10 Impressive Benefits of Coconut Oil

Some people classify Coconut Oil as a “superfood.” I don’t know exactly in charge of such classifications, but it certainly is one of those foods that I keep well-stocked on my pantry shelf.

Its benefits are numerous and impressive. Here are 10 of them.

1. Coconut Oil Contains Fatty Acids with Powerful Medicinal Properties.
It is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to us, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated. New data is showing that saturated fats are mostly harmless.  Many studies with hundreds of thousands of people have found no link to heart disease. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.

2. Populations That Eat a Lot of Coconut Oil Are Healthy.
Coconut is an exotic food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people. In some parts of the world it is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations. In fact, they are in great health and have no evidence of heart disease.

3. Coconut Oil Can Help You Burn More Fat
Obesity is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world, certainly in the United States. While some people think that obesity is only matter of calories, others believe that the sources of those calories are important factors as well. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.

4. Coconut Oil Can Kill Harmful Microorganisms
Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-caarbon Lauric Acid, and the monolaurin it becomes when digested can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This is possibly good news for sufferers of Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans.

5. Coconut Oil Can Reduce Your Hunger, Helping You Eat Less.
This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolized, because ketones can have an appetite reducing effect.

6. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Are Turned into Ketones, Which Can Reduce Seizures.
A so-called ketogenic (very low carb, very high fat) diet is currently being studied to treat various disorders, one of which is drug-resistant epilepsy in children. The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures.

7. Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels
The saturated fats in coconut oil may increase “good” HDL cholesterol in your body, but also help convert the “bad” LDL into less harmful form.  It may also improve other risk factors and therefore protect against heart disease.

8. Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair Against Damage, Moisturize Skin, and Function as Sunscreen.
Coconut oil can serve various purposes that have nothing to do with eating it.  I, along with many others, am using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of our skin and hair using. Coconut oil can improve the moisture and fat content of dry skin. It can also protect against hair damage, and serve as an effective sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

9. Coconut Oil Can Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients.
Studies show that it can increase blood levels of ketones, supplying energy for the faltering brain cells and relieving symptoms.

10. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat
It appears to be especially effective at reducing belly fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs. This is the most dangerous fat of all and is highly associated with many chronic diseases.

To enjoy the many health benefits of coconut oil, choose the organic, virgin, cold-pressed versions.  The less refined (processed) it is, the better.

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