For many years we have been led to believe that coconut oil, made up of almost 90% saturated fatty acids, was bad for our health. Coconut oil is made up of saturated fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that are not like all other saturated fats (such as long-chain triglycerides (TCL)) found in most foods .
In fact, MCTs are metabolized differently. They are more quickly degraded and absorbed by the body, providing a quick energy source and less likely to be stored as fat. TCMs are therefore extremely beneficial for your health and metabolism.
Organic coconut oil has many health benefits, but be sure to consume organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil (as offered by XPN).
Here are some of the benefits based on several studies:
Anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties
The virgin coconut oil contains caprillic acid and lauric acid which are known for their antiviral and antimicrobial effect. Organic coconut oil is also an excellent cleanser for the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, lauric acid has a very favorable effect on our body.
Increases metabolic rate
Virgin coconut oil stimulates metabolism and provides an immediate source of energy. When you add coconut oil to your diet, you burn more calories because your metabolism increases. Therefore, incorporating coconut oil into your healthy weight loss plan is a great idea.
Healthy for your skin, hair and nails
Applying organic virgin coconut oil to your skin will help moisturize your skin, as well as make it softer and smoother. It is also believed to slow the premature aging and wrinkles of your skin.
In addition, coconut oil can effectively help keep hair and nails beautiful, healthy and shiny. It is considered one of the best natural nutrients for your hair.
Gives you instant energy
Easy to digest, coconut oil can help you feel less tired by giving you a lasting energy. It can also improve athletic performance. After a hard workout, this will help you better store glycogen (insulin sensitivity) and serve as a source of energy. Today, many athletes use it as a source of fuel before and during training. A simple way to use it is to add it to a smoothie (see the recipe), to a coffee or to a gluten-free toast (instead of butter).
Good immune system support
Virgin coconut oil is rich in lauric acid: super nutrient for the immune system.
Supports healthy thyroid function
Organic coconut oil can help naturally balance the hormones as it is an excellent source of saturated fat and lauric acid. Studies have revealed that the beneficial fats of coconut oil help to stimulate the activity and proper functioning of the thyroid gland. This important gland provides us with energy. In addition, in order to naturally balance the hormones, it is important to reduce the intake of sugars, cereals and to have proper consumption of good fats (such as coconut, avocado and flax seed.)
Better digestion means better absorption of minerals, nutrients and vitamins. Fortunately, coconut oil does it all! By helping the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins (like magnesium and calcium), coconut oil contributes to an increase in the body’s ability to absorb these valuable nutrients. In addition, taking coconut oil simultaneously with fatty acids (Omega-3) will make them more effective.
Helps to burn more fat and facilitates muscle development
Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense to say that this can help you lose weight. It seems particularly effective in reducing belly fat, lodging in the abdominal cavity and around the organs. Also, coconut oil is not only good for burning fat, it is great for building muscle!
Article written by: Julie Murray