You might already know about some of the health benefits of coconut oil but there is a reason why it is known as a 'superfood'. It is fantastic for your body inside and out. You can't even imagine what 2 tbsp of this magic oil can do to your body.
Here's why you should switch to coconut oil:
1. To shed those extra pounds
One tbsp of coconut oil contains 120 calories and we are talking about eating 2 tbsp everyday. So how does it help in losing weight really?
Coconut oil is more thermogenic (heat producing) in nature as compared to other foods and fats which means that it tends to increase our energy expenditure. Hence, eating more coconut oil will help you burn more calories.
2. It heals everything. Well, almost
Coconut oil is not only anti-inflammatory but has other healing superpowers as well. It is anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-oxident along with being anti-retroviral, anti-parasitic, anti-protozoa and anti-viral. WOAH!
3. It helps stabilize your blood sugar and insulin levels
Coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) which affect blood sugar and insulin levels in our body. It helps glucose enter your body and reduces the insulin level and thus regulates the blood sugar in your body.
4. It lowers the risk of heart disease
Coconut oil doesn't cause any arterial damage during oxidative stress on the arteries as it does not oxidise when it is exposed to oxygen, heat or light. A study in Papua New Guinea showed that people who thrive on coconut oil show no signs of stroke or heart attacks.
Another study on Polynesians showed that people who consume over 60% of their total calories from coconut were in good health with no risk of any heart disease.
5. It helps you get a flat belly
Yes, it's true. Coconut oil can provide you with a flat belly. A study showed that there was a significant reduction in the BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference of 40 women when they supplemented their daily diet with coconut oil.
6. It can fight a bloodstream infection
According to The Medical Daily, coconut oil can fight a bloodstream infection caused by the Candida albicans fungus. The special structure of this fatty acid allows to disrupt and disintegrate the cell membrane of the fungus ultimately killing it.
7. It boosts thyroid function
Coconut oil helps restore normal thyroid function by reducing its inflammation. Because during inflammation, the conversion of T4 to T3 decreases. T4 is the inactive form of thyroid hormone which has to be converted to the active T3 hormone before it can be used. Coconut oil helps by reducing this inflammation in turn helping in the conversion of T4 to T3.
Need any more reasons to switch to coconut oil?
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