Six Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Dầu dừaCoconut oil has gotten a bad rap in the past for causing high cholesterol. That rumor couldn’t be further from the truth, in fact, coconut oil is one of the healthier oils to cook with. Coconut oil has a high heating point, which means it doesn’t turn toxic when used for cooking, like olive oil does. Not only is coconut oil great for cooking with, but it also has a large list of health benefits.

Weight Loss Benefits: Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids, which have been found to speed up the metabolism. Also, coconut oil has a higher heating point than delicate oils like olive oil. Therefore, it makes it healthier to use when cooking. A study also showed that coconut oil helped decrease individuals’ waist circumference when taken regularly alongside exercising.

Aids Digestion: Coconut oil is easy to digest and can help keep you regular. Healthy fats and oils are a crucial part of the digestion system because they keep things moving throughout the colon. 

Good for the Immune System: Coconut oil has lauric acid in it. In the body, lauric acid is transformed into monolaurin, which is highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The only other source of lauric acid is in breast milk. This is why breastfed babies tend to have strong immune systems. Coconut oil is safe for adults, kids, and babies, and it will help boost their immune systems.

Great for Skin Care: Since the coconut oil is full of fat, it is great for the skin. The fat penetrates the skin, moisturizes it, and protects it from free radicals. Coconut oil naturally protects the skin from 20% of ultraviolet exposure. It also smells great and gently removes makeup.

Lower Risks of Heart Disease: Those who consumed coconut oil daily were found to have lower BMIs, which lead to a reduced risk of heart disease. It also showed that the individuals who consumed the coconut oil regularly had better cholesterol levels.

Benefits Bone Health: Coconut oil has been found to help prevent osteoporosis because it aids in the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

Try adding this amazing oil to your diet today. Just use coconut oil as you would olive oil or butter. Spread it on toast, stir fry with it, or add it to smoothies. It is also a great idea to keep a jar in the bathroom for all of your beauty needs. Just remember to buy organic, extra virgin coconut oil to reap the most benefits.

 

Story Credit, Image Credit: Dầu dừa by Phu Thinh Co. Used under Creative Commons license.

 

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