10 Benefits From Coconut Oil

10 Benefits Of Coconut Oil - Healthy Life PakistanA tropical fruit, coconut is on its way to the super food list. With quite a number of celebrities already using it regularly to aid in maintaining belly fat, beautiful skin, hair and nails and a healthy mind. It’s gaining popularity amongst people now. Coconuts as a fruit, coconut water from inside the coconut and coconut oil all have their own benefits. Coconut oil is being recognized for its various benefits that were previously not commonly known. 10 ways to make the best from coconut oil are listed below.

1. Keeps your heart healthy:
The key to a healthy body is a healthy heart. The lauric acid found in coconut oil keeps the heart healthy and happy by giving it the ability to increase the good cholesterol and lower the bad cholesterol.

2. A faster metabolism:
Good news for all who complain about their slow metabolism. Using coconut oil instead of any other cooking oil has proved that the short and medium-chain fatty acids help take off excess weight and it’s easier to digest. And also speeds up the metabolism. People using coconut oil in their everyday meal generally don’t have weight gain issues.

3. Energy booster:
Need to lift up your energy level? Just a teaspoon of coconut oil will do the trick. Add it to coffee or any other food for a quick energy punch. The MCT are transported to the liver where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones (this is called food for the brain).

4. Best alternative to cooking oil:
If said in technical terms coconut oil is resistant to the breakdown of fatty acid chain when heated. This means, that it has a much higher smoke point than other conventional cooking oils. It does not lose its goodness when heated as compared to olive oil which is beneficial only if taken cold or uncooked.

5. Precaution from illness:
Lowering cholesterol is not just one health benefit coconut oil has to offer. The high content of lauric acid in coconut oil which is converted to monolaurin in the body makes the antiviral that prevent certain viruses from entering cells and causing illness.

6. Could prevent Alzheimer’s:
Ketone from the coconut oil increases energy supply to the brain, which could aid in prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is also proven to help improve brain activity.

7. Be better at sports:
Patrick Holford, a leading nutritionist is highly convinced that coconut oil has the ability to enhance sport performance. Once again the ketones in coconut oil come in useful for athletes or while doing high intensity exercise.

8. Cure for indigestion:
Symptoms that could lead to digestive problems like gas and IBS can be taken care of by eating coconut oil. The properties and fat within coconut oil help in nutrient absorption such as vitamin, minerals and amino acid; and the antimicrobial properties deal with different bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause indigestion.

9. Great for skin care:
Eating coconut oil has its own benefits but the good news doesn’t stop here. Even a good massage with coconut oil helps to keep your hair skin and nails nourished and moisturized. It strengthens the skin’s connective tissues which prevent sagging and wrinkles. Use virgin coconut oil (without any additives) daily to soften appearance of fine lines and gives the skin a healthy glow.

10. A better sweetener option:
To satisfy that sugar craving try to alternate sweets and candy with coconut oil instead. It’s a healthier option as it has good quality fat and is a lot less potent and sweetens dishes without overpowering the flavor.

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