Why YOU Should be Using Coconut Oil

coconut-oilFor many years (the low-fat years) coconuts and coconut oil were shunned as a high fat, artery clogging tropical novelty suitable only as sunblock, skin treatment or a garnish on pies and cakes. More recent research shows us there is little direct correlation between saturated fat in our food and the cholesterol or triglycerides in our veins.

We also now know the value of coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides or MCTs.

MCT’s are easily digested fatty acids that are quickly metabolized and absorbed or used immediately as fuel. Any excess goes to the liver for storage, not stored as body fat.

Additional coconut oil health benefits include:

  1. Weight Loss – MCT’s promote and increase energy and metabolism. One tablespoon of coconut oil can increase your metabolism by up to 120 calories per day, without adding any increase in activity. When your body finds MCTs available, it burns them as fuel before any other sources. Once gone, if there are no immediate carbs available, your body will burn your stored body fat.
  1. Reduces Hunger – Ketone bodies, the byproduct of fatty acid metabolism relieve any hunger pains that might occur. Also useful as an appetite suppressant. When using coconut oil, you will eat less while your metabolism is burning slightly faster, resulting in a calorie deficit, ideal for healthy weight loss.
  1. Antibacterial Properties – Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid, known for its unique antibacterial properties. Lauric acid attacks viruses, fungi and bacteria and helps to avoid a number of infections. Lauric Acid can kill dangerous infections like Candida Albicans and Staphylococcus Aureus.
  1. Supports Brain Function – Ketones, the byproduct of fatty acid metabolism, are the brain’s favorite food. The MCT metabolism cycle of coconut oil bypasses the normal glucose metabolism, supplying energy directly to the brain cells.
  1. Skin and Hair – Coconut oil has many topical benefits as well. It has been used for centuries as a preventive treatment for stretch marks and has shown to be useful in the treatment of scar tissue. Coconut oil aids in healing and restoring wrinkled skin and to help present a younger appearance. It has also been shown to help with people who suffer from topical yeast infections on the skin, as well as many other skin disorders and problems.
  1. Antioxidants – Coconut oil is high in antioxidants that scavenge free radicals and prevent them from damaging cells and tissues and wrinkling your skin. To tag team the free radicals, continue to use coconut oil on your skin as you also take 1-2 tablespoons daily. It also serves as an excellent massage oil. 

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