The Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

The healthiest oil that you can use on a daily basis is coconut oil.

Although coconut oil has always been a healthy food choice, its reputation suffered a great deal during the 80s and 90s when it was lumped together with other saturated fats as a cause of cardiovascular disease. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A great deal of research on the nutritional benefits of coconut oil has surfaced in recent years. Much of that research has been done by Dr Mary Enig who has classified coconuts as a ‘functional food’ which provides health benefits above and beyond the basic nutrients.

Coconut oil is known as the energy fat and is favoured by dieters, athletes and body builders. It is slightly lower in calories than most other fats and oils and is processed in the liver and converted directly into energy.

Coconut Oil May Speed Up Metabolism and Increase Energy

It’s true that 92 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are saturated. What many people don’t know is that over two-thirds of these saturated fatty acids are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). MCFAs are different from other varieties of saturated fatty acids in that as soon as they enter your bloodstream, they are taken to your liver where they are converted to energy. Whereas other dietary fats and even excess carbohydrates can be stored as fat in your cells, the MCFAs found in coconut oil provide an almost immediate source of energy and may actually speed up your metabolism.

Because of its potential ability to speed up metabolism, coconut oil is a good food choice for people with sluggish thyroid glands, as well as for people who find it difficult to shed unwanted weight.

The Safest Oil for Cooking

The high percentage of saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil makes it extremely stable when exposed to heat. Unlike almost all other vegetable oils, coconut oil contains virtually no trans fats, and is highly resistant to free radical formation when used for cooking at high temperatures. No other oil comes close to being as safe and healthy for cooking as coconut oil.

Coconut Oil May Help Those With Digestive Problems

Many people who have suffered with inflammatory conditions of the intestines like Crohn’s disease have successfully used coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Coconut oil’s ability to help improve the balance of microorganisms in the intestines is likely another reason why people who suffer with digestive centuries orders benefit from using it on a regular basis.

A Good All-Natural Moisturiser for Your Skin

In addition to its potential healing properties for your internal health, coconut oil makes for an exceptional skin moisturizer. First of all, it doesn’t contain any of the carcinogenic chemicals that are found in many commercial moisturizers. Secondly, coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin, where it can help to prevent free radical damage, wrinkling, and sagging. It may even be able to restore strength to the underlying connective tissue.

To summarize, here is some of what coconut oil may do for you:

  1. – Improve your energy
  2. – Reduce your risk of heart disease
  3. – Reduce your risk of cancer
  4. – Improve your digestion and ability to absorb nutrients
  5. – Promote weight loss and maintenance of your ideal weight
  6. – Help prevent bacterial, yeast, fungal, and viral infections
  7. – Support and enhance your immune system
  8. – Help regulate your blood sugar and prevent or control diabetes
  9. – Help prevent osteoporosis
  10. – Help prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
  11. – Help keep your skin smooth and soft
  12. – Help protect against skin cancer and blemishes

Coconut oil does NOT do any of the following:

  1. – Does NOT contribute to heart disease
  2. – Does NOT contribute to weight problems
  3. – Does NOT increase blood cholesterol
  4. – Does NOT promote platelet stickiness or blood clot formation
About the Author

Jackie Gilbert

Jackie is a Pilates, Nordic Walking, Method Putkisto and Yoga instructor based in North London. She specialises in reinstate natural body movement for her clients of all ages, always improving their understanding of their own bodies so that they are able to confidently incorporate this knowledge into everyday movement and normal lifestyle.

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