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Does coconut oil mitigate effects of wine consuption?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Folks, Please provide me with any scientific sources that state that saturated fat is good for liver and other alcohol-damaged organs! Thank you! :)

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on October 11, 2012
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Something similar my Italian relatives have said is that antipasto/oils etc coat the villi and protect the gut from the possibility of celiac diesease... Sounds similar to your grandparents!

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on October 10, 2012
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:)....the comment I left actually leads to a few good places to research.

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Up vote for the humor?

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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=does+saturated+fat+reduce+effects+of+alcohol+on+liver

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 10, 2012
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Sure, I love my liver soaked in some wine then cooked in coconut oil. Totally good for it. Don't know how to scientifically prove it though. Isn't it kinda subjective? And I wouldn't call it damaged from the alcohol anyhow....it's more of a marinade.

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on October 10, 2012
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Up vote for the humor?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 10, 2012
at 11:57 PM

:)....the comment I left actually leads to a few good places to research.

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on October 10, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Fasting is a great medicine for every cell in your body. From what i've read, it's the best medicine known to men. Interesting links below:

http://naturalwaysofliving.blogspot.com/2010/07/fasting-super-medicine.html

http://www.greekmedicine.net/hygiene/Fasting_and_Purification.html

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on October 11, 2012
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My grandfather, 88, and his two sisters, 90 and 91, swear that they used to eat 1/4 cup of butter before going out and drinking back in the day to keep them from feeling sick the next day. They said it "coats the stomach". I don't know about it coating the stomach, or the validity to the claim, but there was something to them and their friends doing this and feeling better rather than crappier the next day.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on October 11, 2012
at 04:05 AM

Something similar my Italian relatives have said is that antipasto/oils etc coat the villi and protect the gut from the possibility of celiac diesease... Sounds similar to your grandparents!

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:24 AM

Here's a blog post by That Paleo Guy discussing just this: http://thatpaleoguy.com/2012/01/05/dietary-fat-can-modulate-intestinal-tight-junction-integrity/

Long post short, he discussed a study on rats suggesting that linoleic acid rich fats (e.g. vegetable oils) increase intestinal permeability, allowing for greater uptake of bacterial endotoxins (LPS) from gut to the blood stream. Getting drunk did this to the rats as well. Together, the booze and omega-6 were a synergism of badness for the the little rodent livers, while saturated fats, on the other hand, were protective by comparison.

Another study gave rats alcohol and unsurprisingly it damaged their livers. The rats fed beef tallow were way better off, suffering very little liver fat build up.

This study didn't involve alcohol, but found that under experimental conditions designed to induce fatty liver, rats were more protected while eating coconut oil than eating corn oil.

I found two other studies which compared the effects of coconut oil to fish oil in rats. Study numero uno found that fish oil led to nearly twice the amount of cholesterol build up in the liver as coco oil. Study deux found that fish oil increased lipid peroxides in the liver.

These are just some neat little rat studies, but they lend support for a theory I believe: saturated fats are protective against liver damage (induced by alcohol or otherwise) compared to polyunsaturated fats. Unless perhaps if you aren't getting enough choline, as I discussed in this answer recently.

Something I've wondered about before: lots of people think wine is protecting the French from the saturated fat they eat, but what if it's actually the other way around? Whoaa.

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