Health Benefits of Coconut Oil: Is It Really Good for You?By Kimberley Spinney - 3 min read
A list of some of the major benefits of adding this wonder oil to your daily routine.
When it comes to being healthy, there are all kinds of products with different claims. Whether it is something like drinking water with lemon juice or even adding coconut oil to your daily routine, there are so many different dietary recommendations out there for people to learn about.
For people interested in learning more about something as simple as coconut oil, we are here to give you the heads up as to what the real benefits are from incorporating this “superfood” into your diet. With so many rumors, misconceptions, and unknowns surrounding what coconut oil is actually good for, we have come with a list of some of the major benefits of adding this wonder oil to your daily routine.
Virgin coconut oil is pressed from the fresh meat of raw coconuts. It is cold-pressed and filtered and retains the classic ‘coconut’ smell as well as many micronutrients in the oil. Most research into the health benefits of coconut oil is based on virgin coconut oil #coconut pic.twitter.com/DuYnz7AM2k— Bright on Health (@brightonhealthk) February 24, 2018
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Improves Overall Health
It is a well-documented fact that in parts of the world where coconut is heavily consumed, generations of families have thrived. In fact, there are populations whose diets consist of 60 percent coconut based calories, and these individuals are extremely healthy with extremely low rates of heart health issues.
One of the main reasons that coconut oil is considered to be good for one’s overall health is due to the fact that it is high in healthy saturated fats which can help in boosting fat burning, while also providing energy to both the brain and the body. All of this to say that there seems to be a reduction in heart disease for people who incorporate coconut oil into their diet.
Another aspect of overall health that seems to be improved by the addition of coconut oil is digestion. Coconut oil is said to help with any problems a person has with their stomach because it improves digestive health thanks to its antimicrobial properties. These antimicrobials help deal with the many parasites, fungi, and bacteria that often lead to indigestion. Plus, as an added bonus it helps to make overall absorption of necessary nutrients, such as amino acids, minerals, and vitamins happen.
Better Dental Health
While most people know that calcium is exceedingly important for one’s teeth, coconut oil actually helps to better facilitate its absorption. On top of helping your teeth bring in the necessary calcium they need, coconut oil also helps in stopping tooth decay because it helps to reduce the formation of plaque.
Improves Skin Health
Some people may not know this, but coconut oil is actually really good for your skin. It is an effective moisturizer for any type of skin, which means whether you have oily or dry skin, this is a great alternative to traditional massage oils.
On top of its moisturizing benefits, coconut oil is also good for other skin conditions. If you have skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis to name a few, then the addition of coconut oil can be great for treating these problems all due to its antioxidant properties.
Immune Health Improved
Another benefit of coconut oil is its immunity boosting properties. Because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, coconut oil is truly a bacteria-fighting addition to anyone’s diet.
When it comes to health benefits, there are many people who are looking for products that can aid them in weight loss. Although nothing beats traditional diet and exercise, this does not mean you don’t want a weight loss booster.
According to researchers, one of the reasons that coconut oil is a good weight loss aid is because it contains short and medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids help people to lose excess weight, and for women, in particular, it is being said that it can help to reduce obesity in the abdominal area of the body. Coconut oil also helps to aid in proper thyroid and endocrine system function, both of which are influential in weight management.
*Overall there are many health benefits to coconut oil, and while there are certainly people who do not believe the hype behind the product, based on the fact that people have been consuming the oil for thousands of years, there seems to be a lot of truth to many of the claims. Plus, as more and more people share their own success stories, researchers have really begun focusing on the real benefits of coconut oil, many of which have already been verified.
While you may not change your entire life around to incorporate coconut oil into your diet and beauty routine, even some small changes can have a big impact.*
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