More and more research is being published regarding the benefits of coconut oil. These benefits include:
– promotion of weight loss
– treatment of skin conditions
– provides a source of energy
– kills Candida fungus
– improves symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes
– promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health
Healthy fats, such as the ones found in coconut oil, provide the building blocks for healthy hormones which can help with desired weight loss and reduced inflammation in the body. Unlike most oils, coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides of MCTs which contribute to efficient energy burning. MCTs have also been found to positively affect hormones because they help to regulate blood sugar levels and insulin response. For these reasons, coconut oil has been found to improve metabolism, energy levels and endurance.
Coconut oil can be added to recipes in place of vegetable oil or butter. Look for high-quality brands that are labeled unrefined or extra-virgin (or both) in order to ensure a clean, unprocessed product and therefore get the most health benefits possible.