Tropical Oil Gives Your Health a Boost
The mainstream media and big government agencies have a bad habit of making broad generalizations about health and nutrition.
The problem with these kinds of broad, over-generalized warnings, is that they can lead people to miss out on some big health benefits.
For example, take coconut oil. Some organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Harvard School of Public Health have dismissed the health benefits of coconut oil, instead focusing solely on the saturated fat content.
Unfortunately, that is pretty misleading.
Some foods are very complex. In the particular case of coconut oil, the complexity yields unexpected health benefits. And as long as you’re eating a diet that is otherwise well-balanced, using coconut oil can be a smart decision … despite what some say about its fat content.
Five Health Benefits
You Don’t Want to Miss Out On
There’s evidence that coconut oil provides benefits to almost every system in your body.
Good for Your Brain
Coconut oil has shown some potential for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Studies of this effect are still in the preliminary stages, but early results are promising.
It seems the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil— otherwise a rarity in the typical American diet— protect the neurons in your brain against the proteins that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. These medium chain fatty acids are converted into ketone bodies, a fat-based fuel source for your cells.
In Alzheimer’s patients, damaged brain cells mean they can no longer process glucose for fuel. The lack of an energy source means these cells can’t function. But these brain cells can still process ketones. So coconut oil may be able to provide an alternative fuel source that allows those damaged brain cells to begin functioning again.
In a recent study, Canadian researchers offered evidence that coconut oil may also help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in the first place. Working with mice, the researchers found that brain cells they had treated with coconut oil resisted the affects of Alzheimer-inducing proteins.
Good for Your Waistline
Adding coconut oil to your daily diet could also give your metabolism a boost.
Evidence suggests that coconut oil is effective at helping your body burn more energy. People who consume a teaspoon or two of coconut oil a day, burn up to five percent more energy at rest than those who don’t use coconut oil.
That means you can burn up to 120 extra calories a day without any extra effort at all, just by adding coconut oil to your diet!
Good for Your Heart
The biggest criticism of coconut oil revolves around its saturated fat content. The argument goes something like this: Saturated fat can increase LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat. So, coconut oil contributes to heart disease.
But scientific studies don’t back this argument.
While it is true that coconut oil is rich in saturated fat, it does not effect cholesterol in the same way that other saturated fats do.
In fact, in some small clinical trials, coconut oil helped lower LDL cholesterol levels as well as total cholesterol levels in participants. And based on animal studies, coconut oil may improve your entire lipid profile.
That’s good news for your heart!
Good for Your Immune System
Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid. Your body uses lauric acid to make monolaurin. Monolaurin helps your body fight against infections. It works against viruses, bacteria, and even microbes.
In other words, coconut oil can help you stay healthy even when everyone around you is getting sick.
Good for Your Skin
One of the benefits of coconut oil that nobody argues against is its usefulness as a moisturizer for your skin and hair.
Coconut oil, when used topically, can improve the look and feel of dry skin. You can also use coconut oil as a deep conditioner for your hair. It will improve the health of your hair and also help to protect it from damage.
Coconut oil provides a wide range of health benefits, and it’s easy to work into your daily diet. It has a high smoke point and a long shelf life, which make it perfect for cooking.
And it’s easy to come by. Most major grocery stores and supermarkets keep it in stock. For the best quality and the highest positive impact on your health, be sure to choose a virgin coconut oil.
Use at least a teaspoon a day to take full advantage of the benefits I describe here.
Don’t be afraid to use more, but take a common sense approach. Coconut oil is a calorie dense food, so it is possible to get too much of a good thing.
As long as you’re smart about how you use coconut oil, it can help you be healthier and more energetic. Give it a try!
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