Coconut oil is one of the few
Here are the top 10 health
2. Coconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids with Unique Medicinal Properties
Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated (1).
However, new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless. Many massive studies that include hundreds of
Additionally, coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in
No, they contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a
Most of the fatty acids in the diet are so-called long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.
They go straight to the liver from the
BottomLine: Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.
3. Populations that eat a Lot of Coconut Are Among the Healthiest on the Planet
Coconut is kind of an “exotic”
However, in some
The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.
They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.
These people are in
Another example of a population that eats a
BottomLine: Plenty of populations around the world have thrived for multiple generations eating massive amounts of coconut.
4. Coconut Oil can increase Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat
Obesity is currently one of the biggest health
While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.
It is a fact that different
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same
One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day (7).
Bottom Line: The
mediumchain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
5. The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil can kill Bacteria, Virus' and Fungus Helping to Stave off Infections
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
Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi (8).
For example, these substances have been shown to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus (a very dangerous pathogen) and the yeast
BottomLine: The fatty acids and breakdown products in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helpingto prevent infections.
6. Coconut Oil can Kill your Hunger Making you eat less without even trying
One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.
This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolized, because ketone bodies can have an appetite reducing effect (11).
In one study, varying amounts of
The men eating the most MCTs ate 256 fewer calories per day, on average (12).
Another study in 14 healthy men discovered that those who ate the most MCTs at
These studies were small and only done for a short
7. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil are Turned into Ketones which can reduce seizures
BottomLine: The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term.
A so-called ketogenic (very low carb, very high fat) diet is currently being studied to
The best known therapeutic
This diet involves eating very little carbohydrates and
For some reason, this diet can dramatically reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven’t had success with multiple different types of drugs.
Because the MCTs in coconut oil get
Bottom Line: The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures in epileptic children.8. Coconut Oil can reduce blood cholesterol levels reducing your chance of Heart Disease
Coconut oil is
Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype (17, 18).
In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil (19).
There are also rat studies showing that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves
This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.
Bottom Line: Studies in both humans and rats show that coconut oil improves important risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart disease.
9. Coconut Oil can protect Hair against and damage and moisturize skin and work as a sunscreen
Coconut oil can serve various purposes that have nothing to do with eating it.
Many people are using it for
Studies on individuals with dry
Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness as sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays (23, 24)
Bottom Line: Coconut oil can10. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil can Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer's Patients
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia worldwide and occurs primarily in elderly
Ketone bodies can supply energy for the brain and researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce
In one 2006 study, consumption of
Other studies support these findings and medium chain triglycerides are being intensively studied as potential therapeutic agents in Alzheimer’s disease (30, 31).
Bottom Line: Studies show that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase
blood levelsof ketone bodies, supplying energy for the brain cells of ALZHEIMER’S patients and relieving symptoms. be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizerand protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen and as mouthwash.