What’s so healthy about Coconut Oil?

Coconut OilIs coconut oil the super food of the 21st century?

I was being skeptical each time I added a spoonful of coconut oil to my everyday meal because of the controversial facts everywhere regarding the health benefits of coconut oil. Some were strongly supporting the fact that coconut oil is the next super food while others were turning it down because of its high saturated fat content. Over 1500 Pubmed (1) articles have been published to answer this huge dilemma and the benefits have proven to outperform the tiny fraction of cons.

Here are the Top 7 reasons why you should add a jar of coconut oil to your kitchen/bathroom cupboard

1. Is it heart friendly?

The American Heart Association recommends restricting the saturated fat content in your daily diet close to 13 grams per day which is roughly equal to the amount found in about one tablespoon of coconut oil.

Coconut oil constitutes more than 90% of saturated fat from its total fat content and most of those are medium chain fatty acids. Although MCTs in coconut oil can increase your total cholesterol levels, most of it will contribute for the rise of HDL or “Healthy” cholesterol levels and decrease the LDL levels by converting them to good cholesterol which is good news for your cardiovascular system (2).

Furthermore, total cholesterol level is not a precise indicator of stroke or coronary illness (3). So, there’s nothing to fear about saturated fat, as long as you get it from solid sources like coconut oil, which naturally defeats the unhealthy sources. Inflammation is the cause for onset of most of these diseases and coconut oil is highly anti-inflammatory, making it heart friendly (4).

Based on these facts, as Coconut oil lovers we can come to a conclusion that coconut oil is healthier for your heart than animal based products that contain high levels of trans fat (unhealthy fat).

Coconut oil is heart friendly!

Lose Belly Fat2. Helps to lose belly fat

Tired of following strict diets to lose your belly fat? Coconut oil has always been there to help you!

Medium chain fatty acids when compared with other fatty acids can be quickly metabolized by the body cells. So, you’re more likely to burn them instead of storing in the body. Researchers have found that
coconut oil has the ability to increase the thyroid function which in turn increases the body’s metabolic rate and assists your body in burning fat (5). This is the reason why most people living in tropical countries do not develop belly fat though they consume high levels of coconut oil in their daily diet.

However coconut oil is not a freebie food that can be consumed as you wish. So think wisely and eat healthy!

3. A natural antibiotic

Did you know that people in tropics received a natural protection against bacteria from coconut oil, even during the times when antibiotics were not found?

This was all because of its high content of MCT, Lauric acid. When digested, Lauric acid forms monolauric acid, both which in turn account for the antibacterial properties of coconut oil (6, 7).

So, you can use coconut oil as an ointment on the infected areas of your body after a shower to reduce the itchiness or add a spoonful of coconut oil to your daily diet to improve protection against stomach ulcers caused by pathogenic bacteria. It’s also kills oral bacteria and just by swishing oil in your mouth at least three times a week can help you to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.

4. Prevents Osteoporosis

Are you suffering from post-menopausal osteoporosis? Adding a few spoonful of coconut oil to your daily meals will help you reverse the effect.

Free radicals and oxidative stress are the main risk factors for osteoporosis. Since coconut oils are rich in polyphenols which exert anti-oxidative properties, it is being recognized as a promising natural treatment for osteoporosis (8). Also, coconut oil can increase the absorption of calcium in the gut, which in turn increases the bone density and structure.

5. Prevent Alzheimer’s

Coconut oil is a brain food!

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease which occurs in the old age in which brain cells fail to metabolize glucose. It is the primary source of energy for brain and Alzheimer patients solely depend on ketones as the alternative energy source. Ketones are a byproduct of fat metabolism. So, the ketones produced when digesting fats in coconut oil will provide an alternative source of energy for such patients reducing their Alzheimer symptoms (9, 10). Also, coconut oil has proven its potential in reducing the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even for ones who haven’t had success with different types of drugs (11).

Gift a jar of coconut oil to your grandparents to keep them away from Alzheimer’s!

