There has been a growing hype around coconut oil and its many benefits. A growing amount of people rant and rave about how good it is for you and it has become readily available at health shops and most pharmacies. You have probably heard of this increase in popularity and you may even have heard mention of what coconut oil can do for you, but what is the real story behind this so-called “super food”? Does it really work, and why?
Over the past couple of years, many scientific research has been conducted by both enthusiasts and skeptics. Some were inconclusive, but a massive majority of over 1600 of these all came to the same conclusion; there is a reason behind the madness. Coconut oil contains saturated fat, which in the past few decades has become recognized by health councils as an essential part of our diet. It also contains medium-chain fatty acids, or MCFAs, which are largely missing from contemporary diets.
The two most significant MCFAs are caprylic acid (C8) and capric acid (C10). Lauric acid (C12) has a longer carbon chain but behaves exactly like an MCFA. These three substances make up 62% of coconut oil. What makes MCFAs so miraculous is that they release ketones in the body, which is normally produced by the body in the breaking down of fatty acids and has many health advantages. MCFAs are more impressive than long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) because they are absorbed by the body at a much faster rate and therefore produce more notable results.
Coconut Oil Benefits
Comprehending how coconut oil works is the starting point. The next step is grasping what this implies. Fatty acids serve as brain food, giving you a cognitive boost and mental clarity, even serving to battle mental diseases. Lauric acid is a great foodstuff and MCFAs, in general, make you feel fuller for longer to help curb obesity and assist in weight loss.
Coconut oil reduces the negative effects of cholesterol, prevents heart disease and high blood pressure, aids your body in fighting bacterial and fungal infections such as candida, and boosts your immune system. It can be used as an enhancement during exercise to boost energy and endurance. These are just some of the more common benefits, but the extensive list carries on.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Skin
Beauty and skincare products these days often boast on their labels that it contains coconut oil. It is high in vitamin E and incredibly versatile. It can be used as an alternative to most store-bought products, from shaving cream, moisturizer and makeup remover to hair mask, lip balm and massage oil. Using coconut oil in oil pulling has proven beneficial to dental and gum health and your hair will love its detangling effects.
Now you’ll understand that the hype is not just another health craze. As word of its wonder spreads, coconut oil becomes less expensive and more easily obtained. Helping you look and feel younger, there are more than enough reasons to add more of this superfood to your diet and your life in general.