Would you like to make the most of your coconut oil?
Coconut oil is fast becoming a food staple and it’s little wonder why when you realise its amazing health benefits. The more you use it the more uses and benefits you’ll find for yourself.
7 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
* Boost Your Energy
* Prevent Heart Disease
* Aid Weight Loss
* Help Digestion
* Build Immunity
* Heal Wounds
* Improves Brain Health
Boost Your Energy
Did you know coconut oil is used in the diet of athletes, rugby players and martial artists? Coconut oil is a unique form of saturated fat. It is not stored away in the body like other fats, instead it’s used directly by the body for instant energy(i).
Prevent Heart Disease
Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA). It contains no cholesterol and may reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) oxidation, a major factor in hardening of the arteries.
Aid Weight Loss
Medium Fatty Chain Acids (MCTs) boost metabolism which makes for a more efficient body and increase energy levels, all of which aid weight loss.
Help Digestion
Coconut oil is an alternative to costly probiotic drinks because of its anti-microbial properties. These properties help the body to tackle bacteria, fungi and parasites that contribute to sluggish digestion. As a MCFA, the pancreas and gall bladder do not need to release enzymes, so making the digestive process easier.
Build Immunity
The high concentration of anti-microbial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid provide anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. If you need to boost your immune system to avoid colds and flu then coconut oil, used consistently is going to make you less prone to common ailments.
Heal Wounds
Pure coconut oil can be used in the treatment of mild burns only. Clean the area and apply a thin layer to form a protective, neutral barrier.
Improves Brain Health
The liver converts unrefined coconut oil into ketones which are an alternative fuel for the brain.
How Much to Consume
Stick to 2 – 3 tablespoons per day.
Know Your Source
Coconut oil comes in many guises and not all coconut oil is equal. To make sure you are getting the full health benefits check if it is the following:-
* Cold Pressed
* Extra Virgin
* Organic
* Kosher
* Glass jar
All of the above are quality indicators. Check the label and look for certification from recognised organisations, for Organic Standards. Coconut oil in glass jars ensures there’s never a concern of toxic plastics leakage.
Extra Virgin and Virgin are a sign of purity (they are unrefined oils) and cold pressed means the oil has been extracted at a controlled temperature and therefore not damaged by excessive heat.
To learn more about the best quality coconut oil and how it can help you, visit Lucy Bee for a definitive guide to the uses and benefits of coconut oil.
(i) http://www.lucybee.co/blog/health/help-understanding-saturated-fats-coconut-oil/

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