What’s The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil?

What's The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil?

The Case for Coconut Oil-

Coconut oil is finally beginning to get the respect it deserves as a smart alternative to other oils, because the Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil are staggering.

Coconut has been a nutritious diet staple for thousands of years. Despite the high fat concentration, those eating diets high in coconut products are typically found to be healthy and trim.

Populations around the world have thrived for countless generations, and continue to flourish eating massive amounts of coconut, with virtually no evidence of heart disease. Today they are considered among the healthiest people alive!

Coconut oil is unique in its structural make up due to its medium chain fatty acids. In fact it is the closest to those found in human breast milk. Medium chain fatty acids are more easily digested than fats found in other oils.

This is because they are processed directly in the liver and are immediately converted into energy. Being easily digested, they also tend to improve the absorption of other nutrients.

The “artery-clogging” data was a myth-new science evidence is showing that saturated fats are harmless

With almost all of the fatty acids in it being saturated, coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known. 

Many exhaustive studies on thousands of test subjects prove that the whole “artery-clogging” idea was incorrect and baseless, it is UNSATURATED fats that are primarily involved in heart disease, not the saturated fats, as you have been led to believe.

With both scientific and anecdotal evidence of amazing health benefits, including increased energy, weight loss, natural antibiotic activity, cholesterol reduction and insulin stabilization, a growing number of supporters including scientists, are touting the healing and restorative power of coconut, citing research and evidence to back their arguments.

Composed predominately of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), coconut oil could be considered the healthiest oil on earth. Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on your health.

 Coconut Oil  Benefits

  • Protects against heart disease.
  • Helps treat malnutrition- easy to digest and absorb.
  • Because of the antimicrobial effects of  lauric acid, and monolaurin, coconut oil kills disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses.
  • Helps diabetics- slows sugar release into the bloodstream.
  • Prevents strokes,brain disorders and can help to reduce seizure activity.The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which in turn can help reduce seizures in epileptic children.
  • Boosts metabolism and increases energy because it is more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat. 
  • Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase energy expenditure potentially leading to significant weight loss.
  • It improves the moisture and lipid content of the skin, and can also be very protective against hair damage.
  • It is effective as a sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

What's The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil?

Coconut Oil And Cooking

Highly susceptible to heat damage, vegetables oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and canola, otherwise known as polyunsaturated fats (Omega 6), are absolutely the worst oils to use in cooking. 

Actually, the healthiest oil to use for cooking is coconut oil. Instead of butter or extra-virgin olive oil, which in themselves are healthy fat/oils, there is only one oil that is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage and that is coconut oil.

Olive oil is a better monounsaturated fat and works great as a salad dressing but is not the best oil to cook with. Organic fresh butter is healthy as well, and is great for a variety of uses, however vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type of oil called for in recipes, if you still have any around, I would throw out. Even though I don’t fully recommend frying foods, if you must fry, by all means use coconut oil, it’s your smartest choice.

 

Final Thoughts

Artificially hydrogenated trans-fats, the type found in processed foods, and fast food, are the ones you should ban from your diet. These unsaturated fats are ultimately responsible for a large number of fatal heart attacks, and heart disease every year. 

Among the best dietary actions I could recommend, would be the use of coconut oil. It contains no cholesterol, no trans-fats, and research has shown it to be a very beneficial oil for the human body.

The amount recommended for adults to obtain the full range of coconut oil’s health and weight loss benefits, is 3 to 3 ½ tablespoons per day.

There are a wide variety of factors involved in the manufacturing process used to make coconut oil. Age, type of coconuts, country of origin, and other issues that impact the quality and effectiveness. Most commercial coconut oils are made from copra, the dried up meat from coconuts. This is a cheaper way to produce coconut oil, and means that the oil extracted may not be suitable for human consumption, in my opinion.

So the one I have researched, and found to be superior is Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, which is made from fresh coconuts, opened less than two days after they are picked from the trees. These coconuts are grown and processed organically, without potentially harmful fertilizers, additives or chemical solvents. I purchase mine from Amazon and you can too. Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

 

PS: I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and please don’t hesitate to share it with friends and family. Join the conversation and let me know of your experiences with Coconut Oil – share your experiences below and join me on other interesting articles at healingbodyandmind.org

 

To your good health,

Tom

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Donna (Marine Mom)

Hello Tom,

I absolutely love coconut oil and incorporate it into my diet on a regular basis. I found an excellent organic brand and love all of the ways coconut oil can be utilized. My only concern is that I just had a complete physical this past week and was alarmed that my cholesterol level had spiked. The only new product for the last year is the coconut oil. Of course, my physician wants me to try a statin which I absolutely will not consider. What are your thoughts on the coconut oil? Do you think that there is a correlation? I do not eat red meat, no sugar, mostly vegetarian diet. I was extremely surprised at my results. Perhaps there is a genetic link as my father battled cholesterol issues most of his adult life and he was in great shape physically.

Just thought I would pick your brain a bit. I appreciate the feedback and thoroughly enjoyed the article.

Thank you,

Donna

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    Tom

    Hi Donna- Keep in mind that coconut has been a nutritious diet staple for thousands of years. Despite the high saturated fat concentration, those eating diets high in coconut products are typically found to be healthy and trim.

    “Every five years, the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) convene a 15-member panel to update the nation’s dietary guidelines.This year the Cholesterol Limit was Removed from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines.The advisory panel has decided to eliminate warnings about dietary cholesterol, which for decades has been wrongfully blamed for causing heart disease.”

    However they still have not come around to the science-based facts about saturated fats.

    Saturated fats are actually important for optimal health, and most people likely need anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of their daily calories from healthy fat—far more than the upper limit of 10 percent suggested by federal guidelines.

    Trans Fats are the ones to steer clear. Saturated fats have been wrongly vilified for years, when sugar has always been the culprit (one of the main factors in inflammation in the body and the direct cause of obesity and heart disease in our country) As always you want to check with your doctor, however there comes a time when you may want to check with a different doctor!

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Hayley Wilson

I’ve been a coconut oil convert for years! I use it in my cooking all the time from frying eggs to baking grain free muffins. I tell all my clients to buy it for the health and weight loss benefits. This is a great article describing why coconut oil is the bomb! Bonus: it’s also a great moisturizer… 😉

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    Tom

    Hi Hayley-So glad you enjoyed the post and yes, coconut oil is finally beginning to get the respect it deserves as a smart alternative to other oils.

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