Coconut oil has an astounding number of beneficial properties and has been the subject of intense medical and scientific study. In fact, more than 2,000 peer-reviewed studies have been conducted on the health benefits of coconut oil1; the ones we’ve cited below are just a few of them. This shouldn’t come as any surprise, though. Cultures that incorporate coconuts as a significant part of their diets, such as the Tokelauans2 and Kitavans3, display a number of health benefits. One of the most apparent is a drastically lower rate of heart disease compared to other populations with similar demographics.
A primary reason for this is that coconut oil raises levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol (the good kind) in your body4,5. High levels of HDL drastically reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease by removing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from your bloodstream as well as maintaining the strength of the inner walls of blood vessels.
Apply It Topically
Coconut oil also contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which help relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis, including swelling and inflammation6. Studies have shown that the effects of polyphenols can be seen when the oil is applied topically to wounds, cuts, and scrapes, making them heal faster7,8,9,10 while reducing oxidative stress11,12. You don’t have to wait until you’re hurt: regularly applying coconut to your body relieves skin irritation and eczema just as well as mineral oil and other conventional moisturizers13,14,15. In one study of children with eczema, regular application of coconut oil caused significant improvements in 47 percent of the study participants.
Consuming coconut oil is even better than directly applying it. Approximately half of the fatty acids in coconut are comprised of 12-carbon lauric acid. When ingested, this acid forms a substance called monolaurin, which kills harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi16. It also destroys the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (a very dangerous pathogen17)and the yeast Candida albicans18, a common source of yeast infections in humans. Its antibacterial properties don’t stop there: monolaurin attacks the growth of the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile, commonly known as “C. diff,” which causes severe diarrhea19.
Using coconut oil as an ingredient is good for the entire body. Not only is it good for liver health, protecting it from damage due to alcohol and other toxins20,21, it actively reduces the presence of free radicals, improving bone health22. During a six-week animal study, rats receiving 8 percent of their calories from coconut oil had substantially more bone volume and improved bone structure by the end of the trial23.
Get Energy & Lose Weight
One of the reasons why this oil is so nutritious is because it is an excellent source of medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs. These are a great source of energy: they go straight to the energy and fuel the body quickly. Diabetics should take note because this energy source doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. The increased activity is seen at a cellular level and enhances the body’s ability to burn fat24, using an additional 120 calories per day, or approximately 5 percent of your daily intake25. Not only does it burn fat, but it also decreases hunger26 by lowering the production of ghrelin, commonly known as the “growth hormone.” In one study, men who added coconut oil to their diet consumed an average of 256 calories less than their peers per day.
You’re not limited to adding coconut oil as an ingredient, however. You can also use it as a healthy, highly-effective cooking medium. It’s better than traditional cooking oils because coconut retains its structure when heated, unlike oils such as corn and safflower which are converted into toxic compounds when heated27.
It’s Pretty Amazing
While we don’t believe in “magic foods” or “super foods,” coconut oil is about as close as you can get to that reality. You can rub it on your skin, use it as an ingredient, or cook with it. It benefits your body internally and externally in both the short and long term. It reinforces your health at the cellular level while attacking and removing harmful substances. You get increased energy, lowered hunger levels, and all the benefits MCTs bring to the table. All of this can be gained through a completely natural substance that isn’t modified from how nature delivers it. Do you see why we’re such big fans?
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