6. Great for your skin

Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer, a cleanser, a sun screen and most importantly a natural anti-ager due to its high anti-oxidant content. Caprylic and lauric acids in coconut oil have the ability to reduce inflammation from both internally and externally and moisturize the skin, making coconut oil the best choice for any sort of skin condition such as burns, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis (12).

Take one tablespoon of coconut oil with berries for breakfast or apply it directly to smooth your skin and naturally reduce the speed of your growing wrinkles!

Skin Care7. Great for your hair

Avoid using harmful chemical products for your hair and switch to this super natural hair booster! Coconut oil is the secret of the long, fast growing, shiny and thick hair of the ancient women in tropical countries.

Unlike other oils, coconut oil can be easily absorbed into the hair shaft because of its long straight structure given by the MCT, lauric acid. Nowadays it is used as a component in many hair care products to moisturize and condition, to detangle, to stimulate faster growth, remove dandruff and many other purposes (13).

What other coconut oil health benefits have I forgotten? Share your favorites in the comments below! Meanwhile, don’t forget to add a jar of coconut oil to your shopping list to experience these amazing health benefits for yourself.

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The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

Health Benefits of Olive OilWhat’s so healthy about Olive oil?

This time round from our “What’s so healthy about?” article series, I’m going to focus on the incredible health benefits a bottle of olive oil can offer you. It must be surprising for you to know that olive oil is super versatile having numerous benefits, not just being a cooking-oil but a medicine, a cosmetic product and much more.

History of the olive oil extends beyond 5000 B.C, first cultivated in the Near East region and then slowly being spread to the western part of the world across the Mediterranean Sea. Greeks in the ancient times believed that Olive oil was a gift bestowed upon them by the Goddess Athena and they used olives for their religious rituals.

During the 6th and 7th century it was prohibited to cut Olive trees and the punishment was death. A Greek Poet, Homer who emphasized the value of olive oil through his immortal poems, regarded it as the “liquid gold”. Today countries which are located close to the Mediterranean Sea have claimed the honor of producing the best olive oil in the world.

But unfortunately over 98% of olive oil in the market today has been found to be not truly virgin, which is terrible! Either they have been washed with soy bean oil or Canola oil to increase the texture without knowing the fact that they’re producing toxic materials (1). Because of these fake products; many have lost their confidence about the amazing health benefits olive oil can offer. So, at the end of this article I’ll guide you through the process of choosing some true virgin olive oil for your kitchen cupboard.

Here are the TOP seven reasons why YOU should have a truly virgin bottle of olive oil in your kitchen.

1. Heart friendly oil

Mediterranean populations, who grow and consume Olive oil, are claiming the honor of having the lowest records for cardiovascular disorders in the world. Olive oil is generally known to be high in monounsaturated fat (Healthy fat) which helps to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL (Unhealthy) cholesterol levels, and may likewise help reduce the risk of heart diseases and strokes. It contains zero trans-fats (Unhealthy fats) and is exceptionally low in saturated fats (unhealthy fats) than any other ordinary fatty products, for example, Butter and margarine. Basically, olive oil is a standout among all other oily products found in the market which adds healthy fat to your diet while reduce the risks of high blood pressure, heart diseases and strokes.

2. Olive oil is brainy

Did you know that Olive oil can be a potential cure for your depression? According to a group of researchers from Spain, a diet rich in olive oil can prevent us from mental illnesses such as depression and Alzheimer’s (2). Olive oil can increase the brain serotonin levels, a compound that acts as an anti-depressant. So, by adding a few spoonful of olive oil to your everyday meals will not only make you fit physically but mentally as well. Polyphenols a powerful anti-oxidant found in Olive oil will prevent the brain from pumping up oxidative stress during old age and reduce the cognitive decline (3) giving higher hopes to prevent Alzheimer’s disease which in turn help you to lead a mentally fit autumn in your life.

Weight Loss3. Helps to lose a few Pounds

Losing weight was never an easy task. But what if I told you that you can lose a few pounds by adding a few spoonful of Olive oil to your monthly diet plan? A research done by Harvard School of Public Health had supported this school of thought about the efficacy of olive oil in aiding weight loss (4).

