Coconut oil has become all the rage within the world of holistic health. While I still welcome olive oil to my skillet for so many of the meals I love, coconut oil has found its place as well. The benefits of coconut oil are far reaching, it’s the healthy fat that keeps on giving. Here are just a few of the benefits of coconut oil.
1. Fights illness
Coconut oil helps our bodies mount a resistance to viruses and bacteria. It also helps fight off fungus and candida.
2. Boosts thyroid health
Coconut oil is well known for boosting thyroid function and blood sugar control while improving insulin use in the body. If your thyroid numbers are off, consider adding coconut oil into your diet.
3. Lowers cholesterol
The saturated fats in coconut oil have lauric acid, which increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels.
4. Increases metabolism
Coconut oil travels directly to the liver to be used for energy rather than being stored as fat. Coconut oil is a medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are shown to break down healthy fats in the liver to efficiently burn energy.
5. Solid a room temperature
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so it’s a great substitute for butter, especially for those that want to avoid animal fats.
6. Perfect skin lotion
I use coconut oil almost exclusively as my skin lotion. It absorbs quickly without any oil residue while removing wrinkles and restoring the skin’s elasticity.
7. Boosts immunity
The lauric acid in coconut oil is also found in abundance in human breast milk. It converts to monolaurin in the body which is effective for increasing the body’s immunity--this is crucial as we move into cold and flu season.