I don’t think I will ever stop appreciating the never ending benefits and uses of coconut oil. I’m sure you have heard of tons of benefits for your hair and skin before, but the benefits of what it can do for your health are never ending!
But what actually is coconut oil?
Being one of the most concentrated sources of energy (100g oil holds 884 calories), coconut oil is very rich in saturated fats. I know that you will be thinking that’s a ridiculous amount of calories, alongside it predominantly being saturated fats, however coconut oil will give ‘good’ HDL cholesterol a boost! Of course, too much saturated fat in the diet is unhealthy as it raises ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels, but coconut oil is made up for Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are fatty acids of medium length metabolized differently to other fatty acids. So ultimately, coconut oil (taken in moderation) does have its benefits!
So… what are these wonderful benefits?
In a nutshell:
#1 Weight loss – The MCTs in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term. For more information on weight loss through using coconut oil visit: https://authoritynutrition.com/coconut-oil-and-weight-loss/
#2 Strengthens the immune system – By containing antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, they all have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, therefore dealing with viruses and bacteria.
#3 Increases the absorption of Calcium and Magnesium – Which are good for muscle strength and vital for bone strength.
#4 Energy – Coconut oil is an immediate source of energy when consumed that isn’t stored as fat.
#5 Insulin Levels – Several studies have shown that it has the ability to help insulin levels when consumed regularly.
Finally, a lovely little tip for you (which also tastes amazing). Try adding 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to your morning coffee to increase energy, improve your metabolism and kick start your immune system!
So, there you have 5 wonderful benefits of the miracle oil. I could list hundreds of different benefits, but for now, I will leave you with those 5.