Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
December 14, 2014
Coconut oil is possibly nature’s greatest creation. Why not? It’s a superfood. It has a lot of health benefits. Here are some of them.
It prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
Coconut oil contains MCTs or medium-chain triglycerides, which are different from the usual long-chain fatty acids. The body metabolizes MCTs differently. Upon entering the bloodstream from the digestive tract, they are transported to the liver, where they are turned into ketones that fight Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.
There is a long held belief that saturated fat causes heart disease. However, recent studies show this may not be the case. It’s the trans fat that’s bad for your cardiovascular system. This vindicates coconut oil from the old myth that its saturated fat makes it a bad choice health-wise.
It makes your body burn more fat.
Again, coconut oil owes its fat-metabolizing property to its MCTs, which increase the amount of calories you burn on a daily basis. Consuming 15-30 grams medium-chain fatty acids a day boosts the amount of burned calories by 5 percent.
It helps you lose weight.
Aside from making you burn more calories, MCTs suppress hunger. This is why people who consume coconut oil tend to eat less than people who don’t. As a result, they consume less calories, which aid in losing weight.
It prevents heart disease.
Do not worry about the saturated fat content of coconut oil. As mentioned earlier, studies have already disproved the supposed bad effects of saturated fat on the cardiovascular health. In fact, the fatty acids found in coconut oil reduce chances of getting heart disease by reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in the body and raising levels of good cholesterol.
It helps you fight infection.
One of the components of coconut oil is lauric acid, which kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The antimicrobial properties of lauric acid is still under research. But numerous published studies have already provided significant information about the antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of lauric acid. This is why coconut oil has become a popular natural remedy for throat infection, gum disease, athlete’s foot, and other common infections.
It has cosmetic properties.
Coconut oil locks in moisture to the skin and helps keep it from drying. A thin layer of coconut oil on the skin protects it from sun damage. In so doing, it helps delay signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Your hair can benefit from it too. It also acts as a protective layer on the hair, not only keeping it sleek and shiny but also protecting it from harmful UV radiation from the sun.
Consumption of coconut oil has many other benefits. It aids digestion. It helps you get rid of belly fat. There are also studies that suggest it has anti-cancer properties. If you have food allergies, you may want to 3 tbsp of coconut oil every day, ideally spread out on every meal. That’s 1 tablespoon every meal.
According to some research, coconut oil also has antiparasitic effects. People in India use it to combat tapeworms and eliminate head lice. There are also studies that show it works against Giardia.
So there you go. With all these benefits from coconut oil, you probably should include it in your daily health regimen.