Coconut oil is the Superfood with medicinal properties! I am b-a-n-a-n-a-s for coconut oil and here are (only) a few of the reasons why:
Being a Superfood that is considered a “healthy” saturated fat makes it a very special food. Coconut oil fats can actually boost how you’re body processes or “burns” fats. Here’s the quick 101 science, unlike other fats, coconut oil is made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s). Most high fat diets are made up of fats that contain long-chain triglycerides. Ready for a surprise? Medium-chain triglycerides’s fatty acids are shorter than the long-chair triglycerides! Being shorter, when consumed, they are sent directly to the liver where they are quickly converted into energy for the body, or Ketones for the brain. The body quickly processes these fats and also boost fat burning at the same time!
Good Cholesterol (HDL)
Yep! Coconut oil is part of the “good” cholesterol family, known as your HDL. Consuming foods that are rich in “good” fats not only raise your HDL levels, but are also linked to reducing the risk of heart disease.
Anti-fungal + Antibacterial Properties
Being a natural resource with anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, I am constantly hearing of new uses. Let’s start with oil pulling! Oil Pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that is used to improve oral hygiene. People use Oil Pulling to fight bad breath, gingivitis, tooth decay, and even reduce plaque. Because of its potent antibacterial properties many even use coconut oil to pull harmful bacteria from their mouths when they are not feeling well or have sore throats. Can be used on cuts, scrapes, and even gentle enough for healing the perineum after giving birth. Many even use a little coconut oil when they have a toe infection or to improve overall nail health. It’s also anti-inflammatory so ingesting on the reg can help fight off internal inflammation of the gut and even joints!
A Natural Beauty Product (Right In Your Pantry)
In addition to consuming, it can also be a useful and affordable part of your beauty regimen! It is nutrient dense, but also gentle enough to benefit your entire body. Coconut oil can be used to moisturize and nourish your hair, skin, lips, and nails. Not to mention you will smell like a tropical island! Use on itchy skin, dandruff, chapped or dry lips, on stretch marks (great during and after pregnancy), to contain cold sores, and even to treat eczema (safe for children). Some suggest when used regularly, the appearance of cellulite may be minimized. Worth a shot right?
The brain needs fats in order to function. When the MCLs are broken down they are converted into energy for the body and also ketones for the brain. Ketones are powerful and important for the brain’s function. There are studies, but no proven evidence, that regular consumption of coconut oil may be used to treat (or prevent) Alzheimer’s. The general theory is that MCL’s increase the blood levels of ketones, which is then used as a form of fuel for the brain. When it comes to Alzheimer’s, experts believe patients are unable to produce energy from glucose, so the brains nerve cells are then eventually “starved.” The treatment theory is based on the way the body processes MCL’s to create energy for the brain. Theoretically, the ketones coconut oil creates could then be used as an alternative form of energy for the brain. Fascinating!
Uses and applications for this delicious Superfood are endless, tell me more!!!