G’day and Hola friends!
So sorry that it’s been so long since we last wrote. We have had two international travel destinations that included Australia (Donna) and Spain (Daniela). We are back in town and ready to make “healthy” a priority again!
So today’s question is this…
What can help you with weight loss, proper digestion and metabolism, heart disease and diabetes?
The benefits are attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. The body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which has been shown to fight off viruses and bacteria causing diseases. Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial.
But isn’t it all saturated fat and bad for my heart?
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In fact over 90%. However, Coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Studies have shown that it does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be very effective in helping to reduce weight. It is easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. It also increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreas, thereby burning out more energy. The fat in the coconut oil helps keep you feeling full and plays an essential role in regulating blood sugar. It slows down the digestive process to ensure a steady, even stream of energy from your food by lowering the overall glycemic index of your meal.
Coconut oil helps in improve digestion because of the antimicrobial and anti fungal properties naturally found in coconut oil. This is how it helps eliminate stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins as vitamins and minerals.
Other benefits include:
Strengthening the immune system – with it’s antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties
Healing – Use it in place of a band-aid to form a layer of protection against dust, fungi and virus.
Hair Care – When rubbed into the scalp it can eliminate dandruff and help the re-growth of hair
Skin – Many use it as their moisturizer of choice. It prevents dryness, delays wrinkles and can help with psoriasis.
Dental Care – Coconut oil helps with calcium absorption (good for teeth!) and with it’s antimicrobial properties it helps keep your breath fresh.
There are so many other benefits to coconut oil to experience as well! In another blog we will talk about how to use it in smoothies, incorporate it into recipes and more.
Our Raw Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is now available at Sprouts Market in Greensboro.
We look forward to hearing your coconut oil success story soon!
Make it a super day!
Yours in health,
Donna and Daniela