4. Fights against Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone degenerative disease commonly manifested during the old age which makes your bones brittle. Studies have proven the potential benefits of adding olive oil to your daily meals to prevent Osteoporosis, especially for postmenopausal women (5). In another study that was conducted among men who followed a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil was found to have high levels of osteocalcin in their blood, an indicator of healthy bones.

So, if you were thinking that taking calcium pills will only make your bones stronger, here’s news! Olive oil will be your new bone friendly eatable.

Beauty5. Promotes healthy skin

When it comes to beauty, most of the women love to choose natural products over artificial cosmetic applications.

Olive oil has powerful anti-aging properties due to its high Vitamin E content and protects the skin from serious disease conditions like psoriasis and skin cancer while treating inflammation and acne as well (6).

Also, olive oil can be used as a natural makeup remover and a light scrub. Rather than spending your money on highly toxic chemical containing cosmetic products, grab a bottle of olive oil to achieve that flawless skin of your dreams.

6. Helps prevent breast cancer

A group of researchers at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain found that unlike other vegetable oils, Olive Oil has some potential ability to prevent breast cancers by encouraging tumor cell death, preventing DNA damage, and triggering changes in protein signaling pathways (7).

7. A long silky hair

Did you ever dream of having long healthy tresses just like Rapunzel’s? Yes, you’re guessing right. Olive oil will make that dream come true!

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E that helps to fight against hair loss. It is also rich in other nutrients like magnesium, zinc, calcium, and B vitamins that aid hair growth. It’s not just about eating the stuff; olive oil can significantly enhance the appearance and well-being of hair essentially through direct application. Applications of olive oil as a hair care product are abundant. It can be used as a lotion, to detangle hair, to remove dandruff, as hair oil and the sky is the limit from there.

Shopping for Olive OilHow to choose a quality bottle of Olive oil

To achieve the maximum nutrition out of the bottle of olive oil you are buying, you need to concentrate on the following factors.

  •  It ideally shouldn’t be older than 1 year.
  • It should be labeled as “Extra Virgin”.
  • Color is not a pointer of freshness though few people think a solid green tint implies better quality; however some olive types can be greener than others for no reason and some high quality oils have a golden color.
  • Buy olive oil in a container that shields the oil from light. That could be dull glass or a tin.
  • Extra virgin olive oil has an extraordinary flavor and freshness. Olive oil should give a fruity taste and smell like olives and some describe top-notch olive oil as “peppery.”

Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils available in the market. It’s great for your heart, your brain, your hormones, your skin, etc…. But it has to be TRUE extra virgin olive oil.

So, grab yours now and start experiencing these amazing health benefits of olive oil, till we meet again with another “What’s so healthy about article”.

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What’s so healthy about Avocado Oil?

Avocado Oil Health BenefitsAvocado is not just a fruit!

Little did I know when I was enjoying the nourishing taste of the Avocado flesh as a child that I might ever encounter its goodness as packed into one single bottle of Avocado oil. So, while digging deep searching for the mysteries within this amazing product, I found that the health benefits avocado oil can offer are no match to any other oil found in the market. That’s amazing, right?

Avocado oil is extracted from the flesh of Avocado fruit, giving the same amount of nutrition and goodness to your everyday dish just as an Avocado fruit would do. With regard to cooking, there’s no oil like Avocado Oil. Light in taste and high in sound monounsaturated fats, it’s stuffed with vitamins and minerals (1), and a great degree of flexibility in everyday usage.

Here are SEVEN great reasons why YOU should give it a try too.

