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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    • SamDal on August 22, 2017 at 1:19 am
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    I had just read more negative stuff about coconut oil on social media the last week or so, so thank you for clarifying this with actual facts based on scientific studies!

    People in the tropics have been using coconuts and their oils for centuries and are some of the healthiest and most beautiful people on the planet so the only reason it had a bad reputation recently was because of that magic word: saturated fat

    I use it daily on my hair and personal hygiene and it’s absolutely amazing as well as non toxic compared to chemically infused products out there.

    • Kyle on August 22, 2017 at 1:23 am
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    Yes!!
    The world of coconut oil!… I’m all about it!
    I started using it a few years back for cooking and coconut oil has found its way into so many other aspects of my life.

    When it comes to health and fitness, it doesn’t get much better than coconut oil, it truly is a bit of a miracle food.

    I have yet to use it in my hair but I’m sure I’ll get to that point soon! 🙂

    • Michelle on August 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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    Excellent article coconut oil and such a staple in my house. We use it for everything me and my children have dreadlocks and we use it for our lives we use it the bath with we eat it we use it to cook with it is just a multi-purpose oil and definitely a superfood I think many more people need to know about this and they could benefit from knowing all of the great uses for coconut oil. Please continue to make this information and other information available to us. Because we need it. Great article and I look forward to hearing more from you thank you.

    • al on August 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    Hey Primo, yes, I too am a big fan of coconut oil for all the reasons that you mention. It’s my go-to cooking oil. I can’t believe people are still cooking with olive oil, which is best reserved as a dressing.

    I’ve also replaced cow milk with coconut milk, which includes the oil, when it comes to drinking tea and coffee. It actually tastes very nice and sweetens the taste somewhat.

    • Yulia on August 24, 2017 at 5:34 am
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    I’m a coconut oil addict! a year ago I heard about the benefits of the oil and decided to get a jar to use on my skin instead of a body lotion, and the results are amazing! my skin looks healthier and very soft. today this is the only thing i’m using for my skin and ended up eating eat,cooking with it, put it on my hair, for tanning and after, great product, great article!

    • Amazon LaShaun on August 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm
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    I knew it was anti-microbial because I work in a mattress store and one of our pillows is infused with coconut oil. That gives it a nice coconut scent and it also makes the pillow resistant to microorganisms.

    I didn’t know it was good for Osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s too. That’s good to know. That was an eye opening article.

    • Abby on August 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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    Great article! I use coconut oil in everything!! I have several friends that also use it as a mouth wash and say it helps whiten their teeth! I am going to have to try that out!
    I plan to try and use it on my daughters hair this weekend! After a summer of swimming, her hair has been ruined by all of the chemicals!

    1. Thank you so much Abby, it is impressive all the things you can do with this amazing oil. It tis truly a miracle oil.

    • Daniella on August 26, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    Hi there,
    Wow, I am completely impressed by this article!
    I bought organic coconuts oil to cook and not long time a go I’ve read somewhere that coconuts oil raise the level of cholesterol. As I am suffering from cholesterol, I’ve got scared to use coconuts oil. Now that I read your article, I am reassured. I didn’t know that coconuts oil has so many benefits. Great to know!
    Thank you for this excellent article!

    1. Thank you so much Daniella, I’m very glad to know you have decided to give coconut oil another chance. Here is a very good article that can give you more in-depth information from a medical prospective.

      http://drhyman.com/blog/2016/0

    • Marcus on August 27, 2017 at 3:47 am
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    I have some “delicate” facial skin haha. It often feels a bit dry after I have showered.

    Coconut oil really does a great job to sort that out, and I have been using it for several years now.

    As I have been a fan of natural remedies for my skin for a long time, before I realized coconut oil was the best for me, I tried out many different essential oils. Nothing ever worked out as well as coconut oil though.

    1. Thank you so much Marcus for your testimony it is awesome to know all the people that are benefiting from this awesome oil.

    • Austin on August 27, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    I have always loved coconut oil for its benefits. My wife doesn’t like me using it because everything ends up having a light coconut flavor. But I have always believed that coconut is very healthy for you despite some reports telling you to shy away from it. My sister uses it as a moisturizer as well. Great review!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, The only oils you will find in my kitchen are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil. The same goes for oils on my wife’s dresser and in our bathroom.  The Health and beauty benefits of all three are awesome.

    • Dan Santiago on September 2, 2017 at 11:00 am
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    Like to see more
    Healthy of the oil.

    1. Thank you so much. please stay tuned for more Health tips on this subject and others.

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