8 Benefits of Coconut Oil🌴. Proof that Not All Fats are Bad for You!
Coconut oil is on the increased popularity list, and thankfully an easy find on the supermarket shelves these days. It is one of nature’s super foods with famed benefits of being a ‘good oil’ that offers a boost for weight loss and great for the skin.
Our team at Bondi Beach Tea Co. have uncovered more of the impressive health advantages offered by coconut oil.
- Medicinal Properties
One of the richest sources of saturated fat you can find, coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that head straight to the liver where they are used for energy. Those that are not used are turned into ketones and can help with brain health and prevent illnesses such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Fat-Burning Properties
Studies have shown the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil can increase calories burned off over a 24-hour period, by an increase of as much as 5 percent. This can lead to a potential weight loss over long-term.
- Ward Off Harmful Microorganisms
Around 50 percent of the fatty acids contained within coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When digested, this acid creates a substance known as monolaurin. When partnered together, lauric acid and monolaurin can knock out harmful pathogens like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These two workaholics have been shown to kill off the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus, and Candida Albicans which is a common source of yeast infections.
- May Help to Reduce Hunger Pangs
The fatty acids found in coconut oil can considerably reduce appetite, which may have a positive effect on body weight over a long-term. For a better hunger pang stabiliser, enjoy a cup of natural herbal tea between meals.
- A Potential to Reduce Seizures
A diet high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates leads to increased levels of ketones in the blood. This increase of ketone bodies can reduce seizures in epileptic children, as well as improve memory performance in older users, and a possible potential for the treatment of autism.
- Improves Cholesterol Levels
Full of healthy saturated fats, coconut oil may help to build a healthy heart by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and increase blood coagulation factors.
- Protects the Hair and Moisturizes the Skin
When applied directly to the skin, coconut oil can improve the moisture of the skin. It is also famed for being a protector against the elements for your hair, and one such study, in particular, shows that coconut oil offers some UV protective properties for the hair. If you are interested, you could check out these coconut oil beauty hacks we found online too.
- Kills Bacteria in the Mouth
Thousands of types of bacteria are homed within your mouth, and these include Streptococcus Mutans,renowned for generating plaque with a potential to promote tooth decay and gingivitis. Coconut oil can be used for ‘pulling’, which is a practice where coconut oil is swished around your mouth then disposed of. The pulling encourages the bacteria to stick to the oil, dissolving and getting rid of most of it.
Why not try out the benefits of coconut oil for yourself; just make sure you go for organic, virgin oil instead of the refined versions. Coconut oil is great to use in your cooking and baking, just replace your butter or vegetable oil with this little superfood instead. The taste is purer and the benefits aplenty.