Benefits Of Coconut Oil

June 19, 2018

To date, there are many studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is considered a super food, a hidden gem filled with awesome benefits!

Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Some of these incredible benefits are:

  • Healthy hair and skin
  • Increase fat burning; that stubborn abdominal pouch
  • Can kill dangerous microorganisms
  • Can reduce hunger helping you curb your appetite
  • Coconut oil can help raise the good HDL cholesterol
  • Can boost brain power and cognition
  • Boosts digestion
  • Strengthens immune function
  • Keeps organs healthy
  • Helps with diabetes
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Dental care
  • Helps heal a damaged liver from alcoholism

Coconut oil is Medium chain fatty acids (MCT) made up of between 6 and 12 carbons. Medium-chain fatty acids can be absorbed and sent directly to the liver, where they are metabolized in much the same way as carbohydrates. This means they are very likely to be burned as fuel instead of being stored as fat. This has become popular for athletes, for energy and weight loss and putting on muscle mass. MCTs don’t need bile salts to be digested and can pass directly from the digestive system to the blood stream without being modified by digestion like long chain fats. This makes them easier to digest and utilize than long chain fatty acids.

Traditional wisdom also supports the regular use of coconut oil. It has been among the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. Coconut oil is made up of different benefiting compounds one being Lauric acid. Lauric acid makes up about 50% of the fatty acid in coconut fat. Lauric acid fights bacteria and viruses. It has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.

The reason this is important is because Lauric acid is the precursor to a compound that does the body good – monolaurin. We are given monolaurin as newborns and throughout infancy through human milk, and this compound are a strong antimicrobial agent and stabilize cell walls. Monolaurin is the reason why you want to consume foods containing Lauric acid.

I would like to share how coconut oil has helped transform my life and ways of thinking, from being overweight and hurting to better shape, health and healing. I struggled for years with food addiction and being overweight, feeling sluggish and lethargic, struggling with depression and anxiety, feeling like I had no answers or help. I eventually said enough is enough I began going for walks every day and changing little food habits, for example, having water instead of pop. I eventually heard about the health benefits of coconut oil and began trying it for myself. It helped me lose weight and gain more energy as well as put on more muscle mass as I started to work out with weights, I was hooked! Then I started to feel better mentally as coconut oil is healthy for your brain. I started to see the light at the end of the dark tunnel. With healthy eating and exercise this awesome super food can really help you benefit in different aspects of your life, on the outside and on the inside. Coconut oil is still one of my main supplements to this day and I will continue taking for the rest of my life.

When looking for healthy non-treated coconut oil it is best to look for virgin coconut oil as many different kinds can be chemically treated losing some of their medicinal properties; look for organic, virgin or unrefined. Many commercial coconut oils are refined, bleached, and/or deodorized. You want to find coconut oil that smells and tastes like coconut. I hope you all can enjoy the benefits of this hidden gem and continue on your journey of improved health and wellness!

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Andrew Caton

Nutrition Coach

Hamilton

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