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by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News. www.coconutoil.com

A new study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition on August 31, 2018, with the title Beneficial Effect of Virgin Coconut Oil on Alloxan-Induced Diabetes and Microbiota Composition in Rats adds further proof that virgin coconut oil is a powerful remedy for diabetes. 

In this latest study, virgin coconut oil was shown to be beneficial to the microbiome by increasing probiotic bacteria, leading to better outcomes for those suffering with diabetes.

Intestinal microbiome, anatomy of human digestive system and close-up view of intestinal villi with enteric bacteria, 3D illustration

This new research confirms what many have reported to us over the past 15 plus years, that virgin coconut oil is beneficial in overcoming both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. See:

Coconut Oil Effective in Treating Diabetes

This new study offers a possible explanation as to how virgin coconut oil helps people with Type 1 diabetes without directly affecting insulin levels.

The Study and Its Findings

Researchers at the University of Belgrade in the Republic of Serbia gathered 24 Male Wister rats around 2.5 months old caged in pairs. All were fed standard commercial feed and tap water without rationing. 

According to Fluoride Alert, only three percent of Serbia’s tap water is fluoridated. Regardless of the Belgrade lab’s tap water purity, the rats all drank the same tap water during the 16-week study.  

The four experimental groups of six rats were categorized according to their dietary intake:

  1. Control group (Con) with its diet of rat feed and tap water only.
  2. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO).
  3. Alloxan (Alx) to induce diabetes in the rats.
  4. Alloxan plus Virgin Coconut Oil (Alx + VCO) group.

A small amount of saline water was subcutaneously administered to the rats on the first day only to “allow comparability with the other experimental groups”. The rats’ body mass, food, and water consumption were monitored continuously during the whole 16-week experiment. 

Their blood glucose (glycemia) levels were measured after a 16-hour fasting period at the end of each week during the 16-week study.

Stool samples were taken from each pair of caged rats and frozen at minus 80 degrees C (Celsius) or minus 112 degrees F (Fahrenheit) and saved for stool bacterial analysis.