Should I Take Coconut Oil? Here Are The Top 10 Health Facts
Whether you want to cook with coconut oil using our best coconut oil recipes or buy it in bulk to save money, you will join the many people who classify Coconut oil or Copra Oil as a “super food”.
Because of the fact that there are numerous health benefits to Coconut Oil that have significant scientific backing, it has many fans around the world.
The Western World is waking up to this too.
It’s unique combination of fatty acids which are a healthy type of saturated fat. It is the unhealthy trans-fats which increase cholesterol levels of the body and cause heart problems such as heart disease.
Coconut has numerous health benefits such as increasing the metabolic rate of the body by converting fats in the body into energy as well as reducing sugar cravings which lead to weight loss.
Here are the top 10 health facts about coconut oil that you should know about.
1. Healthy Fatty Acids
Coconut oil is made up of healthy fatty acids which have health benefits.
Coconut oil has received a lot of criticism in the past because of the fact that it has saturated fats.
However, the saturated fats that are contained in coconut oil are much less than the saturated fats contained in daily products such as cheese, dairy, margarine or even in foods such as steak and fries.
Studies have proven that coconut oil is one of the best sources of saturated fat because of the fact that about 90% of the fatty acids contained in coconut oil are saturated.
Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are simply medium-length fatty acids.
These MCTs unlike Long Chain fatty acids go straight to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy used by the body or converted into ketone bodies where they help in the great improvement of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Epilepsy.
2. The People of The South Pacific Are Healthy
People who consume a lot of coconut oil are the healthiest people on Earth. Coconut oil is quite popular in the European countries, where it is mainly consumed by people who are health conscious.
However, in some parts of the world coconut oil has been consumed as a normal part of people’s diet for very many centuries.
For example, in the South Pacific it has been a normal part of people's dietfor many generations.
These people in the South Pacific who have consumed coconut oil for generations have above average good health with fewer illnesses such as heart disease, weight disorders or obesity.
3. Increased Metabolism
Coconut oil increases your metabolism thus helping you burn more fat. Coconut oil has been proven to increase the metabolic rate of your body thus facilitating your body to burn more fat.
This helps prevent obesity which has been said to be a major health problem all over the world. Most people have the perception that obesity is nothing but a matter of calories but tend to overlook the sources of calories which are actually the major cause of obesity.
The MCTs contained in coconut oil tend to increase the metabolic rate of the body coming to a total of about 120 calories per day.
4. Anti-bacterial Properties
The Lauric Acid contained in coconut oil aids the killing of bacteria. Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid, which helps in the killing of viruses, bacteria and other infections.
When coconut oil is digested, it leads to the formation of a monoglyceride known as monolaurin which kills bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Coconut oil has been proven to fight one of the most common fungi called Candida Albicans, which causes yeast infection in humans.
5. Appetite Suppression
Coconut oil facilitates hunger suppression. Coconut oil makes you eat less without realising it because of the fact that it supresses your hunger.
The way in which the fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolised causes a reduction in appetite as a result of the ketone bodies.
Studies have shown that when people consume MCTs in coconut oil as opposed to the long chain fatty acids, the people who consume the MCTs during a meal at lunchtime end up having a very light dinner as a result.
Their appetite has been suppressed lightly which is caused by the consumption of MCTs. This can cause a significant decrease in weight over a long period of time.
6. Reduction Of Seizures
Ketones in coconut oil can lead to the reduction of seizures. Studies have shown that when coconut oil is converted into ketones, these ketones help in the reductions of seizures.
In order for this to occur, you would need to reduce the intake of fats and carbohydrates and increase the intake of coconut oil from which ketones are produced.
Absorption of ketones into the blood can greatly reduce seizures
especially in children born with epilepsy, this can eliminate epilepsy and thus they may end up growing up to be non-epileptic.
This also applies to adults who are epileptic because a high intake of ketones in their diet can greatly reduce the frequency of their seizures.
7. Lowering Cholestorol Levels
Coconut oil can help to lower cholesterol levels. Coconut oil helps to lower your cholesterol levels which lower your chances of getting heart disease.
This is because it contains saturated fats that are completely harmless to the body unlike other fats.
These saturated fats contained in coconut oil greatly lower cholesterol levels by converting the bad or harmful cholesterol in the body into good cholesterol.
Coconut oil is therefore healthier than other oils such as corn oil or soybean oil.
8. Moisturizing Properties
Coconut oil helps in skin moisturizing as well as protecting the hair from damage.
Coconut oil does not always have to be consumed for it to have numerous health benefits. It is also used for cosmetic purposes which also serve health purposes.
It serves as a type of sun screen by acting as a moisturizer which protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun, thus resulting in healthier skin.
It also helps protect the hair from damage from the sun’s heat. Coconut oil also helps in the development of healthy gums and teeth as well as killing disease causing bacteria by gargling it as a mouth wash.
9. Brain Function
Coconut oil increases brain development and function. Coconut oil helps in the great improvement of brain function in Alzheimer’s patients and others with brain function issues.
I have personally seen it increase brain function in children with learning disabilities.
This is because ketones that originate from coconut oil supply the brain with plenty of energy thus improving the performance of brain cells.
This then leads to the reduction of symptoms causing Alzheimer’s and other conditions that impair brain function.
10. Body Fat Reduction
Coconut oil helps in the loss of dangerous body fat. It helps in the loss of dangerous fat especially fat that deposits itself in your abdominal cavity.
Abdominal fat is the most dangerous fat
Most people carry around some of this in various proportions. As it is so dangerous, with a consistent and low intake of coconut oil this fat can be greatly reduced.
Studies have shown that women who have abdominal obesity have greatly reduced this obesity in a period of about 3-4 months by taking about 30-40 ml of coconut oil per day.
Of course, this intake does need to be accompanied by an appropriate exercise regime.
I hope that I have answered a few questions that will help you to decide if you should use coconut oil.
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