Coconut oil's health benefits is 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.
The 10 different types of fatty acids such as lauric, capric, caprylic, myristic etc (see nutrition facts of coconut oil) that coconut oil holds are all antimicrobial compounds. 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 is one of the biggest reasons why coconut oil is good for our health.
2. Coconut Oil is Mostly Saturated
Another reason that makes coconut oil good for our health is its saturated fatty acids.
Yes, saturated fats are good for us whereas unsaturated fats are bad. This is because unsaturated fats are likely to get attacked by free radicals and oxidation will take place 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 repaired 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 take coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils that are normally more unsaturated.
Oxidation on our skin tissues makes our skin look dull, wrinkled and old too. So, with regular intake and application of coconut oil on skin, you'll look young and good.
3. Coconut Oil Contains Medium-Chain Fatty Acids
64% of coconut oil's content is medium-chain fatty acids, so what?
Our body can effortlessly digest medium-chain fatty acids (because of their 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.