  • An artery cleansing oil

Most of my friends used to say NO to this nutrient rich avocado oil because of their high fat content, and thinking that they have more fat than whatever other organic product. But little did they knew it’s for the most part monounsaturated fat, a healthy kind of fat that increases your HDL (2, 3) levels, or “GOOD” cholesterol levels to enhance the artery & heart well being. The American Heart Association says that, “Monounsaturated fats help diminish “BAD” cholesterol (LDL) levels in your blood and lower your danger of heart disease and stroke”, while discarding all those misconceptions we had in the past about Avocado fats. Avocado oil is said to have the same nutritional value of olive oil thus being called the “Olive oil of Americans”.

So, let’s say YES to Avocado oil!

  • Avocado oil Health BenefitsA perfect natural Anti-ager

Why look for expensive anti-aging cosmetics, when you have this amazing anti-aging formula at hand in your kitchen cupboard? Megan Faletra, an integrative registered dietitian (4) says that avocado oil is loaded with the antioxidants like vitamin E more than olive oil, giving a vast range of skin benefits. Vitamin E will battle against the free radical harm caused by sun rays and exposure to environmental pollutants and help in fighting off wrinkles and reducing the risk of skin cancers. Also, its thick oily texture helps to keep the skin more hydrated and smooth eventually giving you a flawless healthy skin.

  • Boosts the nutritional value of other foods in your diet

You can pair your everyday veggies and fruits with avocado oil to uplift their nutritional value by several folds. To be specific, ones that contain carotenoids (5) (a red or orange pigment present in most plants, with antioxidant properties to increase eye, heart and skin health) like lycopene and lutein, which are found in carrots, spinach, and tomatoes. Since these plant sources are lacking in fat content, combining them with healthy fatty acid rich avocado oil has proven to increase the carotenoid absorption by as high as 15 times (6), reported by one Journal of Nutrition. What’s more, since it’s contains fat; it’ll also enhance the absorption of other fat-dissolvable vitamins like vitamins A, D, and K (mostly found in leafy greens).

Is anyone up for a steamed veggie salad with Avocado oil dressing?

Think smart and eat healthy! Combine our Avocado oil with your everyday meals and extract the maximum nutrition out of what you eat.

  • Avocado Oil Health BenefitsGreat for a silky smooth hair

Both ingesting and massaging your scalp with Avocado oil has proven to give you a long shiny undamaged hair. It can not only enhance the growth of hair, but also increases the shine and texture as well, in addition to repairing and strengthening it, which makes it claim the credit of a natural hair protector (7).

It’s not just about eating the stuff; avocado oil can significantly enhance the appearance and well-being of hair essentially through direct application. Applications of avocado oil as a hair care product are abundant. It can be used as a lotion, to untangle hair, to remove dandruff, as a hair oil and the sky is the limit from there.

  • A belt-shrinker

Never underestimate your belly fat! It’s a far more of a nuisance than just being a belt fastener and it’s one of the major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. When I heard that Avocado can reduce belly fat, I was quite confused how a fruit with high fat content could even be considered under the topic of weight loss?

But it seems that researchers have found that supplanting conventional oils that are rich in oleic unsaturated fats (8), with avocado oil can help diminish belly fat. A Penn State research group found that people who expended 40 grams of oils that were rich in oleic acids, for example, avocado oil, brought down belly fat by a normal of 1.6 percent contrasted with the individuals who ingested oleic acid free oil. Moreover, avocado is known to control calorie intake; reported by an investigation published in Nutrition Journal found that people who ate avocado had a 40 percent diminished level of calorie intake in between the meals contrasted with those that did not eat avocado. Combine your daily exercise routing with Avocado oil to boost the results for a flat belly.

  • Natural remedy for arthritis

Did you know that Avocado oil when consolidated with soybean oil, is a potent remedy which has achieved the drug prescription status in France, with the capability of fighting against osteoarthritis? Three studies have proven that an avocado oil-soybean oil mix can help to enhance the side effects related with joint inflammation, particularly in the hips and knees (9, 10, 11).

