7 Major Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut Oil

Who knew that just 2 tablespoons of coconut oil could work such magic? Coconut oil can improve or eliminate ailments from urinary tract infections to symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. We have put together a list of the many advantages of taking coconut oil.

#1 Lose Weight Everyone knows the formula for losing weight: lower your caloric intake and raise your physical activity. Or simply put, less in and more out. There are foods that boost your metabolism and coconut oil is definitely one of them. Eating coconut oil causes your body to burn more calories. In order to explain a calorie deficit diet, HealthCures says it so well, “It means you need to eat foods that boost your metabolism, not suppress it, so you can nourish your body AND set the stage to free the trapped fat to be burned by your muscles.” Another thing you need to pay attention to is your hormonal balance. This is important. For hormonal balance, you need to maintain healthy organs, in particular, your liver and your thyroid. Coconut oil also protects your liver, so your thyroid can function at a higher level. Assuming you are eating a healthy diet, coconut oil will help your body burn more calories than it takes in.

#2 For a Healthy Life I like to say that coconut oil is anti-many things, but in a good way. Let me show you why. Coconut nut oil is: • Anti-bacterial - urinary tract infections, throat infections and gum disease, all these can be stopped by regular consumption of coconut oil. • Anticarcinogenic: keeps dangerous cancer cells from spreading while boosting immunity. • Antifungal: destroys the infection that stimulates fungus and yeast. • Anti-inflammatory: suppresses inflammation and repairs tissue. • Antimicrobial—inactivates harmful microbes and fights infection. • Anti-oxidant—protects from free radical damage. • Antiretroviral/parasitic/protozoa/viral, rids the body of lice, tapeworms and other parasites, kills protozoan infection in the gut, kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis and more. And all it takes is just 2 tablespoons of this Superfood each day.

#3 Stabilized Blood Sugar and Insulin It’s true that coconut oil has no direct influence on blood sugar levels. However, there is a backdoor effect that certainly does impact on blood sugar. Diabetics have been advised for decades to consume low amounts of refined sugar and fats, as well as high carbohydrates. Clearly the ‘experts’ have ignored the benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil helps glucose enter your cells, slowing and reducing insulin levels in the blood stream. When it comes to the fats we cook with, especially for diabetics, it’s important to chose a high quality fat like coconut oil. The healthy fat in coconut oil plays an essential role in regulating blood sugar: it slows the digestive process to ensure a steady, even stream of energy from your food by lowering the overall glycemic index of your meal. When you include coconut oil in a meal with carbohydrates, the carbs are broken down into glucose more slowly, so blood sugar levels remain steady even after you eat. Coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), unlike modern vegetable oils like soybean, corn, and canola oils which are made of long-chain fatty acids, mostly polyunsaturated fatty acid. Oils that consist mainly of long-chain fatty acids may actually decrease cell’s ability to absorb blood sugar, which could cause or exacerbate insulin resistance and diabetes. Healthy cells use glucose, unhealthy cells don’t.

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#4 Lower Risk of Heart Disease In a study of a large Polynesian population, there was little surprise when they found no evidence of heart disease. More than 60% of their total calories came from coconut, and these people were in fantastic health. In a study of a Papea New Guinea population, no signs of stroke or heart attacks were found. This group thrive on coconut foods including the oil. In contrast, the United States has seen a significant rise in heart disease, stroke, and high cholesterol in the past 60 years. This was about the time saturated fat was beginning to be victimized. According to HealthyCures, ” Unlike polyunsaturated fatty acid oils, coconut oil does not oxidize when exposed to oxygen, light, or heat, so it doesn’t cause arterial damage as shown by the role of oxidative stress on your arteries (here). If you have a history of heart disease in your family, switching to coconut oil will have an immediate positive impact on your health and well-being.”

#5 Give Your Thyroid a Boost 34% of adults are affected with Metabolic syndrome (see source and explanation of syndrome here). 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. In addition, our consumption of polyunsaturated oils has increased since the early 1900s. How can these serious health issues be turned around? You guessed it, coconut oil. Coconut oil has the ability to boost thyroid levels and metabolic rate. Coconut oil has unique fatty acids that stimulate metabolism, supply the body with tremendous energy, and promote weight loss.

#6 Coconut Oil Fights Candida Fungus For a good, quick explanation of Candida fungus hop over to this link. According to Rice University,70% of all people are affected by Candida. It’s the reason you don’t feel well, can’t sleep properly. There’s a whole litany of symptoms of Candida, and it’s very important that you take the time to know what they are. And it is equally important that you know that coconut oil can stop Candida in its tracks.

#7 Coconut Oil Love to Eat Belly Fat Last but not least, taking 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily will actually melt the fat from your body, especially belly fat. Forty women with high volumes of belly fat were given 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. In 12 weeks they saw a significant reduction in their waist measurements. You can read about the study here. The more you learn about coconut oil, the more you will come to see it as a magical superfood. You’ll ask yourself, “Where have you been all my life?” Nevertheless, it’s here now and yours for the taking. Improve your health, start taking 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. As always, check with your doctor. I would like to acknowledge the wealth of information I got from HealthCures.

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