The benefits of coconut oil are no new thing today. But honestly, do you really know why it's so good for you? What makes it so powerful that it keeps getting positive reviews from users around the world?
1. Coconut Oil Carries Plenty of Antimicrobials
We're constantly exposed to millions of harmful microbes or germs invisible to our eyes every single second. And our body is only able to produce antibodies to a certain quantity at any one time.
As soon as the germs outnumber and overpower our antibodies, we collapse.
The food we normally eat can't help us much especially when we're attacked by super germs that come in battalions.
We need something powerful to keep us alive and not just alive, strong and robust enough to kill those germs. Coconut oil fits the bill.
Fatty acids such as lauric, capric, caprylic, myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic and myristic etc that coconut oil holds can exhibit antimicrobial effect. Each type has its own "special skill set" against certain kinds and strains of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other hostile microbes.
When they meet up and join forces in coconut oil, they form "The Avengers" – so powerful that even HIV has to get down on its knees before the team.
I'm not exaggerating, it's true!
In other words, coconut oil is an exceptionally strong germ-fighter, which benefits our health greatly.
2. Coconut Oil is Mostly Saturated
Another factor that makes coconut oil good is its domineering content of saturated fatty acids.
Yes, saturated fats are actually good for us whereas unsaturated fats are bad. This is because unsaturated fats oxidize easily.
Oxidation on our body tissues creates open wounds and may further lead to inflammation, infection followed by more serious complications if the tissues are not healed in good time.
By contrast, saturated fats are impervious to free radical attacks. This means that your body tissues will suffer less oxidation when you use coconut oil instead of other dietary oils that are normally more unsaturated.
3. Coconut Oil Contains Medium-Chain Fatty Acids
Coconut oil houses about 55% medium-chain fatty acids. So what?
Our body can effortlessly digest medium-chain fatty acids (because of their relatively smaller size) and easily use them as energy to feed our cells. When our cells get food (i.e. energy) on time, they become "hyper" and step up our metabolism.
A boosted metabolism repairs wounds quickly, improves blood circulation and burns fat. In short, it keeps your body metabolically active.
You won't find such a good thing in other vegetable oils or animal fats because they typically contain only long-chain fatty acids that take greater effort and longer time to digest, which is the prime culprit that slows metabolism and causes fat to get deposited easily. This makes coconut oil good for weight loss.
Eating coconut oil is one of the best things you can ever do to improve your immunity. However, you should always take coconut oil with food and not on an empty stomach.
This is because coconut oil may cause diarrhea when you take too much in one sitting especially when your stomach is empty.
The trick to get around this so-called disadvantage of coconut oil is to start off with a very small amount per day, like one teaspoon. And gradually build up your intake over several weeks until your body can hold up to 3 or more tablespoons per day. The more coconut oil you take, the stronger it will protect you.
It all thanks to the antimicrobial characteristics of coconut oil that help to manage the overgrowth of acne bacteria. Of course, its saturated fats further help to stop free-radical reactions so the skin can heal faster. Boosting of metabolism helps to build new cells to replace dead cells quickly too.
Hence, coconut oil is not only good for health, but exceptionally good for skin as well.