The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, How to Use it

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, How to Use it
Amy Krasner

Coconut oil has become a popular ingredient of discussion over the past several years. It’s made from drying the kernel (or the meat) of the coconut and comes in several different types. The most common types of coconut oil that you will see are virgin (unrefined) and refined. Virgin coconut oil has a tropical scent and flavor, whereas refined coconut oil has minimal scent and flavor.

Not only is coconut oil extremely versatile in the many ways you can use it in cooking and for beauty, it also offers plenty of health benefits. Here are just a few of the ways that coconut oil can help improve your health.

Improve Your Cognitive Function

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which when broken down by the liver, create ketones in the body. Ketones are an excellent source of fuel for brain cells, especially in Alzheimer’s patients who have glucose utilization impairment. Another study that was published in the journal of Neurodegenerative Disease Management found that the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil may help to improve the cognitive function of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

While glucose (from complex carbohydrates and fruits) are the preferred fuel for your brain cells, each brain cell has an outer layer of lipids (fats) that needs to be replenished as well. If you want to improve your memory, it might be worth adding coconut oil into your diet.

Boost Your Immune System

Lauric acid is a type of fatty acid that is found in coconut oil. This particular fatty acid has been tested as an excellent antibacterial agent. Lauric acid is the precursor to monolaurin, which acts like a bacteria-killer. Adding more coconut oil into your diet might help your body sweep out bacteria so that your immune system can continue doing what it does best. Additionally, coconut oil can help combat yeast and fungal overgrowth like Candida Albicans due to its antifungal properties.

Hydrate Your Skin

Coconut oil can be used as a skincare product in many ways. It helps with dry skin, eczema, and psoriasis. You can also use it as a facial cleanser or a moisturizer. Contrary to what you might think, using coconut oil as a moisturizer does not make your skin oily. Using coconut oil as a lotion helps you to avoid many of the toxins that are found in conventional moisturizers and beauty products.

Luckily, incorporating coconut oil into your daily routine and diet is easier than you might think. Here are some fun ways to try it:

Use Coconut Oil for High-Heat Cooking

Coconut oil is an excellent cooking oil for high-heat cooking. Because coconut oil is a saturated fat, it helps to prevent oxidation when it is exposed to high heat. You can use it as a replacement for olive oil when roasting vegetables in the oven at high heat …read more
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