This is my favorite feature of Avocado oil, though it’s not directly under health benefits. Avocado oil has an unbiased flavor and a super high smoke point of around 500°F (12) (Normal olive oil’s smoke point is around 460°F. EVOO will hit the smoking point at 320°F.). That makes it an incredible go-to for any cooking method, from sautéing to flame broiling. Cold pressed avocado oil has a nutty, rich taste that is a pleasant replacement option to the standard EVOO (13). Despite being a little pricier, delicious taste plus packed nutrient value pays the price off. Try adding a spoonful to your smoothie, showering it over plates of mixed greens or simmered vegetables, or using it instead of olive oil in tahini sauce.

Wow! That’s a lot right? Although these were my favorite ones, Health benefits of Avocado oil are endless.

Till we meet again for another yummy healthy post, boost your health by adding a bottle of Avocado oil to your kitchen cupboard.

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Grass Fed Beef or Conventional Beef? – Which is healthier?

One of the most important questions you can ask about the Primal diet is rather or not to consume Grass-Fed Beef or Conventional Beef. Now we all have heard the old saying “You are what you eat”. This is not just true for us Humans, but it also holds true for the animals that provide the meat we eat.

Scientific Studies.

Various scientific studies have been made that wholeheartedly agree that Grass Fed Beef is highly beneficial to your health (1, 2). Grass Fed Beef has a more desirable Saturated Fatty Acid lipid profile as compared to Conventional Beef.

it is also higher (about 2 – 3 times more than Conventional Beef) in conjugated linoleic acid and trans-vaccenic acid (3, 4) which helps in the reduction of Cancer tumors such as Breast, Colorectal, Lung, Skin, and Stomach. It also helps with reducing the symptoms of Asthma, Cardiovascular disease, High blood pressure, High cholesterol and triglycerides, Osteoporosis, Insulin resistance, Inflammation, Immune system invaders, among others.

Grass-fed beef tends to be lower in overall fat content, an important consideration for those people interested in decreasing overall fat consumption. Because of these differences in Fatty Acid content, grass-fed beef also has a distinct grass flavor and unique cooking qualities that should be considered when making the transition from Conventional Beef.

Polyunsaturated Fats

Grass Fed Beef is also higher in Omega-3 fatty acids resulting in a better omega-6:omega-3 ratio that is preferred by nutritionists. In Grass Fed Beef  this ratio is about 1.53:1, while in Conventional Beef the ratio is a whopping 7.65:1.  Grass-fed beef is also higher in precursors for Vitamin A and E and cancer fighting antioxidants such as GT (glutathione) and SOD (superoxide dismutase) as compared to grain-fed beef.

Saturated Fats

As far as Saturated fat is concerned, the three main types of saturated fats found in red meat are stearic acid, palmitic acid, and myristic acid. Grass Fed Beef consistently contains a higher proportion of stearic acid, which even the mainstream scientific community acknowledges does not raise blood cholesterol levels. This higher proportion of stearic acid means that grass-fed beef also contains lower proportions of palmitic and myristic acid, which are more likely to raise cholesterol.  On the other hand Conventional Beef is higher on palmitic and myristic acids and lower on stearic acid.

Other Important Nutrients

Grass Fed Beef also contains higher levels of beneficial nutrients, including zinc, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium. (5) It’s safe to say that Grass Fed Beef gives you more bang for your buck on all fronts, with its significantly higher levels of omega-3s, antioxidants, minerals, and other important nutrients.

Conclusion

Grass Fed Beef and Conventional Beef have the same amount of omega-6 fats, cholesterol, and total polyunsaturated fats.

One of the most important health markers is your omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio.  A  healthy ratio is 2:1 and make sure the omega-6 you eat is mostly uncooked.  Most Americans have a ratio of 20:1 to 30:1.  Along with other dietary measures, consuming Grass Fed Beef will help improve this ratio. Grass Fed Beef have more omega-3’s, CLA, and TVA.  Grass Fed Beef has more antioxidants, and a broader spectrum of healthy fats.  The higher antioxidant content in Grass Fed Beef will also protect the omega-3’s and omega-6’s from oxidizing.

 

Hope this information will help you make a wise choice in order to lead a more healthier and fulfilling live.  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion on Grass Fed Beef vs Conventional Beef.

