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Coconut oil – Properties and Benefits

Coconut oil or coconut oil is a superfood that does not stop talking, because every day new benefits of this surprising vegetable oil are known. In the kitchen it is the most recommended and in terms of medicinal and therapeutic uses it is priceless.

On the other hand, it is the star element of many beauty treatments that supply harmful cosmetics and chemical products. Stay with us because when you finish knowing the properties of this healthy oil you will not know how to live without it.

What is coconut oil for?

The benefits of coconut oil are endless, starting with being a powerful antibacterial that kills ulcer-causing bacteria, throat and urinary tract infections, as well as other bacterial infections and gum disease. Besides, a list of benefits that will seem endless to you and among which the following stand out:

  • Prevents cancer cells from spreading, improving the immune system, which is why it is qualified as an anti-cancer
  • Reduces inflammation and helps repair tissues, thanks to its anti-inflammatory qualities
  • This last reason causes it to inhibit the harmful microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.
  • Contains medium chain fatty acids and monoglycerides the same as in human breast milk and which act as extraordinary antimicrobials
  • It is an effective protector against free radicals, given its antioxidant action
  • Rids the body of lice, tapeworms and other parasites, which is why it is known as an antiparasitic
  • Plant facing giardiasis, a protozoal infection that affects the intestines, being an anti-protozoan
  • It helps to eliminate the viruses that cause flu, herpes, measles, hepatitis C and SARS, which classifies it as anti-virus
  • Improves the absorption of easily digestible nutrients, so that vitamins and minerals are made more available to the body

In case this seems little to you, we have much more to tell you about why it will be great to introduce coconut oil in your daily diet.

10 scientifically proven benefits of consuming them

The combination of medium chain fatty acids by which coconut oil is characterized has a very positive impact on health, standing out as an ideal way to lose weight. Along with this, they improve the function of the brain and have other effects that will not leave you indifferent. The 10 main benefits that you will experience when you consume virgin coconut oil and that are confirmed by the scientific community translate into:

1st. Its exclusive combination of free acids gives it very powerful medicinal properties.

A while ago the use of coconut oil was considered harmful as it is a saturated fat. It so happens that there are very few vegetable oils rich in saturated fats and coconut oil is one of them, since almost 90% of its composition is based on these acids.

Now, contrary to what one might think, the latest medical studies show data that using saturated fat in food does not have any harmful effect and that there is no association between its intake and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

On the other hand, coconut oil does not concentrate the same saturated fats present in red meats or cheeses, but rather its fats are the so-called medium-chain triglycerides that, as we have already pointed out, occur in breast milk and are magnificent for the body. In addition, this type of fatty acids contribute to improve the state of the brain of those who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer’s or epilepsy.

2nd. By speeding up your metabolism you will lose weight.

Such a practical matter deserves a separate chapter but we already tell you that coconut oil has the virtue of accelerating your metabolism so that you lose fat more easily. Despite what you may think, your final weight will not only be influenced by the addition and subtraction of calories, but the origin of the same.

3rd. The populations that take it the most enjoy outstanding health.

Think that there are many parts of the planet where coconut consumption has been one of the basic pillars of their diet since time immemorial. We are referring above all to populations that live in the South Pacific and that enjoy iron health, highlighting the fact that cardiovascular diseases are conspicuous by their absence. Populations such as the Tokeluanos or the Kitavans are the best examples.

4th. Coconut oil is able to reduce your appetite, so eating less will hardly cost you effort.

The reason that justifies it is none other than the fact that its fatty acids are metabolized, since the ketone bodies that are formed contribute to reducing the desire to eat.

5th. Its fatty acids are transformed into ketone bodies, capable of reducing seizures.

A ketogenic diet is one that is hardly carbohydrate-rich in fat and protein and is undergoing numerous studies in order to determine how it can treat various diseases. What can be stated so far is that children who suffer epilepsy are very effective, since with them the concentration of ketone bodies in the blood increases, achieving the consequent cessation of childhood epileptic attacks.

6th. The lauric acid it contains kills bacteria, fungi and viruses, keeping you safe from infection.

This acid represents about half of the acids found in coconut oil, so when it is enzymatically digested it gives rise to a monoglyceride whose name is monolaurin. Well, both, that is lauric acid and monolaurin, have the ability to kill pathogens such as bacteria, fungi or viruses. One of the bacteria that has been shown to “check” is the Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria and the yeast Candida Albicans fungus.

