I used to think that arthritis was just something “grandparents” suffered from. At least it seems this way when you are a young child. But then you begin to age and you discover that arthritis can hit at any time.
I personally do not suffer from arthritis but I have certainly had longer lasting aches and pains in my joints. I really do feel for those individuals who battle arthritis. I know it makes life difficult and painful.
In my quest for more information about the many uses of coconut oil, I thought that it was high time to tackle how coconut oil might help relieve or even prevent arthritis. I have a lot of readers concerned about joint pain and hope that if you are suffering from arthritis that you find this information helpful.
Let’s look at how coconut oil can help relieve the pain and discomfort arthritis causes.
1. Coconut oil is the king of anti-inflammatory agents
Researchers in India extracted the antioxidants unique to virgin coconut oil from the oil and injected them into rats with induced arthritis. While I am not a fan of animal testing, I am a fan of what these researchers found. They found that the unique coconut oil antioxidants reduced inflammation associated with arthritis more effectively than current pharmaceutical drugs. This is a big deal. However, there is one catch. The coconut oil MUST extracted using a wet-milling method.
So how does coconut oil relieves inflammation caused by arthritis? Simple. The medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) in coconut oil nourish and energize cells. This leads to less inflammation. Compared to other fats, energy liberation from MCFA-rich coconut oil is more prolonged. This suggests it continues to circulate your body long enough to effectively heal and repair damaged tissues (anti-inflammation).
Coconut oil also has the added bonus of strengthening the bones which can reduce pressure on the joints.
2. Coconut oil has awesome lubricating powers
Coconut oil promotes circulation in the joints. Taking it internally will provide the greatest benefit but applying it externally can help as well. A gentle massage of coconut oil will lubricate stiff joints. I guess you could say that coconut oil greases the joints and loosens them up for better mobility. I would apply it as often as possible. It soaks in quickly.
3. Coconut oil offers major pain relief
Coconut oil also acts as a pain reliever for arthritis sufferers. The oil works best when you warm it first and then apply it directly to the painful muscles or joints. Doing this increases blood supply to the area, reduces pain and swelling, and is very soothing and healing.
4. The shocking final benefit
Now hold onto your seats folks. This last benefit is a bit mind-blowing. Well at least to me because I had never considered that arthritis was related to infection.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Arthritis Cure, evidence is mounting that arthritis is caused mainly as a consequence of incurring an infection. Yet antibiotics have no effect on infections in joints because the structures are encased in a tough membrane that prevents the passage of blood into them. Therefore, even when a person takes an antibiotic to get rid of a systemic infection, the bacteria can remain hidden in the joints. Furthermore, since antibiotics only work against bacteria, they don’t have any effect on infections caused by viruses or fungi. So since antibiotics can’t help, what can?
The infection problem is why coconut oil is so valuable. Its medium-chain fatty acids are potent antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents. Fife advocates taking 2 to 4 tablespoons of the oil daily to eliminate chronic infections from the body.
Looking for additional information on how to treat and prevent arthritis? The book I mentioned above is stellar!
Curious about which brand of coconut oil I recommend for arthritis relief? These are my favorites.