- May 3, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Prevention & Healing
Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat but what is fascinating is that 50 percent of that is made up of three health boosting medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), a.k.a. medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid.
The single two most abundant sources of lauric acid are breast milk and coconuts.
Lauric acid is antibacterial, antiviral and is the most potent antimicrobial saturated fatty acid.
Medium chain fatty acids are the fat that helps you to lose fat but the benefits do not stop there. MCFAs do not require energy for absorption, as other fats do, making it very beneficial for those with malnutrition or fatty-acid metabolism disorders.
Medium chain fatty acids are not readily stored as fat, are easier to digest than other fatty acids and provide energy to the body without any blood sugar spike making it a great addition to the diet of diabetics, and pre-diabetics.
The benefits of coconut oil do not stop there and the uses of coconut oil are plentiful.
- Improve memory
- Improve energy
- Improve endurance
- Reduce symptoms of pancreatis
- Reduce symptoms of gallbladder disease
- Destroy bad bacteria and candida
- Provide ketone bodies to Alzheimers patients
- Increase “healthy” HDL cholesterol
- Convert “bad” cholesterol (LDL)
- Clear Urinary Tract Infections
- Protect the liver from damage
- Reduce inflammation and arthritis issues
- Boost immunity
- Improve skin conditions
- Improve Oral Health (read about Oil Pulling HERE)
- Slow aging
- Balance hormones
- Improve hair quality
- Help with weight loss
- Improve Sexual Enjoyment (it is a great lube)
Coconut oil, the sweet smelling oil that will remind you of the tropics, offers so many benefits in a fairly in expensive bottle of goodness that is high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Buy organic extra virgin coconut oil and keep one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom (and perhaps another in the bedroom too).
Nutiva Coconut Oil is one of my favorites but no matter which you choose be sure that is not refined or processed as this causes the coconut oil to lose it’s benefits.
What is your opinion? Do you use coconut oil now? Will you in the future? What do you want to learn more about?