Recently, we have found some powerful health benefits coconut oil has to offer.
Only one tablespoon of coconut oil per day could make incredible changes to your health.
A new research has shown that those who have problems with overweight and heightened cardiovascular disease risk could actually heal themselves with this nature’s miracle, against which pharmaceutical approaches often fail.
Coconut oil was once considered a “bad fat”, as it contains saturated fatty acids usually compared to synthetically produced ones such as margarine. But, we know far better now that they are not only “not-bad”, but actually are extremely beneficial, particularly for the brain.
It is well known that the human race has benefited significantly from the use of fresh coconut and its many derivatives for thousands of years. No matter the form, coconut possess unique nutritional elements which make it powerful healing food. Recently, coconut oil stands out as today’s most amazing super-food, due to its ability to take care for your skin, promote weight loss, boost energy levels, protect against illnesses and improve brain activity. But these are just a few of the endless list of benefits. We will present a lot more benefits you could gain from the use of coconut oil. So, there is not a single reason not to include it into your diet. If you are still not convinced, here are 10 specific effects coconut oil has for every part of the human body:
Increases Energy Level
Compared to the other saturated fats, coconut oil is built primarily of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These fats are completely different from long-chain fats, which could be especially seen in the metabolic process, because digested MCTs are not stored as fat in the human body, but they are transferred directly to the liver and converted into a substance known as ketone, or ketoacids (also called oxoacids) which feed the brain and protect it against atrophy. Consuming at least one tablespoon of coconut oil every morning could increase energy levels up to 5% in a twenty-four hour period.
Helps With Weight Loss
At first we would like to mention that coconut oil is high in calories and you should limit your intake to one, or maximum two tablespoons per day if you want fast results in the process of loosing weight. By improving digestion and regulating appetite, coconut oil has found the easiest way to reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight at a normal rate (around one or two pounds per week). This amazing oil enhances your mood naturally and can help you feel more energetic and motivated, which can lead to weight loss. It also balances hormones that reduce stress and anxiety – two of the key reasons for belly fat.
The same ketones mentioned above are also believed to promote fat loss, besides their impact on the energy levels. Your body produces ketones when you consume MCTs, that‘s why coconut oil is ideally suited to help you naturally loose weight, while simultaneously boosting energy levels.
Fights Infections and Viruses
Coconut oil is unique because it is composed predominately of MCT, which produces around 50% of the total fatty acid content of this oil. The size of the fatty acid is extremely important, because it is the main ingredient that makes this oil so amazing. Among all the other health benefits, we must emphasize that coconut oil possesses a unique ability to treat all sorts of infections deriving from bacterial, viral and even fungal sources, by breaking down their cellular walls.
It fights against influenza, hepatitis C, measles, protests against cancer and HIV, kills bacteria and parasites such as tapeworm, aids in regular bowel function, lowers the hemorrhoid risk, soothes earaches and protects against liver degeneration. Including only one or two tablespoons of coconut oil in your diet per day, can boost your immune system, and improve your digestive system, without the need for drugs or surgery.
Improves Brain Function
When digested, MCTs go directly to the liver where they are incorporated into ketone bodies and are necessary for proper bran function. These fats have a positive effect on several brain disorders, for example – epilepsy, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease as one of the most common disorders people suffer from. Ketone bodies fight against epileptic seizures, and decrease their frequency. They also provide an additional energy for brain cells that have lost the ability to process glucose, which is one of the main reasons for Alzheimer’s.
Improves Hair Health
Coconut oil protects hair from dehydration and sun damage. When used regularly, it can also reduces or eliminates dandruff and other scalp irritations. The best way to use it is in form of organic virgin coconut oil. Massage your hair, especially your scalp, before going at the beach to protect it from harmful UV radiation and chemicals and to enjoy in your healthy shining hair.
Repairs Damaged Skin
Coconut oil is known as a magnificent natural moisturizer containing a huge amount of antioxidant vitamin E, that heals damaged skin, makes stretch marks disappear, reduces signs of aging and fights against cellulite. It protects our skin from harmful UV radiation. It can even prevent or heal microbial and fungal skin infections. In order to speed up the process of healing apply organic virgin coconut oil directly to skin and enjoy its fantastic smell.
Offers Appropriate Nutritive Absorption
The best way to adsorb fat-soluble vitamins into your body (like vitamin A,D,E and K) is by taking a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil. If you don’t find the idea of swallowing a spoonful of oil attractive, try using coconut oil when cooking or dressing your veggies salad. Its unique flavor matches perfectly with many leafy greens, and also it won’t disappear when exposed to heat because it has medium-chain structure. You can use it as well as addition to smoothies, deserts and baked foods.
Stabilizes Thyroid and Blood-sugar
MCTs in coconut oil have a significant role in the transformation of cholesterol into pregnenolone – one of the building blocks for synthesis of human hormones such as those responsible for healthy thyroid function. Only one tablespoon of coconut oil per day can also help the body to use insulin more efficiently and balance blood-sugar levels.
Reduces the Risk of High Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Coconut oil improves overall cholesterol by increasing HDL (good), while lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels at the same time. Therefore, it helps the body to turn cholesterol in the blood stream into functional form. MCTs in coconut oil exist to decrease triglycerides, improve blood coagulation and act antioxidant role in the blood stream, in order to eliminate the risk of heart disease, which is leading cause of early death in the world today.
To sum up, coconut oil gives us a powerful list of health and beauty benefits and is an ingredient that everyone should have in their home. Its constant use leads us to better health condition and an amazing feeling of self-care.
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