The world is getting crazy about trying out the benefits of coconut oil, and you also have every right do to the same. If you are new at consuming coconut oil, however, you might experience trouble in getting used to it.
It might upset your stomach at the beginning, but it will eventually put your system in order and do many other good changes to your body.
Up to date, coconut oil benefits are proven by over 1500 studies around the world. Part of the wonders go to the healthy fats it contains, called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which include: caprylic, lauric, and capric acids.
These amazing fats give us our energy, as they are not stored as fat, but converted to energy. Having coconut oil in your diet is very important as it can help in regulating or losing weight in many ways.
Here are some of the ways to achieve that:
- Coconut oil boosts the immune system
It is proven to be antibacterial, anti-fugal, and anti-viral because it contains lauric acid. We are familiar with how diseases are caused by growing too many bad funguses, bacteria, viruses and parasites in our bodies Coconut oil creates a hostile environment for viruses. It also helps in treating Candida gradually.
This is a disease caused by the growth of yeast called Candida Albicans. Coconut oil relieves the body by moisturizing it and protects the skin from peeling off or cracking.
Whenever you are having an infection, you can use coconut oil as a natural fuel source instead of sugar. When sick, add one tablespoon of coconut oil three times a day to your diet for best results.
- Coconut oil for maintaining/losing weight
Because it has abilities to create energy, it then burns fats, so it controls body weight. Research suggests that coconut oil reduces abdominal obesity in women, and the result is losing your belly fat.
Coconut oil also maintains healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system, and by removing the stress in the pancreas it helps in burning more energy and losing weight.
A recent study from Boston University, published in the Obesity Research Journal proves that the MCFAs have fat burning quality. Fatty cells in the case of rats were pretreated with capryllic acid, which later caused fat breakdown at a high level.
- Coconut oil eases digestion
You can also use coconut oil as cooking oil, which in fact will improve your digestive system. The saturated fats that are present in coconut oil have antimicrobial abilities and can deal with different bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can lead to indigestion.
The oil can prevent stomach-related issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, and it can also ease the absorption of vitamins, amino acids, and minerals in the body.
- Coconut oil helps in easing type 2 diabetes
Insulin intolerance is a common problem among people, who face insulin overproduction in their bodies very often. This oil helps in improving the insulin secretion and promotes the utilization of blood glucose.
The MCFA’s found in coconut oil also contribute to a proper digestion and insulin tolerance in the body, because they provide the body with energy that does not depend on glucose reactions. Therefore, it helps in preventing and treating diabetes.
- Coconut oil can reduce seizures
Coconut oil has also been proven to act against seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. When ketone bodies are increased, the body is in a state of ketosis and you can have a ketogenic diet that mimics this state of low carbs and high fats. This diet was proven to be successful in epileptic seizures happening to children.
Research showed a 50% reduction of seizures by incorporating this diet. The same research showed that 7% of the children who had the diet reduced the seizures by 90%.
- Coconut oil cooks at high temperatures
Coconut oil is good for cooking purposes because it has a high smoke point and concentration of stable saturated fats. It was chosen by many as a better alternative than regular olive oil for cooking, particularly when people needed higher preparation temperatures.
You might try it as base oil for the pan to cook eggs or stir fries next time you cook.
Coconut oil is anti-aging
Every person dreads the process of aging we all have to go through. The medical journal Food and Function published research proving that coconut oil improves antioxidant levels and slows down the aging process. It works in a way that it lowers oxidative stress and lowers liver stress as well. Because it lowers stress in the liver, it is believed to support detoxification.
All you need to do to slow down the process of aging is to take one tablespoon of coconut oil mixed with anti-oxidant rich berries for breakfast every day. Applying it to your skin will also show great results.
Another study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in 2013 highlighted the importance of Virgin Coconut Oil in improving antioxidants, which help in the fight with the process of getting old.
- Coconut oil kills your hunger
This is connected to the abilities that coconut oil has in keeping you fit or reducing your weight. This benefit is very popular and what it means is that fatty acids in the oil are metabolized, which causes the ketone bodies to have that appetite reducing effect we all long for.