My regular readers will know that for the last few weeks I have been looking at the various benefits of Coconut Oil.
First I looked at the benefits of Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil here, then I looked at the ways Coconut Oil can be used as part of your beauty routine here. Today in the third and final part of my mini series, I will be looking at the health and fitness benefits of this miracle product.
Before I start though can I remind you of the importance of buying a good quality virgin oil and to stay away from hydrogenated coconut oil. We have all heard about the difference between good and bad fats. Hydrogenated Coconut Oil is full of unhealthy, bad fats. Virgin Coconut Oil on the other hand is full of all of those good fats which are crucial for a happy healthy body.
So what can your tub of Virgin Coconut Oil do for your health and fitness?
1. Coconut Oil is Great for Your Heart
The lauric acid in coconut oil has the power to keep your heart happy and healthy by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the good cholesterol (HDL).
2. Coconut Oil Helps Prevent and Treat Candida
Coconut Oil has a high level of Caprylic Acid which is known to kill off excess Candida by targeting harmful bacteria.
3. Coconut Oil Boosts your Energy
Coconut oil is a brilliant source of energy. If you’re looking for an energy lift, a teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee or with some food will work wonders.
4. Coconut Oil is a Healthy Alternative to Cooking Oil.
Unlike sunflower oil or even virgin olive oil, cooking with coconut oil is incredibly healthy. It has a much higher smoke point than other conventional cooking oils which means it maintains its goodness even when heated. People assume Olive Oil is the most healthy oil to use but in fact Olive Oil is only beneficial when used cold as a dressing. For frying, baking or roasting, coconut oil is the way to go.
5. Coconut Oil is Vegan Friendly
It’s not just cooking with coconut oil that’s great, coconut oil is great for vegans as an alternative to butter as it is solid at room temperature. It’s a purely natural product free from any animal products or dairy so it is a great ingredients for vegans.
6. Coconut Oil is Good for your Brain
Coconut oil can actually help your brain work more efficiently by increasing its energy supply in the form of ketones. Studies have shown that as well as improving your cognitive function, coconut oil can be a great aid for the prevention or containment of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s
7. Coconut Oil will help you Exercise
Because of its easy conversion to ketones, Coconut Oil will enhance your sports performance especially in anaerobic sports such as sprints or when you’re doing short bursts of high intensity exercise like HIIT.
8. Coconut Oil is Great for Indigestion
If you suffer from digestive problems like IBS then eating coconut oil is a great way to soothe your symptoms. The properties and fats within coconut oil also help in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids and its antimicrobial properties help in dealing with the various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion.
9. Coconut Oil Supports Your Immune System
Coconut Oil is rich in Lauric Acid which supports the bodies immune system.
10. Coconut Oil Reduces Cravings
Coconut Oil does not produce a insulin spike in your bloodstream. Instead it has been shown to control and stabilise blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin. As well as helping those with diabetes and insulin resistance, this can help the rest of us stick to out healthy eating plans by reducing cravings.
11. Coconut Oil Helps With Weight Loss
Even though it is a fat, it is true that Coconut Oil can help you lose weight. As well as reducing cravings, increasing your metabolism and improving the quality of your exercising, coconut oil does not linger in the blood like other fats. Instead it is sent STRAIGHT to the liver where it is converted to energy. I repeat, fat from Coconut Oil will not be stored as fat on your body, it will be used to create energy instead.
12. Coconut Oil is Just Plain Yummy
Coconut Oil tastes amazing. It has a more subtle flavour than coconut water and can be used to flavour and sweeten dishes without totally overpowering them.
You can add Coconut Oil to your diet very easily, just use it to flavour your coffee, cook with it or take a spoonful a few times a day as a supplement. It really doesn’t make a difference how you take it, just start adding it to your diet so you too can experience the health and fitness benefits of coconut oil.
Have you started adding coconut oil to your dental, beauty or fitness routines?