According to World Health Organization (2010), cardiovascular diseases are the major cause for death throughout the world. Cardiovascular diseases include various kinds of diseases of the heart like coronary heart and peripheral artery diseases, hypertension, rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart disease and heart failure. The diet-heart hypothesis suggests that quality of dietary fat plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Several studies reported that saturated and trans-fatty acids have increased the cardiovascular risk. Fatty acids are known to enhance cholesterol in the blood circulation, which can lead to blocking and thickening of the blood-vessels. Atherosclerosis one of the leading cause for heart attacks, or ischemic stroke. Lauric acid, a fatty acid and a component of triglycerides is recognized to produce the largest increase in total cholesterol of all the fatty acids, but this increase is so-called ‘good’ cholesterol. The Lauric Acid in coconut reduces the chances of getting heart diseases. In the present essay, an attempt is made to discuss the role of Lauric Acid in cardiovascular diseases.
Citation: Uday Kumar D, Christopher V, Sobarani D, Nagendra Sastry Y (2014) Lauric Acid as Potential Natural Product in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: A Review. J Bioanal Biomed 6:037-039. doi: 10.4172/1948-593X.1000107