The benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil

What are the benefits of coconut oil? Today I’m going to look at why coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods in the world. There have been over 1500 scientific studies proving how healthy coconut oil is, so let’s look at the facts…

The secret to this fruits health benefits is the three medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), these are Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid. The make-up of bamboo is 91% saturated fat and 62% of medium chain fatty acids, this is ideal for a super healthy food source.

One of the most important benefits of coconut oil is how quickly it takes to digest and is turned into energy. Coconut oil goes through a 3 step process to turn into energy and fuel for the body, other fats take 26 steps to process!

The main benefits of medium chain fatty acids as opposed to long chain fatty acids (LCFA) are they are easier to digest, not stored as fat, anti-fungal and anti-microbial, smaller in size that allows for immediate energy and they are processed by the liver so no fat is stored.

The 10 best uses of coconut oil

Prevention of high blood pressure and heart disease; coconut oil has a high amount of natural saturated fats which increase healthy cholesterol (HDL) and this will convert bad cholesterol (LDL) into cholesterol that are good. The increase of HDL in the body lowers the exposure to heart disease and promotes a healthy heart.

Helps to fight cancer; coconut oil has special qualities that will help to prevent and fight cancer. These two factors are ketones and killing helicobacter pylori bacteria. Ketones are produced in the digestion of coconut oil and this helps prevent tumour cells from forming.

Boosts immune system; coconut oil contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral lauric acid which can fight bacteria and fight candida. When you are feeling sick try replacing sugar with coconut oil, sugar promotes the growth of bad bacteria. Many diseases are caused by bad bacteria, funguses, parasites and viruses in the body which makes coconut oil an excellent choice.

Endurance and energy improvement; eating coconut oil will produce more energy and increases the metabolism. The best coconut oil to take is non-processed which will send energy direct to the liver. Many athletes use coconut oil as part of their daily training regime and this increases their endurance in races.

Skin conditions improve; using coconut oil will improve skin conditions such as dandruff, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. The oil can also be used as a sun block, moisturizer and a face cleaner. The fatty acids present in coconut oil protect the skin, reduce inflammation and moisturize, this makes it perfect for healing the skin. The benefits of coconut oil on skin are clear and it is superb as moisturizer.

Helps weight loss; coconut oil can help to reduce weight by burning more fat, decreasing appetite and that can lead to losing stomach fat. Various studies have shown how MFCA helps to breakdown fat and lose weight similar to fasting.

Builds muscle; the MCFA present in coconut oil not only helps in losing weight, but it helps to build muscles. A lot of muscle building products contain coconut oil, the best way is to eat the actual coconuts rather dried coconut oil in a supplement powder.

Hair care; coconut oil is perfect for dry hair or dandruff, the fatty acids that are present in the oil will help with these conditions. There are many coconut oil shampoos and conditioners available either online or in health shops that you can buy.

Anti-aging; coconut oil can slow the aging process by improving the antioxidant levels which reduce the stress on the liver. Another by-product is that coconut oil can help with detoxification.

Hormone balance; the lauric acid present in coconut oil acts a natural hormone balance that is beneficial for estrogen levels and taking during the menopause. Saturated fats like lauric acid are an excellent source for naturally balance out hormones.

How to use coconut oil

The best way to use coconut oil is when you are cooking or making a smoothie. I tablespoon of coconut oil when you cooking, baking or making that smoothie will be enough and you can also apply the oil directly to your skin as a moisturizer and also apply the coconut oil for face too.

It is advised to buy extra virgin coconut oil as processed or refined coconut oil can be chemically altered during its refining process.

The benefits of coconut oil
The benefits of coconut oil

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