The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of my favorite super foods.  With natural anti-oxidants which protect your body against free radicals, it’s my top choice for a healthy fat.

Oils like soy and canola tend to increase free radicals in the body because of the extremely high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids they contain.  This can noticeably speed up the aging process.

Unlike destructive veggie oils, coconut oil can actually slow down the aging process and prevent free radicals from being released through free fatty acid oxidation.

Coconut oil has the potential to balance hormones by boosting metabolism naturally and stimulating the thyroid.  Since the thyroid is the master regulator of the metabolism, stimulation of the thyroid can lead to weight loss.

It’s a great saturated fat which is solid at room temperature.  Saturated fats are needed throughout the year and especially when there is less sunlight available.  Coconut oil can help your body absorb fat soluble vitamins, like vitamin A and D, which can only be absorbed with saturated fats.

Coconut oil has also been proven to lower cholesterol naturally.  A healthy cholesterol level is needed in order for the body to make essential hormones that keep you young and healthy.

I like to add coconut oil to my diet by cooking with it, eating it with a spoon or even brushing my teeth with it.  It’s an excellent choice to use with high heat cooking.

Coconut oil acts as a natural anti-fungal and anti-viral in the body.  You can use it on your skin and as a mouth rinse.

I mix it with vitamin E  to create my own natural toxin free lotion.  Use it as a sunscreen in the summertime since it naturally blocks the harmful rays and lets the healthy rays in.

When buying coconut oil make sure you get virgin organic and it’s solid at room temperature.  Avoid the refined coconut oils as these have been heavily processed and are not the same.  Here’s a link to buy coconut oil if you can’t find it locally.

 

 

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