Evidence-based health benefits of consuming coconut oil

We in India have an abundance source for coconuts, coconut oil and infusing them into our dishes are very common.A study shows that south people who consume coconuts are more healthier and are less prone to cholesterol related diseases. This article provides the evidence based health benefits of consuming coconut oil and its subsides.

1) Coconut oil contains fatty acids with potent medicinal properties

Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects than most other fats in your diet.When you eat these types of fats, they go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones.

Ketones can have powerful benefits for the brain, are being studied as treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other conditions.

2) Coconut oil kills harmful microorganisms.

The 12-carbon lauric acid makes up about 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil.When lauric acid is digested, it also forms a substance called monolaurin.
Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.This could potentially help to prevent infections.

3) In the kitchen with Coconuts.

The benefits and uses of coconuts continue to impress, especially in the kitchen with creative culinary delights. Due to its health advantages and natural low glycemic index rating, coconuts have replaced cream and butter and refined sugar and flour. Here is a list of coconut products that have replaced some of our common, everyday ingredients for healthier, delicious recipes.

Coconut flour
This flour is an simple dried grounded coconut meat. It is gluten-free, low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, and ideal for baking.

Coconut Milk & Cream
Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded, fresh coconut meat with water. The thick, creamy liquid that comes out is coconut milk and can be used for curries and stews.

Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut sap, the sweet juice extracted when the budding flower is just about to grow. This process offers a delicious, sweet taste similar to brown sugar with a hint of caramel, with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Coconut sugar is considered a low glycemic food and is diabetic friendly. Use coconut sugar as you would commonly use other sugars and sweeteners.

4) Coconut oil can protect your skin, hair and dental health.

Many people use it for cosmetic purposes to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair.Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of the skin. It can also reduce inflammation,itchy red and dry skin.

Coconut oil can also be protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness as a weak sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays
Another application is using it like mouthwash in a process called oil pulling, which can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health and reduce bad breath.

5) Its boosts brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.

The relationship between MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and dementia is a new area, so there are only a handful of studies.From what we have access to, experts believe it’s a very promising avenue for treating the disease.One study on those with milder forms of Alzheimer’s found that MCT supplementation increased blood ketones, which then led to an immediate improvement in brain function.

Another study on 152 subjects with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease found that supplementation of direct ketones effectively improved cognitive function, over a 90-day period.Both studies show promise, but are too small and too short to draw any strong recommendations from.

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