The Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut Oil has been used in tropical cultures such as Polynesia, Malaysia and the Philippines for hundreds of years. Food as medicine has been a main constituent in these cultures’ diets and locals have used Coconut oil as a home remedy – topically to the skin and as an ingredient in cooking. Known to possess great anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, the benefits of coconut oil have stayed in these families for generations. This now well-known “secret” has garnered much attention from Western Cultures over the past few decades. With potential benefits such as curbing sugar cravings, eliminating arthritis pain, curing thyroid issues, cleaning and toning the liver and aiding weight loss, virgin coconut oil as a natural alternative treatment has got everyone buzzing. But is it really that good for you?

Widely described as the healthiest oil on earth, coconut oil hasn’t always had a good reputation. A main component of coconut oil is saturated fat, which has been known to raise bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood. Because of this, especially for health buffs, people with high cholesterol or those prone or predisposed to obesity or heart pathologies, the use of coconut oil is a subject of much scrutiny. However, recent studies demonstrate a mixture and balance of saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats is best for heart health and can even decrease the risk of heart disease. Tests suggest that it is the form of coconut oil used which makes all the difference. Virgin coconut oil is the best form of the oil and is what most health practitioners recommend people to use rather the cheaper hydrogenated form.

People from both sides of the coconut oil debate agree that when coconut oil is hydrogenated it becomes a trans fat, which is not good for you. These fats have indeed been closely associated with heart disease because they not only increase bad cholesterol levels (LDL) but can also hinder the body’s ability to process good cholesterol (HDL).

Different arguments in the debate leave consumers confused with which fats and oils are good and not so good for them. There are thousands of claims and examples of people who have benefited greatly from the use of coconut oil and have integrated it into their everyday lives. An oil that seems to cure all, could assist with everything from poor immune function, to obesity, cancer and heart disease. The fact remains, there is not enough clinical evidence to support these claims, however with so many positive testimonies one cannot ignore the fact that there may be something special about coconut oil after all. Used in moderation and in its virgin, unprocessed form, coconut oil could ultimately be revealed as a true miracle oil.

Tell us what you think, is Coconut Oil really a miracle oil? How have you used it? Share below in our comments section your experiences, we’d love to hear from you.

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