladder, the bile is discharged from the bile duct into the intestine.

Bile is essential for fat digestion. Generally, fat and water cannot mix, thus, when you mix them together, the oil will float on the surface. Such separation can be observed in our digestive tract. The fat digestive enzymes will be dissolved in water but cannot mix with oil. When added to the bile, like emulsifiers, water and oil can mix together. When mixed, the molecules of the fat and fat digestive enzymes or triglycerides decomposed into fatty acids.

Normally, the liver will continuously produce bile but with too much eating, very little is secreted, thus, it is not enough to meet the storage needs of the gallbladder. Digestion process is hampered.

If the problem occurs, the gallbladder bile begins to solidify and form stones. Gallstones will reduce the bile flow to the intestine or might even block the bile duct, causing pain and discomfort.

Gallstones may be surgically removed from the gallbladder or by the use of an ultrasonic waves or shock whereby the stones are broken into smaller pieces to facilitate removal and bile duct obstruction. Ultrasonic methods are effective in smaller stones only.

Consumption of coconut oil is a new method for treating cholecystitis. Coconut oil’s monoglyceride (C8) and caprylic acid (C10) and it’s diglyceride acid has been found to dissolve gallstones. The Mayo Clinic and the University of Wisconsin Hospital confirmed its safety and efficacy.

Patients with gallbladder surgery cannot digest fat very well. Without the gallbladder, there is not enough bile to emulsify even a very small amount of fat. Thus, this will lead to nutritional deficiencies. For the body to obtain all the nutrients, the right amount of fat in the diet is necessary. The body fat also provides its source of energy. Vitamins A, D, E, K and ß-carotene and other fat-soluble vitamins, rely on dietary fat absorption. The absence of these nutrients may cause mild malnutrition or vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may lead to degenerative diseases as health is impaired, the immune system is weakened, aging is accelerated and pain is felt.

Increased fat in the diet can cause discomfort and gastrointestinal symptoms. However, if coconut oil is the main fat intake, discomfort and pain is not felt, as coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids are easy to digest. The pancreatic digestive enzymes, nor the bile will not be needed very much anymore. As reported, a small amount of fat can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort in patients, but once they consume 2 tablespoons or more of coconut oil, the problem disappears. If your gallbladder is removed, you can try the diet with coconut oil instead of other fats or oils, initially in small amounts until you reach your comfortable level.

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