Health Benefits of Coconut Oil


Sometimes coconut oil gets a bad rap, and there’s a misconception that coconut oil is bad for you. In actuality, it’s one of the healthiest oils that you can consume.

Here are the top seven reasons to consider using coconut oil as an alternative to other common cooking oils.

1. Coconut oil doesn’t store as fat in your body.

Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil won’t make you fat.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), an easy fuel for the body to burn without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT).

LCTs are typically stored as fat. Since coconut oil is an MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy quickly. People in the tropics have relied on coconuts for centuries as a traditional staple in their diet. They consume large amounts of coconut oil every day and instead of getting fatter, it helps them stay healthy, lean, and trim. When they switch from coconut oil to our modern oils, they develop obesity and the health problems our modern society faces.

2. Coconut oil increases your metabolism.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy more quickly in your body, but it also increases your metabolism, which promotes weight loss. Coconut oil boosts your metabolism and helps your body burn fat more effectively.

In fact, coconut oil may triple your calorie burn. Since coconut oil is an MCT, it is converted to energy so quickly that it creates a lot of heat. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCTs burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than LCTs.

The February 15, 2005 issue of Woman’s World magazine stated that coconut oil is the “underground high-metabolism secret.”
This is excellent news for people with thyroid problems since coconut oil improves sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones.

Most other common oils, like vegetable (soy) and corn, have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Coconut oil has omega-3 fatty acids.

Most cooking oils contain omega-6 fatty acids, something we get way too much of in the United States. Our omega-6 to omega-3 ratio should be 1:1, but it is more like 50:1. We need to reduce our omega-6 oils drastically and consume much more omega-3 fats to be healthy. And coconut oil is loaded with these healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Coconut oil gives you energy.

Due to the healthy omega-3 fatty acids and the fact that it increases metabolism, most people who switch to coconut oil feel a burst of added energy in their daily lives.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides, which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss.

MCTs, promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found that adding coconut and coconut oil to their diet was helpful to their symptoms. This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCTs, which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCTs, promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair is coconut oil.

Coconut oil is one of the best things you can apply directly to your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin rashes and it aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin and many other skin problems.

Not only does it soften and smooth your skin, but coconut oil also has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes excellent massage oil too.

6. Coconut oil has healthy benefits that most other oils do not.

Evidence shows that coconut oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects when used topically on the skin. Most oils oxidize and turn rancid very quickly, causing free radical damage in our bodies. Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in our body, from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.

Coconut oil also helps our bodies absorb nutrients such as Vitamin E more effectively.

7. Coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking.

We can choose to consume several healthy omega-3 oils, such as flax and olive oil, but they don’t do well under the high heat we use for cooking. Coconut oil is excellent for higher cooking temperatures because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil.

Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature and it is harder for it to go rancid, unlike other cooking oils, which are usually rancid long before you even bring them home. Rancid oils cause free radical damage in the body, which is a leading cause of cancer.

I hope that info helps to clear up some of the misconceptions about coconut oil!