(NaturalHealth365) There is a natural way to regulate sugar levels and it seems to have caught researchers’ attention. This may have important implications for pharmaceutical firms by giving them a better way to develop safer drugs for diabetics.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes; the commonly used drugs for this condition have undesired side effects.
Capric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid found in saturated fats. It is abundant in coconut oil and palm kernel oil. It is the capric acid and other medium-chain triglycerides, which are responsible for making coconut oil so healthy. Some capric acid can be found in Cow and goat milk. Studies have shown that fatty acids in coconut oil are helpful for the diabetic condition. It has been found that replacing refined carbohydrates with saturated fat helps diabetics. Butter, Ghee and Coconut oil are oils that help with diabetes.
This makes sense since they all contain capric acid. A Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that deconoic acid also known as Capric Acid worked well in modulation of diabetes, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression disorders.
The recent study, which was carried out in collaboration with a team of international research and clinical partners from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, National University of Singapore, The Scripps Research Institute, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, and University of Michigan showed that decanoic acid is a direct ligand, or binding partner, of PPARγ, and binds and partially activates PPARγ without leading to the development of fat cells.
What was studied was the nuclear receptor (PPARy), which plays an important role in glucose and lipid metabolism and is the target of a class of antidiabetic drug. These drugs have negative side effects like weight gain, and fluid retention, while increasing the risk for cardiovascular events.
“Treatments with decanoic acid and its triglyceride form improve glucose sensitivity and lipid profiles without weight gain in diabetic models,” said lead author Venkata R. Malapaka, Ph.D., who conducted his research at Van Andel Research Institute and now works as a Research Fellow in Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Center for Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Sciences. “Together, these results suggest that decanoic acid is a modulating ligand for PPARs and the structure can aid in designing better and safer PPARγ-based drugs.”
With nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes and an estimated 79 million with prediabetes, it is a good find. The sufferers of this condition can find relief and slash their risk of of strokes, heart disease and other conditions tied to high sugar levels.
We don’t need a better drug, we already have it in its natural form. The healthy fats are in our food supply, or should we say in our whole foods. We don’t need a wealth of studies, what we must establish is a healthy lifestyle. The purest, most stable, easy-to-tolerate form of help come directly from the fatty acids of coconuts. Deriving these fats from organic grass fed dairy also is known to help with inflammation. Capric acid is more desirable today because of the high carbohydrate content of our packaged foods.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.