Coconut oil uses are countless. From treating brain disorders, heart diseases, viruses, HIV and cancer to loosing weight and many more. Shunned by the health community for high saturated fat content in the past, it is considered as the latest food cure-all. It is becoming more of a staple cooking oil in most of the households. It can be bought in health stores or even local supermarkets. We give you the 5 most important benefits of coconut oil.
1. Coconut oil is a large source of fatty acids with treats Alzheimer's and epilepsy
Nowadays, the bad effects of saturated fats are proven to be a myth, as opposed to the past. The whole “artery clogging” theory has been disproved. Furthermore, the saturated, run-of-the-mill fats that are found in the cheese or steak are not the same as the ones in the coconut oil. It consists of fatty acids of a medium length, called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are metabolized differently in the body. They go from the digestive tract straight to the liver and are used as a quick source of energy or are turned into so-called ketone bodies which have healing effects on brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and epilepsy.
2. It is a weapon against bacteria, viruses, fungus and germs
50 % of the fatty acids the coconut oil consists of is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When the oil's digestion is enzymatic, it forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin kill pathogenic bacteria such as Candida Albicans and Staphylococcus Aureus; bacteria that cause throat infections, ulzers, pneumonia and gonorrhoea. According to the Coconut Research Center, it also kills viruses that can cause measles, herpes, influenza, hepatitis and many more. Fungus that cause athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash and ringworm are also eliminated by the coconut oil.
3. Improves blood cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart disease
Because of the lauric acid, coconut oil prevents various heart problems such as high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure and the fats are not harmful as the ones found in vegetable oils. Saturated fats raise the good cholesterol-HDL and does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It lowers the incidence of artery damage which leads to preventing atherosclerosis.
4. HIV and cancer
Coconut oil plays a key role in reducing people's susceptibility for those who have HIV and cancer. A research has shown that it has an effect on reducing the viral load of HIV patients.
5. It increases your energy expenditure and helps you burn more fat
One of the biggest health problems in the world today is obesity. It's the MCTs that help consumers to loose weight. It is easy to digest and helps in the functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Moreover, it removes the stress from the pancreas which leads to burning more energy, hence it helps with obesity.The MCTs in coconut oil have been proved to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, which can lead to a potential weight loss over the long term.