Coconut oil, or some form of it, is used in many hospital formulas to help the very old, the very young, and the very ill to regain their strength and vitality. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are much different from the long chain fatty acids found in the seed oils. This difference affects how the body utilizes this oil, how it is digested and metabolized, and how it aids the body. Fewer enzymes and less energy are required for coconut oil digestion. You see, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are digested and absorbed quickly and with minimal effort. Because of this, there is less strain on the pancreas, liver, and the digestive system. This is important for persons who suffer from metabolic problems. Medium chain fatty acids produce energy. Other dietary fats produce fat.
Eating foods containing medium chain fatty acids is like putting high octane fuel into your car. The car will run smoother and get better gas mileage. Likewise, with medium chain fatty acids, your body will perform better because it has more energy and greater endurance. Because MCFAs are funneled directly to the liver and converted into energy, the body gets a boost of energy. And because MCFAs are easily absorbed by the energy-producing organelles of the cells, metabolism increases. This burst of energy has a stimulating effect on the entire body. Many people, those with relatively good health, those with significant health problems, and those who are overweight notice a speeding up of their heart rate, their metabolism, and their body temperature when they add coconut oil to their diet.