10 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, when consumed regularly, gives our bodies amazing benefits that enhance our health and appearance.
- Promotes Weight Loss:
As mentioned in “Is Coconut Oil Your New Best Friend?”, coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) travels directly to the liver to be burned for energy and not stored as fat.
A 2009 study found that women who consumed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks had significantly less abdominal fat by the end of the study.
- Lowers cholesterol:
Coconut oil is abundant in lauric acid, a component proven to increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood, improving the cholesterol ratio levels. Additionally, substituting your regular oil with coconut oil, eliminates additional cholesterol promoting elements from your daily diet without compromising the taste.
- Protects against heart disease:
Oxidation is considered a major contributor to cardiovascular problems and skin aging. Coconut oil has an antioxidant effect on the body, which means it helps it counteract the damage to other healthy fats and tissues in our body.
- Has potent anti-cancer properties:
The MCFAs component of coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it effectively prevents the spread of cancer cells. Along with its antioxidant effect that prevents the formation of harmful free radicals, it enhances the immune system. Source
- Helps balance blood sugar levels and stop cravings:
Coconut oil improves how the body uses insulin, which in turn regulates blood sugar. When blood sugar levels are balanced throughout the day, this eliminates the physical response for cravings.
- Provides a quick and easy source of nutrition:
Coconut oil is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is full of Vitamin B and potassium.
- Protects from infectious diseases causing bacteria, virus, and fungi:
The MCFA’s in coconut oil including lauric acid, caprylic acid, and others provide antimicrobial effect by disrupting bacterial, fungal, and viral cell membranes, leading to cell death. Source
- Helps clear eczema:
The MCFA’s contained in coconut oil, its anti-inflammatory properties and its moisturizing effect on the skin support the healing and repair of the skin and immune system. Regular use has been documented to treat eczema. Source
- Gives skin and hair a youthful, healthy, fresh look:
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for skin and hair. It has protective properties due to its vitamin E content and ability to reduce the absorption of toxins and pesticides through your skin makes.
- Cures Dandruff:
Dandruff is a type of fungus and since coconut oil is rich in anti-fungal properties it effectively reduces dandruff.
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