When it comes to health benefits, coconut oil is royalty.
Classified as one of the few superfoods on our planet, with over one thousand five hundred studies to back the claim, coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize.
Packed with antioxidants, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is not only beneficial to our health, it is also an agent of beauty.
Knowing the rich benefits of coconut oil, the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific have thrived on it as a dietary staple for many generations.
They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world; leaving them in great health, with no evidence of heart disease.
Read on to see some of the life-saving benefits of coconut oil.
1. It helps to prevent heart disease and high blood pressure
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats do not only increase the healthy cholesterol in the body but also help convert the LDL "bad" cholesterol into good cholesterols.
And in so doing, it helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease. In addition, coconut oil benefits the heart by lowering high triglycerides.
2. It helps in the boosting of brain function in Alzheimer patient
One of the most common causes of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. And it primary patient is elderly individuals.
In Alzheimer's patients, there appears to be a reduced ability to use carbs for energy in certain parts of the brain.
Researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning brain cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer's
In one 2006 study, consumption of medium chain triglycerides led to immediate improvement in brain function in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer's.
3. It helps the fighting and treatment of cancer
Coconut oil has two qualities that help it fight cancer: one, because of the ketones produced in its digestion.
Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose-dependent. It’s believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover.
Two, as the MCFAs digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known to increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing.
4. It helps in the boosting of immune System (Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiviral)
Coconut oil contains lauric acid (monolaurin), which is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria and create a hostile environment for viruses.
Many diseases today are caused by the overgrowth of bad bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites in the body.
You can replace grains and sugar in your diet with coconut oil as your natural fuel source when you’re sick. Sugar feeds the growth of bad bacteria.
Instead, take one tablespoon of coconut oil three times daily when sick, and consume plenty of vegetables and bone broth as well.
5. It helps in the reduction of seizure with epileptic patient
A so-called ketogenic (very low carb, very high fat) diet is currently being studied to treat various disorders.
The best known therapeutic application of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children (14).
This diet involves eating very little carbohydrates and large amounts of fat, leading to greatly increased concentrations of ketones in the blood.
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 gets shipped to the liver and turned into ketones, they are often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet.