There’s a huge buzz around coconut oil at the moment, whether you’re using it on your skin, teeth or in your cooking – there are so many health benefits! Now I hear what you’re saying, ‘Isn’t coconut oil a saturated fat? And aren’t saturated fats bad for you?’ Yes, coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats, but whether or not saturated fats are harmful depends on who you ask…
If you ask us, all saturated fats are not created equal. We’ve been looking into the many reasons why you should think about adding coconut oil to your diet.
Don’t let allergies get you down this summer
Perhaps our favourite health benefit at the moment, coconut oil has emerged as yet another much-needed natural aid to alleviate allergies such as hay fever aid for those who suffer seasonally or chronically. Coconut oil also has been used to counter food allergies. If you suffer from food allergies, such as soy, wheat, gluten, peanuts, or dairy, you might find relief with coconut oil.
Put a spring in your step
Who doesn’t want some more energy? It has been demonstrated that coconut oil can have both short- and long-term energy level benefits both physically and mentally. Thanks to the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCT) present in coconut oil, which are processed and metabolised faster than sugar, coconut oil gives a sustained boost to energy. This means that you can been even more productive and enjoy these long summer evenings, with increased energy levels and mental focus.
Try adding coconut oil to your morning smoothies for a refreshing energy boost without the caffeine.
Say goodbye to acne
Who would have thought that the words ‘oil’ and ‘acne’ would be found in the same sentence, for a positive reason! Coconut oil has a natural antimicrobial effect meaning that it can also help to prevent and heal acne. The Lauric Acid content in the coconut oil is thought to survive digestion intact and enter the bloodstream where it is attracted to the oil glands in your skin and helps to reduce bacteria there, which reduces outbreaks of acne.
The weight loss benefits have supermodel approval
Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, is a huge coconut oil enthusiast, claiming recently that consumption of the oil helped her regain her model-figure shortly after giving birth to her first child.
Although coconut oil comprises of 90% saturated fat, nearly 60% is of this fat content is made up of MCT, which is extremely effective as boosting metabolism and helping shed extra weight.
Boost that immune system
By simply replacing your regular cooking oil with coconut oil, you can easily help your body fight off invaders. It contains Antimicrobial Lipids, Lauric Acid, Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties!
If a cold or flu does rear its ugly head, eating coconut oil can shorten the duration and ease the overall effects. Adding a spoonful to a steaming cup of tea is a perfect way to help get rid of congestion and a sore throat.
Give your liver a little TLC
We’re not saying that adding coconut oil to your diet can reverse the effects of over-indulging and a poor diet, but it can help to reduce the toxins that can lead to a sluggish liver. Thanks to, you guessed it, the MCT fats!
Improve your nutrient absorption
Coconut oil contains anti-microbial properties that can reduce infection and inflammation in the gut and intestines, making coconut oil a natural-digestion aid. And it doesn’t end there, as a result of a happy healthy gut, coconut oil has been known to increase vitamin and mineral absorption. Make those fruit and veggies count!
Say au revoir to Athelte’s Foot
The complex properties of coconut oil makes it natural and gentle anti-fungal treatment; used topically for Athelte’s foot and internally for yeast infections such as candida (the common yeast that lives in our gut). Studies* have shown that the three complex fatty acids found in coconut oil, Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid, have been found to be effective against candida infections.
* In vitro killing of Candida albicans by fatty acids and monoglycerides (2001) Bergsson G1, Arnfinnsson J, Steingrímsson O, Thormar H
It’s diabetic friendly
It may sound odd to hear that adding coconut oil to a diabetic diet can be a benefit, but it’s true! If you’re diabetic, adding this healthy fat to your diet can help regulate your blood sugar levels.
The MCT content helps slow the digestive process to ensure a steady, even stream of energy from your food by lowering the overall glycemic index of your meal.
*Warning: Please consult your doctor before radically changing your diet.
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