Recently there has been evidence suggesting that coconut oil should be classified as a super-food. Why? Researchers have discovered that organic coconut oil has many positive attributes, if used regularly. Sarah Shannon of HSPhealth shares five of its health benefits:
Increased Energy Coconut is built mostly from MCTs or medium chain triglycerides. They are much healthier when compared to long chain triglycerides found in dairy and meat products. When MCT is digested it is not stored as fat in the body. It moves to the liver where it is converted into energy. Therefore consumption of two tablespoons of coconut oil every morning can increase energy levels by 5% in a 24 hour period.
Fighting Infection Coconut oil is a rich source of lauric acid, which accounts for nearly 50% of its total fatty acids. Lauric acid has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties, making it effective in killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa by encircling and dissolving their cellular valves. Taking a serving of two of coconut oil on a daily basis can help increase one’s resistance to many diseases. It is also known improve digestive functions, such as healing ulcers found in the lining of the stomach.
Improved Brain Functioning Digested MCTs are synthesized by the liver and converted into ketone bodies. These are known to provide relief to people who suffer from brain disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s to epilepsy. It has been found to help some children who suffer from drug-resistant seizures. (more…)