Every time we walk into a store, we ask ourselves, “Which products are the best choice for me?”
When we were younger, we could eat whatever we wanted without any consequences. Now we need to pick only the best products that will help us maintain our health. If you belong to the baby boomer generation, you know how important this is.
One of the extremely beneficial products is coconut oil. If you want to find out more about this miraculous ingredient, keep on reading.
1. Good for the Skin
Some may think that coconut oil can be used only for cooking, but that’s not the case.
Coconut oil can be extremely beneficial to the skin. When applied, it has a significant antimicrobial effect. Microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, are stopped from growing, thus leaving the skin fresh, healthy, and youthful-looking.
That’s not the only upside of coconut oil. According to some studies, it has anti-inflammatory properties. In other words, it can naturally treat inflammation and quickly regenerate scar tissue.
Moreover, it can be used to treat staphylococcus aureus, candida, redness, cold sores, and many other things.
2. Improves Heart Health
The reason why coconut oil has a bad reputation in mass media is that 84% of calories come from saturated fats. On the other hand, only 14% of calories in olive oil come from saturated fats. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of this difference.
Coconut oil is full of medium-chain triglycerides responsible for HDL production, also known as the good cholesterol. High levels of bad cholesterol may cause strokes and clogged arteries. However, HDL helps remove the bad cholesterol from the bloodstream, thus preventing severe health conditions and potentially fatal outcomes.
Some scientists argue that coconut oil isn’t really improving heart health. Considering that other oils are unhealthier and coconut oil helps remove the bad cholesterol, the math is simple—it’s good for your heart.
3. Prevents Alzheimer’s
Even though there’s not enough scientific evidence to back this claim, it’s obvious that coconut oil is excellent for people with Alzheimer’s, especially those with mild symptoms.
According to a study from 2006, MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides, are excellent for alleviating mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
The main reason for memory loss and decline in brain functions in older adults is the lack of glucose in the brain, which is its primary energy substrate. The research suggests that ketone bodies are an excellent alternative for glucose. The plasma ketone body levels can be increased by taking MCTs, which are found in coconut oil.
These three health benefits are some of the best reasons why you should start using coconut oil. Still, it’s vital to understand that you shouldn’t go overboard. The recommended daily dose is just two tablespoons (30 ml). You don’t need to use it excessively, thinking that you’ll be doing yourself a favor. You won’t.
Finally, accepting the popular opinion is not always the best idea. In this case, it’s essential to know the facts and details about coconut oil. As you can see, its benefits are amazing, and if you use it responsibly, it can bring nothing but good to your health.
This guest post was graciously provided by Nikola Djordjevic, Medical Advisor at DisturbMeNot