10 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Everyone's raving about it. So just what are the benefits. Let's have a look...
Improves Brain Function
n an incredible study conducted in 2004 and published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, found that the intake of Medium Chain Triglycerides, which happens to be the primary type of fat in coconut oil, have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders. Some patients suffering from serious disorders like Alzheimer’s have shown a boost in cognitive performance after months and some even days of treatment!
Helps You Lose Weight and Burn Fat
Could coconut oil actually help you lose weight? Studies show that coconut oil increases your expenditure of calories causing you to burn more fat.
It has always been suspected that not all calories are equal, and coconut oil appears to prove the point. You burn more calories using coconut oil than other types of oils and fats since the fatty acids in coconut oil actually go straight to your liver from the digestive tract, where they are either used for energy right away or turned into ketone bodies. Coconut oil is the world’s most weight loss friendly fat.
Boosts Immune System
Coconut oil is packed with elements that will help boost your immune system. Here is how:
Many clinical studies have shown that coconut oil is not only good for you but great to help boost your immune system. Interestingly enough, coconut oil is a powerful anti-viral agent. Since a cold and flu are both viruses, coconut oil is therefore a great way to keep your immune system strong year round. The Lauric Acid found in coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi which can help reduce illness and prevent infections. Interestingly enough, 50% of the fatty acids found in coconut oil is Lauric Acid. When coconut oil is digested it also forms monoglyceride that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Reduces Your Hunger
Weight loss, in layman’s terms, is all about calories in and calories out and multiple studies have shown that people who included coconut oil in their daily diet, do not get hungry as often and often avoid those mid-afternoon snacks. Many studies have show that the Medium Chain Fatty Acids present in coconut oil have properties that reduces appetite and therefore eating fewer calories automatically.
Reduces Brain Seizures
As we have discussed so far the fatty acids in coconut oil have huge health benefits. A ketogenic diet has been under close observation to see its various treatments for epilepsy. The diet consists of eating little carbs and large amounts of fat, increasing the concentration of ketone found in the blood. Since the MCTs present in coconut oil travel straight to the liver and turned into ketone bodies, it is often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis in children suffering from epilepsy.
Reduces Risks of Heart Disease
In many countries coconut oil is highly present in many dishes and that is not for any reason. Coconut oil‘s high concentration of saturated fats leads to increased levels of HDL, while helping to transform LDL Cholesterol (the bad kind) into a less threatening subtype of cholesterol. More studies are being conducted to truly demonstrate these benefits.
Coconut oil has many benefits for people suffering with dry skin. In our case, we use coconut oil as makeup remover as well as daily moisturizer and have seen dramatic improves. Where some other creams swear to solve dry skin, this natural product has done miracles for us! A study has also shown that the use of coconut oil can block up to 20% of ultraviolet rays, making it a great companion to your sunscreen!
Coconut oil is not only great for your skin but its natural properties are excellent for dental hygiene. The Lauric acid present in coconut oil makes it a great mouthwash and can make your breath smell better. Ancient household remedies known as oil-pulling, have shown that swishing a natural, high-quality oil in your mouth for a few minutes a day, would shown many health benefits. The belief is that plaque and other bacteria that live in our mouths break down better in fats than they do in water. More research is still required but if we look at the simple benefits that coconut oil can do for our skin, we would not be surprised of the benefits it can do for our mouth.
Treatment for Diabetes
Can coconut oil really help treatment of diabetes? Some professionals have said that coconut oil is one of the fats that diabetics can eat without fear. Coconut oil helps regulate blood sugar, thus help lessen the effects of the disease. Many people from the islands who have been consuming coconut oil for generations have shown no signs of diabetes.
When people ask us how our skin so smooth and how we got rid of our pimples, our answer has always been the same – coconut oil! Coconut oil easily absorbs into the skin, deeply moisturizing the skin. The combination of the bacteria killing Lauric acid and deep moisturizing can make your skin healthier and is even effective in treating symptoms of eczema. We highly recommend trying out some coconut oil on your skin for a good month and you will see a noticeable change!
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