NOT all saturated fats are bad and not all of them are created equal. Ever since a 1960’s study was released, coconut oil has had an undeserved reputation as a source of saturated fat that is artery-clogging. This misconception is far from true. Below are some beneficial facts about extra virgin coconut oil:
1. Burns body fat faster
Unlike other common oils like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil will not make you fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT) which are difficult for the body’s GI (gastro-intestinal) tract to absorb which usually end up being stored as fat in the body. Coconut oil on the other hand, contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without turning to fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converts to energy quicker.
2. Increases your metabolism
Besides coconut oil converting to energy quicker in the body, it increases one’s metabolism, which promotes weight loss. Due to this metabolism boost, coconut oil helps the body burn fat more effectively.
3. Improves the immune system
One of the primary components in breast milk is lauric acid. Incredibly, you can also get generous amounts of lauric acid from coconut oil, which helps boost the immune system dramatically, just as mother’s milk does.
4. Contains high omega-3 fatty acids
Our body does not produce Omega 3 and 6 oils. We can only get them from our food. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in brain function, as well as in growth and development. It is highly concentrated in the brain and appears to be important for memory and performance. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation and is believed to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer.
5. Source of energy
Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s). It increases metabolic rates and leads to weight loss thus promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.
6. Benefits skin and hair
Apply coconut oil directly onto skin and hair. The oil provides temporary relief to skin problems like rashes and aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin, as well as other skin problems. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. It also makes for an excellent oil for massage and helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E.
7. Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral
Coconut oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects especially when both are consumed and used topically on the skin.
8. Not easily oxidised
While most oils oxidise and turn rancid very quickly causing free radical damage in our bodies, coconut oil is not easily oxidised and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in our body, from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.
9. Best oil for cooking
Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means it can take higher temperatures better. It is harder for coconut oil to go rancid, unlike other cooking oils. Coconut oil is stable and can be used for over a year when kept at room temperature.
With all these healthy benefits, perhaps it is time you gave coconut oil a try. Country Farm Organics Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is pure, organic oil, cold-pressed from fresh coconut flesh. The process of cold-pressing helps retain vital nutrients and flavour. Country Farm Organics Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is available at all major supermarkets and selected organic stores. For more information, please visit: http://www.countryfarmorganics.com/products_detail.asp?id=67