Is coconut oil the real Deal?
Good cholesterol producer
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid that helps reduce the total amount of cholesterol in the body and increase good cholesterol. In a 2011 study that focused on Filipino women, the researchers found out that coconut oil intake was linked to higher levels of good cholesterol. They also found no significant association with bad cholesterol and coconut oil intake.
Less chance of heart disease
Since coconut oil helps reduce cholesterol, this means that those who take it have a lesser chance of developing heart disease. Studies conducted on Pacific Islanders whose total caloric intake of 30-60% fully saturated coconut oil revealed that they had nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.
Builds body’s immune system
The PCA says that coconut oil actively builds the body’s immune system because it contains lauric acid, a nutrient that participates in supporting the immune system.
According to the PCA, coconut oil has anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Lauric acid, together with another component of coconut oil called monolaurin, can kill harmful pathogens including viruses, bacteria and fungi. These properties potentially help in preventing infections.
Coconut oil might not be the answer to all body ailments. But it does have factual health benefits. With the right dosage, coconut oil can help prevent certain diseases. It can also help boost the metabolism, improve weight loss and prevent infections. In this video, a natural health physician discusses the truth about the health benefits of coconut oil:
To date, however, the complete benefits of coconut oil are still a mystery and extensive examination through research is needed for us to understand it fully. Moderation should still be observed when using coconut oil.