1. Increased Energy
Unlike most saturated fats, coconut oil is made up of mostly medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These MCTs are metabolized differently than long-chain triglycerides in that they aren't stored as fat, but go directly to the liver where they are quickly converted into energy. Two tablespoons in the morning will boost your energy for the entire day.
2. Skin Health / Anti-Aging
Full of the antioxidant vitamin E, coconut oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer that can help to heal damaged skin, fade stretch marks, reduce signs of aging and strengthen the epidermis against cellulite. Coconut oil can also be used as a natural sunscreen offering protection against harmful UV radiation. Apply organic virgin coconut oil directly to your skin for the therapeutic effects you desire.
3. Reduce Hunger
Ketone bodies formed by MCTs have the added benefit of reducing hunger and cravings. When eaten every day, a serving or two of coconut oil is a proven effective tool to help you feel full faster, avoid overeating, and snack less between meals.
4. Weight Loss
Daily consumption of coconut oil has been shown to help with weight loss, particularly around the midsection. By regulating appetite and improving digestion, coconut oil can make it much easier to reduce your daily caloric intake and lose weight at a healthy rate (around one to two pounds per week.) Because it is a natural mood enhancer, coconut oil may help you to feel more motivated and energetic which can also assist with weight loss.
5. Fight Infection
Coconut oil is anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Lauric acid which comprises about 50% of coconut oil dissolves the cellular walls of the bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. Adding a couple of servings to your diet daily can increase your body's resistance to illness and improve your digestive health.
6. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Disregard the old myth that all saturated fats are bad for you and a leading cause of heart disease. Coconut oil has been shown to improve overall cholesterol by simultaneously increasing HDL (good) and lowering LDL (bad) levels. It does this by helping the body to convert cholesterol in the blood stream into a usable form, thus reducing plaque build-up.
7. Better Nutrient Absorption
When ingested, coconut oil helps the digestive tract to better absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. If you take supplements for these nutrients, consider washing them down with a tablespoon of organic virgin coconut oil.
8. Hair Health
Just as it does for skin, coconut oil can also protect hair from sun damage and dehydration. When used regularly, coconut oil can also work to reduce or eliminate dandruff and other scalp irritations.
9. Normalize Brain Function
When digested, MCTs travel directly to the liver where they are synthesized into ketone bodies. These chemical compounds have a positive effect on several brain disorders, most notably – epilepsy & Alzheimer’s (the most common form of dementia.)
10. Stabilize Thyroid and Blood sugar
MCTs in coconut oil assist in the conversion of cholesterol into pregnenolone – one of the building blocks for synthesis of human hormones such as those responsible for healthy thyroid function. A daily serving of coconut oil can also help the body to use insulin more efficiently and stabilize blood-sugar levels.
***Remember that the statements in this article are not meant to substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your physician before altering any prescribed diet or prescribed treatment.***
Inspired from www.naturallivingideas.com, 10 Mind Blowing Reasons You Need Coconut Oil in Your Life
Dr. Andy Johnson