8 Amazing Reasons to Love, Love Love Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, like baking soda and vinegar, has become one of the staples in my house that we use for everything.  I cook with it, use it as a home remedy, and slather it on my skin.  The uses for coconut oil seem limitless even though until recently coconut oil has gotten a bad rap. Recent studies are confirming what traditional cultures have known for centuries. Even though coconut oil is a saturated fat, it has many powerful health benefits.Coconut Oil

  1. Good for Your Heart: Coconut oil contains almost 50% lauric acid which is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). Lauric acid increases HDL levels to help stabilize cholesterol levels and it lessens cell damage to arterial walls, which helps avoid atherosclerosis.
  2. Balance Your Hormones: Lauric acid also improves thyroid function because it increases metabolism and boosts energy.
  3. Improve your Immune System: Coconut oil also contains powerful antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties and can help our bodies fight off the flu, staph infections, candida, athlete’s foot and many other diseases.
  4. Get Stronger Bones: Key minerals for bone development like calcium and magnesium plus fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D are more easily absorbed with the consumption of coconut oil
  5. Glowing Skin: Besides making a great moisturizer, coconut oil has properties that help protect against UV rays and it make a great moisturizer.
  6. It’s an Anti-inflammatory:  The anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil can help reduce or eliminate eczema and psoriasis.
  7. Stronger, Shinier Hair:  Prevent breakage and protein loss by massaging coconut oil through your hair.  Massaging your scalp with coconut oil will help prevent dandruff.
  8. Lose Weight: Coconut Oil has a thermogenic effect on the body causing it to use more energy, raise metabolism and potentially lose weight.

If you haven’t cooked with coconut oil a try. It has a higher smoke point than olive oil making it a great fat to sauté veggies, make stir-fry or in baking. It’s surprisingly versatile. I like to add a tablespoon or two to my oatmeal post work out for sustained energy.  Or you can add it to smoothies too. Be creative and experiment with how you use it.

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