Cold-pressed Coconut oil is an excellent supplement not only for dogs fed raw diets. Because coconut oil contains lauric oil (an antimicrobial) it promotes supports and acts as an anti-inflammatory. It also supports the health of the heart, blood vessels and liver and has a positive effect on the coat and skin.
It remains solid at a temperature below 20~25°C and melts at higher temperatures. It is used as a food supplement, but can also be applied externally to the coat and skin.
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Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats. All fats and oils are composed of triglycerides. Coconut oil is composed primarily of Medium Chain Triglycerides. All triglycerides are made up of individual fat molecules called fatty acids. Coconut oil contains 64% Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs).
Breaking it down further, the MCFAs in coconut oil are made up of 48% lauric acid, 8% caprylic acid and 7% capric acid, plus myristic and palmitic acids. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids). Most of coconut oil’s health benefits come from the MCFAs, especially lauric acid.
Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their antifungal effects. In addition, the body can efficiently metabolize MCFAs to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCFAs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
Read more about the benefits of Coconut Oil for dogs here.