The short answer is Yes! Coconut Oil is good for you and here are the reasons why.
- Coconut oil is a saturated fat but unlike other saturated fats it is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Most other saturated fats are made up of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs).
- MCFAs are shorter and smaller than long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). Because MCFAs are smaller they digest much more easily and have a greater solubility in water. Unlike LCFAs, pancreatic digestive enzymes and bile are not even necessary for their digestion. Because of this, coconut oil can provide a quick and easy source of nutrition without taxing the enzyme systems of the body.
- Because MCFAs are easily digested they also tend to improve the absorption of other nutrients as well. When coconut oil is added into the diet, it enhances the absorption of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, some of the B vitamins, the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K and beta carotene) and some amino acids (ie protein).
- Because MCFAs are preferentially used by the liver as a source of fuel to produce energy, coconut oil consumption can boost your energy level.
- Because MCFAs are used to produce energy rather than packed away into fat cells, coconut oil can be useful in weight management.
- Coconut oil satisfies hunger better than any other fat, and probably any other food. When you add coconut oil to a meal you become satisfied sooner and do not get as hungry between meals so you can go longer without snacking.
- Coconut oil can lift your metabolism to a higher level. As metabolism increases, calories are consumed at a higher rate. As more calories are burned up, fewer are left to be converted into body fat.
- Studies have shown that after a single meal containing MFCAs, metabolism remains elevated for a full 24 hours! So after eating a meal containing coconut oil your metabolism will be elevated for 24 hours.
- Coconut oil provides a source of highly efficient cellular food.
- MCFAs can be absorbed both externally and internally. This is one of the reasons why coconut oil can work wonders for skin problems. Blemishes such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, wounds, and sores dramatically improve in many cases.
- One of the most remarkable characteristics of MCFAs in coconut oil is their ability to kill germs and parasites. The MCFAs in coconut oil are identical to those in human breast milk and possess the same antimicrobial properties. MCFAs are effective in killing bacteria as well as viruses, fungi and parasites.
- MCFAs and more specifically their medium-chain monoglycerides not only kill many disease causing microorganisms but evidence suggests that they enhance the immune system. The MCFAs in coconut oil can kill off Helicobacter pylori (said to be the cause of peptic ulcers), streprococcus, herpes and candida albicans.
- Coconut oil can aid people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis) by balancing the intestinal environment and protecting and healing inflamed tissues along the digestive tract.
- Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant. The higher the saturated fatty acid content of a fat or oil, the more stable it is and the more effective it is as an antioxidant.
These are only a few reasons why Coconut Oil Is Good For You.
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