Coconut Oil has become very popular in recent years and rightly so as it contains a long list of health benefits and is a leading multipurpose superfood.
We stumbled across a great article recently outlining 10 of the main benefits coconut oil has. With health at the forefront of our ethos and Dr. Coy’s Coconut Oil one of our favourite products we love hearing all about coconut oil!
The unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil may have positive effects on your health, such as boosting fat loss, heart health, and brain function.
Here are 10 evidence-based health benefits of coconut oil.
1. Contains healthy fatty acids
Coconut oil is high in MCTs, a type of fat that your body metabolizes differently than most other fats. MCTs are responsible for many of the health benefits of coconut oil.
2. May boost heart health
Several populations around the world have thrived for generations eating a substantial amount of coconut, and studies show they have good heart health.
3. May encourage fat burning
Research notes that MCTs can increase the number of calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%. However, coconut oil itself may not have the same effect.
4. May have antimicrobial effects
Using coconut oil as a mouthwash may prevent mouth infections, but more evidence is needed.
5. May reduce hunger
MCTs can significantly reduce appetite, which may lead to reduced body weight over the long term.
6. May reduce seizures
The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures in children with epilepsy.
7. May raise HDL (good) cholesterol
A few studies have shown that coconut oil can raise blood levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which is linked to improved metabolic health and a lower risk of heart disease.
8. May protect your skin, hair, and teeth
People can apply coconut oil to their skin, hair, and teeth. Studies suggest it works as a skin moisturizer, protects against skin damage, and improves oral health.
9. May boost brain function in Alzheimer’s disease
Early studies suggest that MCTs can increase blood levels of ketones, potentially relieving Alzheimer’s symptoms. Yet, further studies are needed.
10. May help reduce harmful abdominal fat
As some of the fatty acids in coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it may also help you lose weight. Coconut oil is still high in calories, so you should use it sparingly. Replacing some of your other cooking fats with coconut oil could have a small weight loss benefit, but the evidence is inconsistent overall (31Trusted Source).
11. The bottom line
The oil derived from coconuts has a number of emerging benefits for your health. In order to get the most out of it, make sure to choose organic, virgin coconut oil rather than refined versions.