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12 Coconut Oil Health Benefits

By |February 18th, 2013|

Coconut oil once thought as a heart disease causing saturated fat is now been proclaimed  ‘the healthiest oil on earth.’

Discover how this transformation came about and the top 12 benefits of this newly declared PowerFood.

How Did Coconut Oil Get a Bad Reputation?

  • It started because coconut oil is saturated oil.  Saturated oils were understood  to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease.
  • A specific study 40 years ago then seemed to verify this concern.  Yes, it did increase heart disease.

But what no one at the time seemed to take into account was that this study was done on hydrogenated coconut. Now the problems with hydrogenated oils are well documented by numerous studies.  Even the general unhealthy theory of saturated fats is now suspect.

Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine.

In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats.

To quote Dr. Mary Enig: “The research over four decades concerning coconut oil in the diet and heart disease is quite clear: coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial.”

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Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (cold pressed):

1. Thyroid-stimulating:
Research shows that coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids accelerate that stimulates metabolism, gives you more energy.

2. Get candida in check:
Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.

3. Lowers cholesterol:
It is rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.

4. Helps with weight loss:
Here is an interesting fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it actually helps weight loss! Read more here: Weight Loss With Coconut Oil.

The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy.  Thus, the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.

5. Helps keep diabetes in check:
Coconut oil  does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream.  Instead, it helps in controlling blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin.  Note: This is not a free pass to eat a lot of sugar and other dumb carbs.

6. Reduces heart disease: studies on people in the Pacific Islands found that their total caloric was 30 – 60% from fully saturated coconut oil and have nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.

7. Helps absorption:
Combining Vitamin E supplements with coconut oil through the skin was a good alternative for those with gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases.  Study in Canada 1999 University of Western Ontario

8. Supports the immune system.
It is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.

9. Good for the skin:
When applied externally it forms a protective antibacterial layer protecting the infected body part.  Also, speeds up the healing process of bruises by helping to repair damaged tissue.  http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-2

10. Nourishing for the brain:
Studies show that it improves cognitive function, and stalls or even reverses neurodegenerative diseases in their early stages. It has been shown to help with Alzheimer’s Disease.

11. Ancient medicine:
Coconut oil is part of Ayurvedic medicine for 5000 years in India.

12. Speeds Recovery:
People in Panama drink a glass […]