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The Benefits of Coconut Oil – A True Superfood

Coconut oil has gained a reputation for being unhealthy because it's made up of mostly saturated fat. However, not only is it extremely healthy, there are many significant benefits that are not even available from any other food!

The primary health benefits fall into these general categories:

  • improvement in heart health
  • weight loss
  • improved energy levels and endurance
  • stronger immune system
  • healthier digestion and better metabolism
  • healthier skin and hair

Improves your heart health. Even though it's predominately a saturated fat, there are many factors that contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease compared to other dietary oils. Natural coconut oil tends to increase HDL cholesterol and actually improve your cholesterol profile. New research has demonstrated that its medium-chain fats protect against heart disease and may one day even be used as a treatment to cure it!

Stimulates your metabolism to help with weight loss. It contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that help in taking off excess weight. MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.

Coconut oil is also easy to digest and helps in the healthy functioning of your thyroid gland. A sluggish thyroid is one reason why some people are unable to lose weight, no matter what they do.

Helps in improving the digestive system. It aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and amino acids – thus preventing various stomach- and digestion-related problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.

Boosts energy levels and endurance. It breaks down quickly in the liver and can be used like you would use a carbohydrate. Athletes and bodybuilders use it as a natural supplement in sports drinks.

Maintains normal blood sugar levels. Regular use reduces your risk of developing diabetes, and is effective in controlling the symptoms of diabetes.

Coconut oil has often been compared to carbohydrates in its ability to be "burned" for energy. However, since insulin is not involved in the process of digesting it, you won't get those carb-related spikes in your blood sugar level.

Support for your immune system. Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It kills the bacteria that cause pneumonia, sore throats, dental cavities, urinary tract infections, measles, meningitis, gonorrhea, food poisoning, pneumonia, and many more bacterial infections. It also kills the fungus/yeast infections that cause candida, ringworm, athletes foot, thrush, jock itch, diaper rash and more.

Keeps your skin and hair healthy and young-looking. There's no better oil for your skin! It smoothes and moisturizes, promotes skin elasticity, helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

Coconut oil is one of the most common natural ingredients found in shampoos and hair conditioning products today, for good reason. It contains several different nutrients that keep your hair strong, protect it from the effects of aging, and make it healthier and shinier.

How to Use It in Your Diet

There are several ways you can add coconut oil to your everyday life, and it really is easy! It's stable even during long periods of storage, and needs no refrigeration. Because its melting point is 76? F, it can be used in both liquid or solid forms. It has a neutral flavor that makes it ideal for use in frying, cooking and baking. You can use it in any recipe that calls for vegetable oil, shortening or butter

You can even try it right out of the jar for a quick burst of energy, without creating a spike in your blood sugar levels.

So don't avoid coconut oil because you've heard that it's bad for you. Discover more of the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and start using it today!

-By: Stan Mrak

Stan Mrak has had a passion for anti aging nutrition for over 30 years. Visit his website at for the most practical and useful information on antioxidants anywhere. Discover how antioxidants hold the secret for staying young and avoiding degenerative diseases.