Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Are oils bad for you? What about the health benefits of coconut oil?

Now, if you believe everything you read then you will know that “they” recommend everything from frying your food in coconut oil to shaving your legs with it…Can you believe the hype?

Always check the facts, but coconut oil is pretty amazing, and yes, it is a common misconception that all oils have to be bad for you because they are fatty. Well, not always true! Coconut oil is one of the exceptions. Check it out below!

Why Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is comprised of up to 90% saturated fat. Saturated fat is normally considered a “bad” fat that is not healthy for overall cholesterol levels.

The reason coconut oil does not fall into this “bad fat” category is because its saturated fat contents are made up of medium-chain fatty acids (as opposed to long-chain) which are much easier for the body to digest.

Medium-chain fatty acids do not negatively affect cholesterol levels.

Two Really Important Nutrients in Coconut Oil

Lauric Acid – is a medium-chain fatty acid that helps to destroy bacteria. Once in the body, lauric acid in converted into monolaurin a monoglyceride which produces antiviral properties, thus the reason it helps kill bacteria.

Medium-Chain Fatty Acids – coconut oil is very unique because it is comprised of mostly medium-chain fatty acids which are much easier to digest than long-chain fatty acids plus it does not negatively affect cholesterol levels.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil for Healthy Weight Maintenance

Coconut oil is not guaranteed to help you lose weight, but its medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) do help the liver to break down certain types of fats thus leading to efficient energy burning. 

Coconut oil helps maintain healthy weight by slowing down the digestion of food so that you feel fuller after a meal. People who add coconut oil to their diet are less prone to snacking.

*do not consume more then 2 tablespoon of coconut oil per day. Remember everything in moderation.

Coconut Oil for Immune Health

Coconut oil is an excellent immune system booster due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties.

These “anti” properties are directly related to the medium-chain fatty acids in the coconut oil; because, (like we said “above”) this oil is mostly comprised of these "healthy" fatty acids, making up more than 60% of its content; thus making it extremely beneficial for the immune system.

Use Coconut Oil Topically

Yes, you can apply coconut oil to both your hair and your skin!

Skin –  Listen up girlies, this oil not only smoothes and moisturizes your skin but also helps to protect your skin from the aging effects that free radicals have on the body through its wonderful antioxidant properties.

For more information see: Coconut Oil for Skin

Hair – If you look on the back of your shampoo & conditioner bottles you’ll be surprised to find that coconut oil is in a lot of those products, and naturally so because this type of oil contains many different nutrients that help to keep hair healthier, shinier and stronger.

For more information see: Coconut Oil for Hair

You can also enjoy the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil in a Smoothie!

Oh yes! Smoothies are an excellent way to incorporate coconut oil into your diet. Just add a tablespoon or two and you’re done! Too easy!

If you are trying to thicken up your drink this oil is a great addition, just a little bit will do the trick! So, while you are enjoying your deliciously thick smoothie you are also enjoying the wonderful health benefits that coconut oil has to offer!

Coconut Oil Smoothie Recipes

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