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The Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

If you haven’t already read other articles that I’ve written on healthy vs. unhealthy fats and oils, you may not know that the healthiest oil that you can use on a daily basis is coconut oil.

Although coconut oil has always been a healthy food choice, its reputation suffered a great deal during the 80s and 90s when it was lumped together with other saturated fats as a cause of cardiovascular disease.

Coconut Oil Speeds Up Metabolism and Increases Energy

It’s true that 92 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are saturated. What many people don’t know is that over two-thirds of these saturated fatty acids are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). MCFAs are different from other varieties of saturated fatty acids in that as soon as they enter your blood stream, they are taken to your liver where they are converted to energy. Whereas other dietary fats and even excess carbohydrates can be stored as fat in your cells, the MCFAs found in coconut oil provide an almost immediate source of energy and actually speed up your metabolism.

The Safest Oil for Cooking

The high percentage of saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil makes it extremely stable when exposed to heat. Unlike almost all other vegetable oils, coconut oil contains no trans fats, and is highly resistant to free radical formation when used for cooking at high temperatures. No other oil comes close to being as safe and healthy for cooking as coconut oil.

Coconut Oil Helps Those with Digestive Problems

Many people who have suffered with inflammatory conditions of the intestines like Crohn’s disease have successfully used coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Coconut Oil's ability to help improve the balance of microorganisms in the intestines is undoubtedly another reason why people who suffer with digestive disorders benefit from using it on a regular basis.

The Best All-Natural Moisturizer for Your Skin

In addition to its healing properties for your internal health, coconut oil makes for an exceptional skin moisturizer. First of all, it doesn’t contain any of the carcinogenic chemicals that are found in many commercial moisturizers. Secondly, coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin, where it helps to prevent free radical damage, wrinkling, and sagging, and is even able to restore strength to the underlying connective tissue.

To summarize, here is some of what coconut oil may do for you:

  • Improve your energy
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease
  • Reduce your risk of cancer
  • Improve your digestion and ability to absorb nutrients
  • Promote weight loss and maintenance of your ideal weight
  • Help prevent bacterial, yeast, fungal, and viral infections
  • Support and enhance your immune system
  • Help regulate your blood sugar and prevent or control diabetes
  • Help prevent osteoporosis
  • Help prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
  • Help keep your skin smooth and soft
  • Help protect against skin cancer and blemishes

Coconut oil does NOT do any of the following:

  • Does NOT contribute to heart disease
  • Does NOT contribute to weight problems
  • Does NOT increase blood cholesterol
  • Does NOT promote platelet stickiness or blood clot formation

For a look at the premium virgin coconut oil that we use in our home, please feel free to view: Premium Virgin Coconut Oil.

For more scientific information about the properties of coconut oil, I recommend that you read Eat Fat, Lose Fat: Lose Weight And Feel Great With The Delicious, Science-based Coconut Diet, by Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig.

 
 

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