By Sarah Kilvington
Posted in General
Coconut Oil and It’s Health Benefits
Largely shunned in the past and formerly unheard of, coconut oil is now becoming increasingly popular in kitchens across the country, replacing other, and possibly harmful, cooking oils. However, even as a staple in almost every pantry, there are many people almost entirely unaware of the multitude of health benefits of Coconut oil.
Coconut Oil is mainly composed of saturated fats, along with a few monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids. In addition, Coconut oil consists of some fatty acid derivatives such as ethanolamide, fatty esters, ethoxylates, derivatives of fatty alcohols, and various Vitamins and minerals.
This composition of Coconut oil, which is primarily fatty acid based, was a grave cause of concern up until the previous decade. This was a time when it was, after considerable research, declared that not only is Coconut oil not harmful to the human body, but it also has health benefits which now, rightly so, classify it as a super-food.
Apart from the usual hair and skin benefits, here the top 5 proven health benefits of Coconut Oil:
1. Rich Source of Saturated Fat
Coconut oil is the one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to humans with Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are fatty acids chains of a moderate length. These chains are not only metabolized differently, they completely by-pass the digestive tract, going straight to the liver to convert into a quick form of energy known as Ketone bodies. These Ketone bodies are known to have positive therapeutic effects of multiple brain disorders including Alzheimer’s.
2. Integral for the Immune System
Coconut oil is great for the human immune system because it contains lipids which have amazing anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties. Lauric acid contained in coconut oil is converted into monolaurin by the human body which boosts immunity against diseases such as influenza, herpes, cytomegalovirus and even HIV.
3. Prevents Heart Diseases
Consumption of coconut oil increases life expectancy by preventing various heart diseases. Coconut is known to be a dietary staple of some of the healthiest populations on the planet. The balance of healthy fats in coconut oil decrease the LDL cholesterol levels, and increases the HDL cholesterol levels supporting heart health.
4. Reduces Obesity
Unlike other saturated fats, fatty acids present in coconut oil actually reduce abdominal obesity. This is largely due to the difference in metabolization of the fatty acids present in coconut oil which convert to Ketone bodies. These Ketone bodies have an appetite reducing effect, making you eat less without even trying. Prolonged use of coconut oil can have a dramatic influence on body weight. Moreover, coconut oil is far easier to digest, eases bloating, is beneficial for digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and also protects the body from insulin resistance.
5. Useful for Dental Care
Coconut oil is known to boost dental health and is increasingly used in dental care. As coconut oil facilitates the absorption of calcium by the body, it helps develop stronger as calcium is an important component of our teeth. Moreover, a technique known as Oil Pulling, which involves swirling and swishing of coconut oil in the mouth for about 15-20 minutes has been proven to help prevent tooth decay, freshen breath, as well as whiten teeth.
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