The body’s own antioxidants, such as vitamin C and flavonoids, protect against various cancers, heart disease and aging, and they also have potential to protect against chronic diseases, such a type of dementia called neurodegenerative dementia.
A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests coconut milk could be one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet.
The researchers used the same test for flavonoid-rich dairy products that are often consumed by people in developing countries, and compared them to a control group of non-vegetarian dairy products.
The results showed that coconut milk had a higher antioxidant content than other dairy products in this study, including almond milk, cashew milk and soy milk.
That was significant because non-milk coconut milk is considered a healthy choice in many countries, according to the researchers.
“This study provides a compelling case that coconut consumption is a healthy dietary option,” Dr. Michael Mays, lead author of the study, told Live Science.
The new study looked at the health benefits of coconut milk and a combination of other dairy foods, such chicken and fish, that are high in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants.
The polyphenol group of vitamins and minerals is a class of compounds that includes vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, selenium and zinc.
It is thought that polyphenolic antioxidants in coconut milk have the potential to help protect against disease.
The study looked for the presence of polyphenolics in coconut products and compared that to non-coagulant dairy products (such as milk and cheese) and non-dairy products (like yogurt and cream).
The researchers looked for antioxidant effects from the polyphenological compounds found in the coconut milk, as well as other dietary factors.
The data revealed that the polyphospholipid-rich fatty acids (PPGFA) in coconut cream and coconut milk are more potent than those found in most non-lactating dairy products and in non-nutritive dairy products, such that polyphosphenes in coconut butter and coconut oil have a potency similar to those found on many fruits and vegetables.
The authors noted that coconut products may also have a greater antioxidant content in terms of polypholic acids.
The findings also suggest that coconut oil may have a higher ability to prevent and treat neurodegening diseases than other types of dairy products are, the researchers wrote.
Coconut oil also has more of a vitamin A content than non-natural butter, but it also has a lower vitamin E content than milk and dairy products with higher amounts of vitamin A, and vitamin D. Vitamin A is also needed for the production of collagen, a protein found in many tissues.
Researchers from the University of Utah and the University at Albany in New York found that the ratio of vitamin C to polyphenolate in coconut oil, compared to nonfat dairy milk, is similar to the ratio found in human milk, according a press release.
Coconut butter is high in vitamin E and has a higher amount of vitamin D than nonfat milk, which is often the most common type of milk for people with type 2 diabetes, the study found.
The report did not say whether the researchers compared coconut oil with other oils or whether they looked at a single oil or a combination.
Coconut milk has been the subject of some debate in the U.S. because of its high fat content, which can cause allergies.
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