Sometimes the most the beneficial supplements are the ones that have been hiding in plain sight. This definitely applies to coconut oil, that jar of a sometimes solid, sometimes liquid substance that you never really know what to use for. Well, it turns out you can use it for practically everything. Not only is it a great addition to your diet, but it can help improve your hair, skin, as well as benefit other surprising aspects of your life. Below are a few of the more surprising positive attributes of coconut oil and how it can greatly influence your life.
There used to be the notion out there that eating fat would make you fat. However, we are learning now that healthy fats like coconut oil can actually help you lose weight. One study found that eating between 15 and 30 grams of coconut oil a day will help burn 120 extra calories. Although it is high in saturated fat, it is a type of saturated fat that the body can easily digest and use for energy. By increasing your energy levels, you burn more calories, allowing for better weight loss.
Reduces Diabetes Risk
Coconut oil contains a type of saturated fat called MCTs. MCTs help the body tolerate glucose and prevent weight gain, both which can contribute to diabetes, leading researchers to believe that it is a solid preventative measure against diabetes. For people who already have Type 2 Diabetes, coconut oil has been shown to improve their sensitivity insulin, offering some relief from diabetic symptoms.
The Lauric Acid and monolaurin in coconut oil can be major assets when trying to ward off infection in the body. Together these two components can kill harmful pathogens made up of fungi, bacteria and viruses. Consuming coconut oil regularly will put these infection fighters in your system, giving you an edge against diseases trying to invade your body, including staph infection.
The fat in the coconut oil can do more than just trim down your waist line. Studies show that the fatty acids in the oil become ketones once they are consumed. Since the body is able to almost immediately digest coconut oil and transport it to the liver, the ketones inside are able to readily help protect against seizures. Research was able to link the reduction in epileptic fits to the consumption of coconut oil, making it a safe supplement for any age group.
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