At Clean360, we know that coconut oil benefits go above and beyond what most people may realize. The secrets of this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called medium-chained fatty acids (MCFAs); include being easier to digest, not readily stored as fat, anti-fungal and anti-microbial, and processed by the liver. All of this makes coconut oil an excellent ingredient to include in our soaps, but how exactly does coconut oil benefits the body. According to medical research, here are the primary health benefits of coconut oil:
Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only improve healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL (or “bad cholesterol) into good cholesterols. By escalating the HDLs in your body, it helps strengthen your heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.
Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
The high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduce inflammation and heal arthritis… sometimes more effectively than prescription medications. When coconut oil is harvested at medium heat, it surpasses inflammatory cells. Coconut oil works as both an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic.
Cancer Prevention and Treatment
You may not have known this, but coconut oil has two important qualities that help to fight cancer. One, because of the ketones produced in digestion. Tumor cells are glucose dependent and not able to access energy in ketones. Some studies say that a “ketogenic” diet could help a cancer patient recover.
Two, the MCFAs can sometimes kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that’s known for increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, coconut oil reduces the cancer from spreading.
Immune System Bootster
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is known to reduce candida and fight bacteria. Coconut oil creates a hostile environment for viruses, which fights many diseases today that are caused by overgrown bacteria, funguses, and parasites in the body.
You can improve your immune system by replacing the grains and sugars in your diet with coconut oil. Sugar feeds the body bad bacteria. Taking 1 TBSP of coconut oil 3X daily along with plenty of vegetables and broth when sick can help strengthen your body.
Improves Energy and Endurance
Coconut oil is easy to digest, but it also increases your metabolism and acts as a fuel source. After taking a tablespoon of non-processed coconut oil, the MCFA’s are sent directly to the Liver and converted into energy.
Today, triathletes will take coconut oil as their source of fuel for training and racing during long distance events. You can make a homemade coconut oil energy fuel by mixing 1TBSP of coconut oil, raw honey, and organic chia seeds together. Simply mix the three together and consume prior to exercising.
Additional benefits to coconut oil include hair strengthening, anti-aging, balancing hormones, and so much more. Pick up organic, all-natural and non-processed coconut oil at your local store today and notice the benefits yourself!