Don’t Forget About Coconut Oil
The headlines and the hype around coconut oil may have calmed down a bit, but the benefits of this oil have been well documented for many years as an internal supplement, a topical solution or a healthy choice for culinary cooking oil. And even though the hype has subsided, many people will continue to use it as part of their daily regimen. Coconut oil is the oil that is extracted from the white meat (called coconut meat) inside the shell. The extracted coconut oil is composed of approximately 65% Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). As a supplement, most of the health benefits of coconut oil, for energy and
metabolism, come from the MCTs, which is why coconut oil is further refined and the MCTs are removed to be taken as a stand-alone supplement. MCTs are more quickly converted into energy, fuel and ketones and do not need to be processed by the liver, which means there is less time spent in the liver and less likely to be stored as fat because it is used as an energy source right away. Coconut oil will provide all the same benefits as MCT oil but is not necessarily the better choice for fat loss because it is absorbed at a slower rate, waiting for your liver to break down the fats before your body can absorb them for energy and metabolism. Deciding to take coconut oil or MCT oil is usually based on what you hope to achieve from the supplement. As a quick reference, we suggest MCT oil for metabolism and keto dieters. We recommend coconut oil for individuals that want to consider a healthy fat for reducing inflammation as some studies found that consumption of coconut oil may lead to a reduction in the C-reactive protein, which when elevated indicated inflammation. Coconut Oil contains lauric acid, which can kill bacteria that may lead to candida and vaginal thrush. Coconut oil improves the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, B, D, E, K) beta-carotene, CoQ10, and is often found as an ingredient in some of these supplements for this purpose. The benefits of coconut oil as a topical supplement are also well documented, especially for topical bacterial infections, healing wounds, topical dermatosis and eczema. When coconut oil is added as a base for essential oils, tea tree and other topical products, it can enhance the absorption of the ingredients.
Get Creative with Coconut Oil
There are many ways to use coconut oil. As mentioned above, you can take the MCT version to supplement your Keto program, or you can use raw coconut oil, such as Garden of Life Raw Virgin Organic Coconut Oil for a number of applications. Coconut oil is an effective treatment for reducing damaged hair because it can actually penetrate the shaft of the hair. It also has topical anti-bacterial benefits and can reduce topical candida, dandruff and kill head lice. Coconut oil is also used in dental health through the practice of oil pulling, which can help to reduce the bacteria responsible for plaque. You
can also add a dab to your toothpaste to provide added bacterial support. Coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer, either on its own or added to your regular body lotion. You can use coconut oil as a carrier oil for essential oil, mixing a summer insect repellent or any number of combinations. Due to the anti-bacterial properties of coconut it is a good option as a natural deodorant. Coconut oil should be your go-to-choice for cooking and baking when the recipe calls for oil, or you need to fry anything. It is one of the best fats for high-heat cooking without denaturing the structure of the oil (denatured oil is unhealthy and can cause free radical damage). Replacing unhealthy oils in your baking recipe can increase the nutrient profile of your baked goods and creates a tasty, smoother texture. To reap the benefits from coconut oil, you should use a product that is both raw and organic. Your coconut oil should look and taste like coconut. We like Garden of Life Raw Organic Coconut Oil because it uses the meat from organically grown coconuts in the Philippines. It is shredded and cold-pressed to create coconut milk, from which oil is extracted. It is not hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized. Raw Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is very versatile – your imagination is your only limitation. Keep in mind, if coconut oil is stored below 25°C, the oil will solidify. If exposed to a temperature above 25°C, the oil will liquify.
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