Coconut oil has various health benefits right from increasing good cholesterol to weight loss and then slow progression in Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fat. The various benefits of coconut oil are as below.
It helps in increasing good cholesterol- There are two type of cholesterol: high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). Increased levels of HDL helps in boosting cardiovascular health. A component called medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is present in coconut oil that helps in increasing good cholesterol levels. However there is no proper study or evidence for the same.
Coconut oil is a saviour for people suffering from sugar and diabetes: The oil helps in reducing excess fat or obesity and battles insulin resistance that often leads to type 2 diabetes.
It battles Alzheimer’s disease: The MFCA component present in the oil helps in generating ketones by the liver-helps in repairing brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.
It fights heart disease and high blood pressure: Coconut oil contains 80% saturated fat that helps to boost HDL (good cholesterol) thereby lowering high triglycerides and reducing heart disease. It converts bad cholesterol to good hence making the heart healthy.
It helps in liver heath: Coconut oil helps in curing any urinary tract infections and also guards against any damage in liver.
Helps in digestion: The oil fights toxic bacteria that causes poor digestion and stomach inflammation. It contains fat soluble components like vitamin and magnesium that helps in food digestion.
It helps in treating wound, rashes and burns: The oil is very good for skin that helps in treating wounds, burns and rashes. It acts as a moisturizer preventing the skin from sun. The primary fatty acids and the antioxidant component present helps in reducing inflammation and promotes better skin healing.
It acts as ant-aging component: The antioxidant component in the oil reduces undue stress on the liver thereby slowing the aging process.
It aids weight loss: It burns the excess fat and calories thereby aiding weight loss. The capric acid present in the oil helps in boosting thyroid performance which reduces body’s resting heart rate and helps in burning fat thereby boosting energy.
However there are various health benefits of the oil but it is essential that we know how to take it. It is recommended to take two tablespoons of coconut oil approximately 30 ml leaving space for other nutrients. We can start with one tablespoon and increase it to two gradually. Taking too much of coconut oil at the start can lead to nausea.