In the dog food community, there is an ongoing debate concerning Coconut Oil and its possible advantages for dogs. Some suggest you should include coconut oil and MCTs in your dog's diet, while others say you shouldn't. This article examines the study done with this substance on dogs in order to resolve the matter once and for all — scientifically.
But, before we get into the advantages of this potent superfood, it's important to first grasp what coconut oil is.
What is MCT?
Coconut Oil is derived from the meat of coconuts and contains at least 90% saturated fats, the majority of which are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).
MCTs are used to treat epilepsy and to support a low carb homemade diabetic dog food diet for a reason.
MCTs account for more than half of the fat in coconut oil, and they are easier for dogs to digest than the longer-chain fatty acids found in many other meals. This means that MCTs offer your dog with energy more quickly.
Aside from MCTs, coconut oil also contains numerous other polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, which science suggests can enhance our dogs’ daily lives.
Benefits of Coconut Oil:
1. Improves Dental Health:
Do you recall Medium Chain Triglycerides? According to research, its antimicrobial characteristics can help reduce gingivitis in dogs.
Coconut oil, according to the National Institutes of Health, may be useful in reducing plaque production and plaque-induced gingivitis. This is because the lauric acid in coconut oil fights the bacteria in your dog's mouth that causes tooth decay and bad breath.
Feeding coconut oil to your dog may be both a treatment and a preventative measure in keeping your dog's mouth happy and healthy.
2. Improves Dogs’ Metabolism:
According to research, dogs whose diets were supplemented with MCTs had enhanced mitochondrial function as well as energy metabolism.
Metabolism is important in ageing and longevity. That is to say, a greater metabolism correlates with your dog living longer.
Scientists believe that the improved mitochondrial activity found in dogs was caused by a reduction in oxidative damage. This suggests that MCTs in coconut oil may have stopped cells from being damaged by free radicals, which are chemicals that rip cells apart and lead to ageing.
3. Enhance Your Dog’s Intelligence
study showed that long-term daily dosages of MCT can improve cognition in dogs due to the increase in circulating ketones in dogs’ brains.
Ketones are created when fats break down in the body, and they play a role in brain health across many species. When the MCTs in coconut oil are converted into ketones, they can be used by the brain as an alternative fuel. It’s like your dog is running on two types of energy.
This study’s results proved that dogs can experience higher brain function by eating coconut oil.
4. Slow Aging
According to a National Institutes of Health study, healthy dogs whose meals were supplemented with MCTs for 6 months or more exhibited symptoms of decreased ageing. This result was seen across a number of biomarkers that were evaluated.
What caused this to occur? Dogs lose anti-inflammatory fatty acids that are ordinarily present in their bloodstream as they age. Inflammation can rise as a result, and it is a key cause of cell death and organ malfunction in many disorders.
While this is happening, adding anti-inflammatory chemicals like MCTs to a dog's diet helps offset their natural loss of anti-inflammatory fatty acids. Including coconut oil in a dog's diet provides MCTs, which may help to reduce the biological ageing process.
5. Reduce Seizures
Even the strongest of individuals find it difficult to see a pet with epilepsy. If this is the case, coconut oil may be able to relieve your dog's seizures.
Another NIH study found that feeding dogs with epilepsy coconut oil daily with their diet for three months had astounding results.
The dogs in their study experienced fewer seizures, and two of them were seizure-free. These are some really amazing results.
Although scientists are currently investigating the precise reason why ketone synthesis lowers seizures, these findings have been replicated in numerous studies. It is thought that epileptic dogs benefit from ketones' alternate energy routes, which avoid the malfunctioning behavior of glucose energy pathways.
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