Primal and Paleo – What are the Differences?

MariagePrimal and Paleo is like a marriage. They are two different people which have more things in common than the things that differentiate them. And both feeling mutual love and respect for one another,

The Paleo diet and the Primal Lifestyle are both rooted on similar evolutionary sciences. An introduction would go more or less like this. Our modern diet bears little or no resemblance to that of our ancestors several 100,000 years ago. As a mater of fact since the Agricultural Revolution 10,000 years ago, we have acquired eating habits that our bodies have had a hard time adjusting to.  So when we re-adjust our eating habits to does of our pre-agricultural ancestors, we begin to work once again in favor of our physiology and not against it.

So as you can see the basic fundamental of both Primal and Paleo are the same. And we can find many other similarities in both.

Primal DietThey both believe in:

  • Eating tons of fruits and vegetables
  • Eating lots of protein
  • Avoiding grains
  • Eliminating Gluten
  • Eliminating Corn and all its derivatives
  • Doing away with High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Avoiding Sugars
  • Eliminating all processed foods
  • Enjoying Spirits, Wines and Beer once in a while

Now lets look at the differences which in reality there not that many. But they do serve to differentiate both.

  • I think the most important difference between the two is that the Primal Lifestyle works as a broad, holistic approach to living, not just eating, It also include a range of other factors such as sleep, exercise, social contact, mental stimulation, nature immersion, life fulfillment, light exposure and sun exposure. The Primal Lifestyle encompasses all these factors and turns it from a diet to a lifestyle.  On the other hand Paleo is basically a diet. Even though recently it has also included a holistic approach to its framework.
  • Paleo has an 85% / 15% rule where a person’s daily intake should be 85% fats and protein and 15% carbs from fruits and vegetables only. Primal has an 80% / 20% rule where the daily intake should be 80% fats and protein and 20% carbs from fruits, vegetables, with some dairy or legumes once in a while.
  • Paleo avoids dairy and all it’s derivative products. While Primal will let you enjoy raw, fermented dairy especially from grass-fed animals such as aged cheeses once in awhile.
  • Paleo avoids saturated fats and limit their intake of fatty meats, eggs and butter. Primal eaters are not afraid of saturated fats, and eggs are enjoyed freely.
  • Paleo avoids soy but Primal accepts fermented soy products and organic edamame.
  • Paleo avoids the intake of legumes but Primal allows for occasional intake of legumes
  • Paleo avoids coffee since in scientific terms is considered a legume. Primal encourages the consumption of coffee.

As you can see there are some differences between the two but the basic principal in both is the same.  If you are looking to start a Paleo diet maybe you should consider starting off with Primal and then work your way up to Paleo from there.

Hope you have enjoyed the article. If you have any questions or maybe need additional information go ahead an leave a comment and I will respond as soon as possible.

Aug 21 2017

What’s so healthy about Coconut Oil?

Coconut OilIs coconut oil the super food of the 21st century?

I was being skeptical each time I added a spoonful of coconut oil to my everyday meal because of the controversial facts everywhere regarding the health benefits of coconut oil. Some were strongly supporting the fact that coconut oil is the next super food while others were turning it down because of its high saturated fat content. Over 1500 Pubmed (1) articles have been published to answer this huge dilemma and the benefits have proven to outperform the tiny fraction of cons.

Here are the Top 7 reasons why you should add a jar of coconut oil to your kitchen/bathroom cupboard

1. Is it heart friendly?

The American Heart Association recommends restricting the saturated fat content in your daily diet close to 13 grams per day which is roughly equal to the amount found in about one tablespoon of coconut oil.

Coconut oil constitutes more than 90% of saturated fat from its total fat content and most of those are medium chain fatty acids. Although MCTs in coconut oil can increase your total cholesterol levels, most of it will contribute for the rise of HDL or “Healthy” cholesterol levels and decrease the LDL levels by converting them to good cholesterol which is good news for your cardiovascular system (2).

