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Let’s examine the top five health benefits of coconut oil in diet. Coconut oil is loaded with healthy saturated fats that are readily available for energy.
Looking for a way to promote better health to feel in your prime again? Look no further than coconut-based products. All natural, no additives; just oil extracted from coconuts. Below are the top five health benefits of coconut oil in diet that have been driving people to consume more healthy coconut oil in recent years.
1. Good fats for brain health
Although coconut oil in the past was brought down because it contains 90% saturated fats, the saturated fats found in coconut oil are not the standard saturated fats that reduce health.
Instead, the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which go straight to the liver to serve as a source of quick energy. When excess energy is formed in the liver from these MCTs it is transformed into ketone bodies which help stimulate brain health and combat diseases like Alzheimers. Ketones have also been proven to help children cope with seizures due to epilepsy.
2. Feel better, longer
Do you ever feel down, lacking energy and not wanting to do anything? Coconut oil can help provide your body with long lasting energy that will sustain you for the entirety of the day. How is this so?
This again is due to the MCTs that stimulate brain health. Due to their composition, MCTs are more efficient at generating energy than their other fat counterparts. For the same amount of calories consumed between MCTs and longer fatty chains, MCTs proved to yield longer lasting energy expenditures. One study even showed that by consuming only 15 grams of MCTs per day, 24-hour energy expenditures increased by 5% reducing caloric intake by approximately 120 calories.
3. Curb your appetite
Do you ever get hunger cravings throughout the day that leaves you in a phase of constant snacking and forcing you to consume more calories than you feel necessary? Well, coconut oil consumption has been proven to reduce calorie intake by curbing appetite and allowing the body to have a satiated effect. This effect from the stomach tells the brain that you are full and prevents the desire to do unnecessary snacking.
4. Fight against disease
In a previous post, I discussed the health benefits of Lauricidin, scientifically known as monolaurin. When the MCTs in coconut oil are broken down via enzymes, monolaurin is formed. This monolaurin in turn helps curb infections without the deadly side effects that antibiotics have.
5. Clear your cardiovascular system
It was previously believed that saturated fats had a negative impact on cardiovascular health, mainly because experts believed that saturated fats increased “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood. Recently, however, it has been proven that the consumption of saturated fats like MCTs found in coconut oil actually reduce the creation of “bad” cholesterol and increase the levels of “good” cholesterol.
Whether you are looking to promote brain health, stop unhealthy eating habits, fight against disease, or keep your blood vessels cleared, coconut oil is a great product to incorporate into your diet and is easy to consume. And, if you have a hard time with the taste of coconut oil, you can always take it in capsule form.