Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (healthy form of saturated fat) and our body metabolizes these fats in the liver, immediately converting them into energy.
Coconut oil is a natural source of saturated fat, which benefits the heart, and when your heart is healthy, your blood pressure is balanced. It also has high levels of HDL (the good cholesterol), which lowers the risk of high blood pressure.
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which is a natural antibiotic that helps destroy bacterial clusters by destroying the lipid coating around the bacteria, which effectively kills them off. It is also good for the liver, which is the largest endocrine gland. The liver detoxifies the body and regular consumption of coconut oil helps keep that process moving.
Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, so it fights off bad bacteria while supporting good bacteria. Good bacteria improve digestion and good digestion increases the absorption of nutrients and vitamins from your diet.
The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil increase the production of ketones in the liver. Ketones are a long-lasting energy source that promotes metabolism function. Read more on ketones here.
Remember when we mentioned the medium chain fatty acid in coconut oil increases the production of ketones? Well, ketones don’t breakdown as quickly as glucose, so the body stays full longer.
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides and when your body has higher levels of MCT, you use more fat when you exercise because MCT stimulates ketones. Ketones breakdown fat for energy instead of glucose.
Coconut oil contains antioxidants that fight off the free radicals that cause oxidative stress, which lead to weakened bones and osteoporosis. Coconut oil also increases the amount of calcium absorbed by your gut and high levels of calcium increase bone density.
The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil can kill helicobacter pylori, which is a bacteria that causes ulcers in the lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine.
10. Live Longer
Scientific and historical evidence suggest if you regularly consume coconut oil, you’ll live longer. In South Pacific communities where 60% of the population’s diet is made up of coconuts, there is almost no record of heart disease or other illnesses.