Furthermore, total cholesterol level is not a precise indicator of stroke or coronary illness (3). So, there’s nothing to fear about saturated fat, as long as you get it from solid sources like coconut oil, which naturally defeats the unhealthy sources. Inflammation is the cause for onset of most of these diseases and coconut oil is highly anti-inflammatory, making it heart friendly (4).

Based on these facts, as Coconut oil lovers we can come to a conclusion that coconut oil is healthier for your heart than animal based products that contain high levels of trans fat (unhealthy fat).

Coconut oil is heart friendly!

Lose Belly Fat2. Helps to lose belly fat

Tired of following strict diets to lose your belly fat? Coconut oil has always been there to help you!

Medium chain fatty acids when compared with other fatty acids can be quickly metabolized by the body cells. So, you’re more likely to burn them instead of storing in the body. Researchers have found that
coconut oil has the ability to increase the thyroid function which in turn increases the body’s metabolic rate and assists your body in burning fat (5). This is the reason why most people living in tropical countries do not develop belly fat though they consume high levels of coconut oil in their daily diet.

However coconut oil is not a freebie food that can be consumed as you wish. So think wisely and eat healthy!

3. A natural antibiotic

Did you know that people in tropics received a natural protection against bacteria from coconut oil, even during the times when antibiotics were not found?

This was all because of its high content of MCT, Lauric acid. When digested, Lauric acid forms monolauric acid, both which in turn account for the antibacterial properties of coconut oil (6, 7).

So, you can use coconut oil as an ointment on the infected areas of your body after a shower to reduce the itchiness or add a spoonful of coconut oil to your daily diet to improve protection against stomach ulcers caused by pathogenic bacteria. It’s also kills oral bacteria and just by swishing oil in your mouth at least three times a week can help you to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.

4. Prevents Osteoporosis

Are you suffering from post-menopausal osteoporosis? Adding a few spoonful of coconut oil to your daily meals will help you reverse the effect.

Free radicals and oxidative stress are the main risk factors for osteoporosis. Since coconut oils are rich in polyphenols which exert anti-oxidative properties, it is being recognized as a promising natural treatment for osteoporosis (8). Also, coconut oil can increase the absorption of calcium in the gut, which in turn increases the bone density and structure.

5. Prevent Alzheimer’s

Coconut oil is a brain food!

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease which occurs in the old age in which brain cells fail to metabolize glucose. It is the primary source of energy for brain and Alzheimer patients solely depend on ketones as the alternative energy source. Ketones are a byproduct of fat metabolism. So, the ketones produced when digesting fats in coconut oil will provide an alternative source of energy for such patients reducing their Alzheimer symptoms (9, 10). Also, coconut oil has proven its potential in reducing the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even for ones who haven’t had success with different types of drugs (11).

Gift a jar of coconut oil to your grandparents to keep them away from Alzheimer’s!

6. Great for your skin

Coconut oil is an amazing moisturizer, a cleanser, a sun screen and most importantly a natural anti-ager due to its high anti-oxidant content. Caprylic and lauric acids in coconut oil have the ability to reduce inflammation from both internally and externally and moisturize the skin, making coconut oil the best choice for any sort of skin condition such as burns, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis (12).

Take one tablespoon of coconut oil with berries for breakfast or apply it directly to smooth your skin and naturally reduce the speed of your growing wrinkles!

Skin Care7. Great for your hair

Avoid using harmful chemical products for your hair and switch to this super natural hair booster! Coconut oil is the secret of the long, fast growing, shiny and thick hair of the ancient women in tropical countries.

Unlike other oils, coconut oil can be easily absorbed into the hair shaft because of its long straight structure given by the MCT, lauric acid. Nowadays it is used as a component in many hair care products to moisturize and condition, to detangle, to stimulate faster growth, remove dandruff and many other purposes (13).

What other coconut oil health benefits have I forgotten? Share your favorites in the comments below! Meanwhile, don’t forget to add a jar of coconut oil to your shopping list to experience these amazing health benefits for yourself.

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