May 14 2017

The Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Published by at 1:21 pm under Immune System

Coconut Oil’s amazing benefits
Try this oil for better health both inside and out.

For years, there have been misconceptions about the health benefits of coconut oil. It was not at the top of our list of healthy fats. Because it is a saturated fat, it was commonly grouped together with other saturated fats such as red meat and dairy, which can contribute to heart disease when too much is consumed. But coconut oil is different. It is now being touted for its myriad health benefits with lots of research to back it up. (1,2,3)*

So why the change of heart? For starters, while the saturated fats found in red meat and dairy products contain long chain triglycerides (LCTs), coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These unique fats include Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid. “…62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these three healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat…”  Coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid, which is a key ingredient in preventing heart problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, won’t increase LDL levels and reduces the incidence of arterial damage and helps prevent atherosclerosis. There are also studies that suggest that coconut oil may benefit pre-menopausal women maintain healthy lipid levels.1,2)*

Other societies have been aware of the benefits of coconut oil and have consumed this delicious fruit as a main staple of their diets for centuries. These societies have among the healthiest populations. For example, the Tokelauans, who live in the South Pacific eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are among the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world, yet as a whole, have little evidence of heart disease.1*  

The short and medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil can also help us lose weight. Easily digested, it aids in thyroid and endocrine system function as well. “…It increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight…”1*

Coconut oil also has amazing antifungal, anti bacterial and antiviral qualities. When consumed regularly, it helps strengthen the immune system and is commonly used as a topical treatment for skin fungus such as ringworm. “…The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. It is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash…”1*

We’ve talked a great deal about candida albicans. The Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in coconut oil has shown to help in eliminating Candida albicans, and help with inflammation. 1*

Coconut oil is also great for the skin and hair, as it is an effective moisturizer without adverse side effects. It is great for preventing dry and flaky skin and repairing damaged hair. 1*

It also contains antioxidants which helps with such skin conditions as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis so you will often see coconut oil as the base ingredient in body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams.1*

As you can tell, there are so many great benefits to this oil that we have just learned about in the last couple of decades. If you haven’t experimented with this oil in cooking and topically, it’s time to try it out! Next week we will look at the different types of coconut oil on the market to understand which is best for purchasing for your particular needs. 3*

 

Healthiest wishes,

 

Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:

  1. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
  2. https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
  3. http://coconutoil.com/what-type-of-coconut-oil-is-best-how-to-choose-a-coconut-oil/


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