Coconut oil has lots of health benefits for different things and can be considered as a “Superfood”. It has an extraordinary combination of fatty acids that have a positive effect on human health. Researchers have discovered the secret to this remarkable superfood: which are its healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Health benefits of coconut oil may include fat loss, better brain function to name a few.
Listed are the top 5 research-based health benefits of coconut oil:
Good For Heart Health: It is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (also called HDL cholesterol) in the body but also help convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By increasing the HDL in the body, it helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil also benefits the heart by lowering the high levels of triglycerides.
Aids Weight Loss: Many research studies claim that the capric acid and other medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil can help to curb appetite and aid weight loss. It is also known to boost metabolism and accelerate the weight loss process.
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Lauric acid present in coconut oil is particularly good at killing bacteria, viruses, and fungi and, therefore, great in helping you stave off infections when used externally. You can apply it to your nails if you have a fungal infection. In fact, when taken internally coconut oil reacts with enzymes to forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin.
Good for Hair and Skin: Treats various skin and hair issues, be it Psoriasis, eczema, bacterial infection, dandruff or itchy scalp. It has beauty effects on hair and skin health as it keeps the hair and skin moisturized and supple.
Promotes Brain Health: It is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized in a different manner than most types of fat. The MCTs in coconut oil breaks down into ketones, which can be used by brain cells for fuel.