Health benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil has been used extensively throughout the world for generations, its many health properties include skin care, stress relief, weight loss, digestion and the list goes on. Unfortunately during the 1970’s coconut oil suffered from bad publicity and propaganda drummed up by the rising corn and soy oil industries.
They spread a lie claiming the high saturated fat content of coconut oil made it harmful to the human body; unfortunately this wasn’t proven to be false by science until just 10 years ago.
Coconut oil contains high quantities of a substance known as Lauric acid. Lauric acid is known to prevent various heart problems including high cholesterol & blood pressure levels. Once coconut oil is consumed, our bodies convert the lauric acid into a substance called monolaurin which is used to fight of viruses, bacteria and fungus, hepatitis C, Candida, Influenza and many more.
Coconut oil can work wonders with you hair, using it as a natural moisturizer will leave your hair with a lush healthy glow. Not only this, but coconut oil has strong anti dandruff properties making it an ideal choice for people suffering from any kind of flaky scalp condition.
Coconut oil is a rich source of medium-chain fatty acids, they aid in weight loss by speeding up the metabolism much faster than other fatty acids due to the fact they are easily digested and converted into energy.
How much should I take?
There are no strict guide lines set for use of coconut oil but from our research we recommend around 3 tspd to yield maximum health benefits. For people just starting out its best to start with just one spoon full a day and work your way up as your body becomes accustom to the extra medium chain fatty acids that are found in the oil.
Are there any side effects?
Coconut oil has no known side effects how ever if your body has become accustom to a low fat diet, high intakes of coconut oil could lead to an upset stomach.
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