7º. You will never have had such healthy hair or skin as hydrated as with coconut oil.

Nourishing your hair with coconut oil is a good idea to brag about mane, since it nourishes your hair and takes care of it more than many substances considered specific for it. Regarding your skin, hydration levels will be increased and its lipid content will clearly improve, making it a perfect therapy for people with dry skin.

Along with these properties, its power as an optimal toothpaste and, in particular, as a mouthwash, should not be underestimated, since it kills bacteria from the mouth, contributing to good oral health and ending with bad breath.

8º. Its fatty acids increase brain function in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

This dreaded disease is one of the main causes of senile dementia that plagues a significant part of the elderly. One of the problems that Alzheimer’s patients have is none other than the brain being unable to use glucose for energy. Since ketone bodies have the virtue of providing such energy to the brain, the alternative of increasing the number of ketone bodies in blood is being studied, thus improving the brain functions of these patients, who will see the symptoms of this complicated disease reduced.

9th. It is an effective weapon to combat dangerous abdominal fat.

Abdominal fat is especially difficult to reduce, but doing so is necessary since you have to take into account that it surrounds various vital organs, which significantly increases its risks. It is known as “visceral fat” and is associated with different diseases from those that develop in the western world.

10th. Coconut oil will help keep your cholesterol levels at bay, making you less likely to have cardiovascular disease.

The one that contains a large amount of saturated fat is not detrimental to the lipid profile of your blood, as you might think at first. The “modus operandi” of saturated fats is to raise good or HDL cholesterol and change bad or LDL cholesterol for another less harmful subtype.

Ingesting coconut oil is equivalent to reducing triglycerides as well as total cholesterol and LDL levels, increasing HDL, and making both blood clotting and antioxidation status improve, so the risk will be decreased in the long term suffering from heart disease.

Organic coconut oil and its impact to lose weight

We continue to insist that not all saturated fat is bad. Take as an example the one that contains coconut oil, the fat called medium chain triglycerides that is small in size and is not used by the body to build more fat, but sends it directly to the cells in order to convert them in energy and without having to go through the liver filter, so that it is immediately converted into energy and contributes to the increase in metabolism, which can thus burn more calories.

Nutritional compositionNutritional values
Grease total100.00g

How to take it

If you don’t like taking coconut oil directly by the tablespoon, any of the following options will help:

  • Use it for cooking, both for frying and in most of your favorite recipes and home remedies
  • Mix it halfway with olive oil when dressing your salads
  • Taken as a supplement as pills is also very healthy
  • Consume it fresh, dry and grated
  • Add it to your favorite shakes and teas and they will be delicious

The way in which you consume it is not important while you actually do it and, when cooking, avoid doing it with processed vegetable oils that cause endless health problems. Replace them with coconut oil which, given its concentration of saturated fats, does not oxidize unless heated to extremely high temperatures.

Think that hydrogenated oils are very malignant because of their trans fat content, a toxic fat that is produced during the hydrogenation process.

Other recommendations

Using coconut oil every day is a great option. Some people, after drinking it, spread it all over their body and hair.

When you ingest fat-soluble vitamins or other types of oils, such as cod, it is highly recommended that you also take a tablespoon of coconut oil as it will enhance its effectiveness and act as a powerful antioxidant.

With coconut oil you can perform rinses (oil pulling) twice a day and even prepare homemade toothpaste.

How much coconut oil do you have to take?

When you are sick, it is recommended to consume 4 to 8 tablespoons a day of coconut oil until you feel better. At that time, you can lower the dose from 2 to 4 tablespoons daily. It is advisable to drink it little by little at different times a day and not all at once.

Those who have never taken it can start with a teaspoon (equivalent to 5 ml) and, if well tolerated, then move on to a tablespoon (equivalent to 15 ml).

After about four days, you can already increase to two tablespoons and when you reach ten days, start taking three tablespoons. It will depend on how you notice its effects, it is up to you to increase or decrease the dose.

In the event that you are looking for a specific objective, you should have a little patience and wait a few months for the desired results. Of course, think that you should always combine it with a balanced diet.

10 uses of coconut oil for your beauty

Your skin will shine like never before with coconut oil and the shine of your hair will cause a sensation. Use it to thicken your eyebrows, after shaving, to fight baldness, to get rid of birthmarks, as a body scrub, for insect bites, to mitigate the effects of bruises, to heal burns, as a protector of lips, to nourish the baby’s skin and a long etcetera.

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