We are always in search of something that will improve our health and well-being. It can be something we can do, somewhere we can go to, something we can apply or put on, or better yet, something we can eat.
Among the many natural options that has seen a ‘revival’ in health circles nowadays is coconut oil. It has long been regarded as a ‘wonder oil’ and is now among those on top of the list of must-tries. Plenty of research and studies have also backed it up with scientific data on how it can actually benefit you.
At this point, you may be wondering how something with saturated fat content can actually be considered ‘good and healthy’ for you – let us talk about some of the ways.
How Coconut Oil improves your health:
1. Coconut Oil is a natural energy booster
Need something to get you through some intense physical workout? Then get some coconut oil into your system. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that help your liver and digestive system do a more efficient job at converting your food into energy for your body.
2. Coconut Oil helps lower your risk of heart disease
Excessive bad cholesterol can wreak havoc on your body. You need to have a higher level of HDL (higher-density lipoproteins) to ensure that you get to keep the good cholesterol and eliminate the bad ones. The lauric acid content of coconut oil helps you increase your body’s HDL levels, which in turn lets you manage your cholesterol levels. Less bad cholesterol = lesser possibility of heart disease.
3. Coconut Oil helps fight inflammation
When a part of your body is ‘inflamed’, it can be in pain or swollen due to an infection. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) has shown that its lauric acid and capric acid content can help ease inflammation and its effect on the body. If you just finished a marathon or you’re having some arthritis pain, VCO can help you both internally and externally. Take it with honey or chia seeds, or warm it and apply to the painful joints.
4. Coconut Oil helps boosts your immune system
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, there is much to gain from a tablespoon of coconut oil. You can take it as it is, or mix it up with your favorite clear soups. The anti-inflammatory and anti-viral capabilities found in the contents of coconut oil help your body fight illnesses caused by bacteria and viruses.
5. Coconut Oil helps weight loss efforts
Consuming oil and weight loss may not always sound right together, but with coconut oil, studies have shown that a combination of the two may actually prove helpful. It is again credited to coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids like capric and caprylic acid. They are believed to improve thyroid function and help the body burn more fat at a faster rate. This means you get more energy for physical activities, and the excess fat does not get to ‘stay around’.
6. It helps you deal with urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are caused by bacteria, and they can be a real pain (literally). UTIs can also lead to damage in your kidneys. In addition to proper diet and hygiene, coconut oil can actually help out in this department too. Coconut oil is known to have a natural anti-bacterial effect, thanks to its fatty acids which attack the bacteria membrane, and eventually destroys it.
7. Coconut Oil improves your body’s insulin secretion capabilities
Glucose is present in a lot of the food we consume on a daily basis. While it is an important energy-giving source, it can pose problems when not used efficiently. Coconut oil helps your body convert it into energy more quickly, and also makes insulin resistance less possible. This is definitely something to consider for those with Type II Diabetes.
8. Coconut Oil reduces risk of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease has become a challenge for many. In addition to maintaining brain health with a proper diet, exercise, and brain-stimulating activities, a study has also found that the ketone, an element found in organic virgin coconut oil, helps improve the brain’s cognitive capabilities.
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These are just a few of the ways coconut oil can help your body and improve your health. But its benefits do not stop there at all – we’ll talk more about the good stuff soon. 🙂 Make sure you’re getting my Free Emails and 7 Days of Fun Clean Recipes and I’ll notify you when Part 2 is ready.
Here are a couple of Cleanfoodcrush recipes that uses unrefined coconut oil (they’re healthy and guaranteed delicious too!) :