Coconut oil used to be considered terrible for your health because it is a saturated fat. It still is but new research shows that it is a “functional food” that provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconuts are a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that have been staple foods in many countries around the world for centuries. Coconuts are known to be rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and it is only recently that modern science has unlocked the secrets to “The Tree of Life’s” amazing healing powers.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Some of the benefits of coconut oil are:
- Promotes heart health
- Promotes weight loss when and if you need it
- Supports the immune system
- Supports a healthy metabolism
- Provides an immediate energy source
- Helps to keep skin healthy and youthful looking
- Supports proper functioning of the thyroid gland
A Heart Healthy Fat
Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs). There are numerous reasons why long-chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFAs in coconut oil. MCFAs do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect your heart, as they help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease.
“increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels”
Coconut oil’s lauric acid increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. It lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need. Coconut can help restore normal thyroid function, which is significant because sub-optimal thyroid function contributes to higher levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
Studies have shown that coconut oil can help your body mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria, and can help fight off yeast, fungus and candida. Plus, individuals who eat coconut oil tend to have improved insulin use which means better blood sugar control. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, endurance and energy. It also improves digestion and helps absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
“can help your body mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria, and can help fight off yeast, fungus and candida”
Adding Coconut Oil to Your Diet
One of the wonderful things about coconut oil is that it has a very high smoke point which means it can be used at very high temperatures. It can be easily used when sautéing greens and vegetables. Recipes using coconut oil for flaky pastry crusts, cakes and brownies abound online. Roasting veggies will never be the same again as coconut oil enhances a yummy caramelized flavor. Adding coconut oil to fruit smoothies and to oatmeal for creaminess and flavor are other ways to include it in your diet. Lastly, popping popcorn with coconut oil is a favorite for many. Step out of your comfort zone and give this delicious oil a chance. You won’t regret it!
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