5 proven beneficial effects of coconut oil on health

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Thanks to its unique combination of fatty acids, coconut oil has a proven positive effect on our health. Let’s see which are the 5 most important facts affecting our quality of life in relation to this incredibly valuable oil!

1. People who consume a lot of coconuts are the healthiest

Coconut is an exotic food for the Western world, which is mainly consumed by people who lead a health-conscious lifestyle. In contrast, in many parts of the world, coconut has been a staple of the daily diet for generations.
The best example of this is the way of life of the Polynesians; more than 6 percent of their caloric intake comes from coconut, and they are the largest consumers of saturated fat in the world. Despite this, they enjoy extremely good health, and cardiovascular diseases are almost unknown to them.

2. Coconut oil reduces hunger

Since the ketone bodies in coconut oil have an appetite-reducing effect, its consumption can also help those on a diet.
(Ketones are products of fat metabolism, they are formed in the liver as a result of glucagon. They circulate in the bloodstream, and most active tissues use ketones as an energy source and can burn them.)
Coconut oil is very rich in medium-chain fatty acids, the advantage of which is that our body converts them directly into energy during digestion.

3. The healing effect of coconut oil

In recent years, numerous researches have proven that coconut oil is also a cure for certain diseases. During its consumption, its medium-chain fatty acids are converted into ketone bodies in the liver, so coconut oil is particularly effective in inducing ketone formation. The essence of ketogenic therapy is to consume few carbohydrates and a large amount of fat, which increases the number of ketone bodies in the body. Experience has shown that this special diet is extremely effective in the treatment of childhood epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease, even in cases where traditional medical treatment has not been successful.

4. Coconut oil protects the hair from breakage, nourishes the skin and acts as a sunscreen

In addition to being healthy, it is also an excellent beauty care product. Experience proves that it is an excellent remedy for dry skin, increases the water content of the skin, thereby ensuring its hydration.
Coconut oil cares for the hair and protects it from breakage. A study also points out that it is an effective sunscreen, as it blocks 20 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
Used as a mouthwash, it kills bacteria in the mouth, promotes healthy teeth and removes bad breath.

5. Lauric acid in coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses and fungi and keeps infections at bay

Coconut oil contains almost 50 percent lauric acid, thanks to which it strengthens the immune system and provides protection against many bacteria and viruses. The fungicidal and antibacterial effects of the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s. The microorganisms they inactivate include bacteria, yeast and other fungi, as well as enveloped viruses.

Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.

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