We all know that coconut oil is great for our body, but this multi-talented superhero can do much more for your health than you might think!
A few years ago, coconut oil was considered to be a fat causing heart disease, now it is proclaimed as “the healthiest oil on earth“. How did that come about? Coconut oil is a saturated oil, which were understood to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease. But the essential fatty acids in coconut oil metabolizes very differently when compared to other saturated fats such as those contained in most meat and dairy products.
Most of the fatty acids in your diet are long-chained (LCT), coconut oil, however, contains a unique form of fatty acids known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Unlike other saturated fats, MCTs provide an energy source for the body rather than being stored. The fatty acids in coconut oil are shorter and more water-soluble than those in other oils, such as olive oil. MCTs go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into so-called ketones. This fact has a lot of benefits:
Coconut Oil can boost your energy levels
The human body does not store digested MCTs as fat, but instead converts them into energy. Imagine your body as a finely tuned, well-oiled machine, running smoothly! So, how much coconut oil should you consume per day? Add two to three tablespoons of coconut oil to your daily diet. That’s enough. When consumed in the morning, coconut oil can boost your energy levels for a very long period (that’s why the “bulletproof coffee“ works).
Coconut Oil Helps To Stabilize Your Blood-Sugar
What is the best way to stabilize the blood sugar? Healthy fats! Coconut oil is a source of instant energy, much like carbohydrates. But, unlike carbs, coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. This saves you from a slump, and is really good news for anyone struggling with insulin issues. The right amount of coconut oil per day can actually help your body to maintain stable blood-sugar levels.
Coconut Oil can fight cravings
After two tablespoons of coconut oil I’m not hungry any more and my cravings are totally gone. It satisfies and fills you up, immediately. Add two to three tablespoons of coconut oil to your meals each day and you will forget about snacking all the time between meals.
Coconut Oil Helps To Balance Your Hormones
Coconut oil is amazing for hormone health and can balance thyroid function by promoting the conversion of cholesterol into pregnenolone, one of the building blocks our bodies use to produce hormones. Without these building blocks your body can’t properly synthesize the hormones needed to regulate such things as mood, thyroid function, digestion, sex drive and metabolism.
Coconut Oil improves digestion
Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both food and medicine. For a reason! Coconut oil is a natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. It helps to reduce inflammation and detox your body on a deep level. Studies have shown that it promotes the production of healthy hormones which improve digestion, reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, and help you burn away stubborn fat stores such as those around the waist, buttocks, and thighs.
Coconut Oil helps the body absorb nutrients more efficiently
This oil actually helps your digestive tract to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, more efficiently. These vitamins are responsible for healthy skin and bones, cellular regeneration, good mood, and brain function. Several studies have shown that the levels of vitamins D and E showed marked improvements after consuming coconut oil for only a few weeks. This means if you cook your vegetables in a little coconut oil, you’ll be able to absorb the nutrients in the vegetables better. When your body has all of the vitamins and minerals that it needs, it means less stress, reduced hunger, and more energy for workouts.
Please note: Consume coconut oil in moderation! Despite its amazing health benefits, coconut oil is high in calories. To get the best results, limit your intake to three tablespoons per day and don’t over-consume it.
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