Coconut oil is one of the few foods that should legitimately be considered a “superfood”.
The unique combination of medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil can produce huge health benefits for anybody. The health benefits range from improved brain function to direct fat loss, and many other health benefits you do not want to miss out on.
There have been multiple studies aimed at discovering the wide range of health benefits of coconut water as well, including proving that it is incredible for liquid hydration.
Together, coconut oil and coconut water compose an excellent tag team of nutrition and health benefits!
Benefits of Coconut Water
One of the most interesting features of the coconut water is its refreshing ability; as it has an incredible hydration ability that makes it a very good drink for all athletes.
When used properly, coconut water can be an effective replacement for sugary and artificial sports drinks.
Similarly to aloe vera juice, coconut water is a natural hydration drink that you don’t want to miss out on!
- The electrolyte level of coconut water has proven to be excellent for replenishing nutrients lost through sweat. It has prompted research on the use of coconut water for short term intravenous purposes, and a specific report was made of the successful use of coconut water as a short term intravenous hydration fluid.
- Coconut water reduces stress, in and out of training. Based on the results of a study that was conducted on fructose fed hypertensive rats to investigate if tender coconut water mitigates oxidative stress, it was suggested that coconut water has the ability to reverse and also prevent high blood pressure that was induced by a diet that is high in fructose. This can be achieved probably through the inhibition of lipid peroxidation, improved insulin sensitivity, and the up-regulation of antioxidant status. Together, your physical and mental stress will become naturally lower, allowing you to feel more relaxed on a daily basis!
- Results from a study on the effects of coconut water on diabetic rats revealed that coconut water was able to reduce their blood sugar level and oxidative stress in. Coconut water can literally increase your ability to burn fat, as it stables necessary hormones in your body to fuel the burning of actual fat!
Coconut Oil Benefits
Coconut oil is nearly the epitome of fat burning products for one main reasons. Many products claim to burn fat, but at best they usually just increase your metabolism. This works for a certain amount of time, but isn’t necessarily the be all and end all of fat burning.
The medium chain triglycerides which coconut oil contains have been shown to increase the metabolism of people who consume it in just 24 hours, resulting in increased energy expenditure in the body, and in the long term can lead to a loss of significant weight.
Along with this, coconut oil also effectively helps mobilize fat cells, making them able to be burned.
Regardless of how much you increase your metabolism, there is a certain layer of fat in your body which cannot just be altered through caloric changes. Especially if attempting to maintain a certain amount of muscle mass while losing “weight.”
Coconut oil proves more effective than nearly any other fat burning supplement for this property alone!
Coconut Oil is Naturally Disease Fighting
Lauric acid accounts for almost 50% of total fatty acids present in coconut oil. When coconut oil is digested enzymatically, a monoglyceride called monolaurin is formed. Both monolaurin and lauric acid can kill pathogens such as bacteria, virus or fungus. These two substances have been shown to kill:
- Staphylococcus aureus bacteria which is a very dangerous pathogen
- Fungus in the form of yeast Candida albicans, a common source of infection in humans.
Regularly in taking coconut oil bolsters your entire immune system, building a form of “bubble” around your body that is impenetrable by most diseases.
Coconut Oil and Coconut Water Improves Blood Cholesterol Levels
I want to say this first. The “cholesterol” in food and the “cholesterol” in our blood are two completely different things. Cholesterol in food has actually no effect on the cholesterol in your blood. They should be named differently; it literally does not make sense.
The majority of foods that negatively affect blood cholesterol levels are sugary and artificial, not high in saturated fat as many dieticians will tell you.
Coconut Oil is loaded with saturated fats that do not affect blood lipid profile as erroneously believed for a long time.
The majority of saturated fats which come from natural sources are incredibly healthy for you.
There are many studies showing the direct effect of saturated fats on testosterone levels even!
Saturated fats raise HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL change for a milder subtype.
In a study of 40 women, it was actually observed that coconut oil lowered total cholesterol and LDL level while raising the HDL when compared with the intake of soybean oil. This improves the risk of cardiovascular disease in the long term.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Your Hair and Skin
In addition to dietary benefits, coconut oil is very useful in other applications; as many people use it for cosmetic purposes, which will improve the health and appearance of your skin and hair. Studies carried out in individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil improves skin hydration and lipid content of their skin.
Other cosmetic applications include coconut oil use as a dentifrice and above all as a mouthwash, which has been shown to kill bacteria in the mouth; improving dental health and eliminating bad breath. I have actually begun using a toothpaste that is simply a blend of turmeric and coconut oil, to great success! It has an incredible whitening effect as well as strengthening your teeth.
Coconut Oil Improves Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients
In a study conducted in 2006, consumption of medium chain triglycerides in patients with moderate Alzheimer’s showed an immediate improvement in brain function. Other studies provide the same results, and therefore have created a need to conduct more intensive studies with medium chain triglycerides for their therapeutic potential in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Studies show that the fatty acids present in coconut oil can increase levels of ketone bodies in the blood, and these can provide energy to the brain of Alzheimer’s patients which reduce their symptoms.
Alzheimer’s is one of the biggest causes of dementia and occurs mainly in the elderly population.
Direct Effect on Abdominal Fat of Coconut Oil Benefits
Since coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase the rate at which fat is burned, it seems logical that it can help you lose weight. Coconut Oil has proven to be quite adequate for reducing abdominal fat, which is surrounding your vital organs and is of high risk to your overall health.
This fat (also known as visceral fat) is the most dangerous and is commonly associated with many diseases of the Western world.
In a study conducted with 40 women having abdominal obesity, supplementing your diet with an amount of coconut oil at 30ml a day both reduced body mass index and waist circumference in a period of only 12 weeks. In another study of 20 obese men, there was a reduction in waist circumference of 2.86cm after only 4 weeks of taking 30ml of coconut oil a day.
Concluding Thoughts on the Benefits of Coconut Oil
There are several benefits that you enjoy from the use of coconut oil and coconut water, and if you feel comfortable you should give it a try!
I have had incredible success since starting to use it more consistently, and my wife absolutely loves it for her hair!
I am also a huge believer in Bulletproof Coffee, which combines coconut oil and butter with your morning cup of coffee. In my opinion, it is one of the most enjoyable ways to get your daily amount of coconut oil in!
If you want to enhance your Bulletproof Coffee even more, I advise that you combine your coconut oil, coffee, and butter with some CBD Oil! MCT oil can be substituted for coconut oil, but they can be interchanged for each other since their benefits are very similar.
Together, this is one excellent way to start your day!
Whether eaten as a fruit or used for cooking, you will definitely enjoy some of the health benefits explained quickly