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Why Coconut Oil is classified as a superfood you shouldn’t be without

Why Coconut Oil is classified as a superfood you shouldn’t be without

  • Coconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

  • The lauric acid in coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to fight off infections while strengthning the immune system

Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Research has shown that it has an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil is also highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

  • Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat

The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day. So put it in your shake, smoothie or cook with it.

  • Great for hair care and skin care

Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Therefore, it is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. Coconut oil helps minimize wrinkles by promoting collagen production and replacement and therefore delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging. Due to its well-known antioxidant properties, it also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin diseases.

Coconut oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair.

  • Dental care

Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay. Recent research suggests that coconut oil is beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis.

  • Coconut oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual going back over 3,000 years. Essentially, oil pulling is just using a high quality organic oil as a mouthwash to help cleanse the mouth. You put a tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth and then swishing it around for up to 20 minutes, minimum 5 minutes (pulling it between your teeth), before spitting it out. Do not swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins you are trying to wipe out. Afterwards brush your teeth and rinse your mouth out. The mouth is the home to millions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other toxins but the oil acts like a cleanser, pulling these out before they get a chance to spread throughout the body. This frees up the immune system, reduces stress, curtails internal inflammation and aids well-being.

Benefits of oil pulling:

1. WHITENS TEETH

2. INCREASES ENERGY

3. DETOXES THE BODY

4. AIDS HORMONAL CHANGES

5. REDUCES HEADACHES

6. KEEPS THE SKIN CLEAR

7. PROMOTES ORAL HYGIENE

Coconut Oil Info

Sources:

https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-7-health-benefits-of-oil-pulling

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