Benefits of Coconut Oil Studies Suggest
Posted on March 28 2018
History of the Use of Coconut Oil
The use of coconut oil dates back to thousands of years. It is believed that the use of coconut oil, fruit, flesh, water, and its milk has had great influence in the lives of people living in the tropics. It has been used over the years in Africa, Central and Southern America, India and some countries in Asia for both its nutritious and health benefits.
However, it was coined the term coconut in the 1600s. Over the years, coconut palm grows perfectly in their natural habitats in subtropical and tropical regions. They grow well on sandy soils and on the shorelines. Sunny and rainy weathers coupled with low temperature favor the plant’s growth.
Historians argue that coconut was cultivated along the Malabar Coast in India way before the time of Christ. It is believed that around the time of Christ, coconut farming became prevalent in Sri Lanka. The effect of the use of coconut among people in tropical countries was so immense that it is considered to have shaped civilization.
Studies Suggest the following Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
1. Source of Health Amount of Saturated Fats
Using coconut oil when cooking can be advantageous as it responds well to heat. This is usually not the case with other cooking oils which are easily damaged when exposed to high temperatures. This, in turn, creates trans-fats – unhealthy fats. On the other hand, exposing coconut oil to high temperatures does not affect its natural properties hence retaining its beneficial functions.
Additionally, coconut oil is a source of a healthy amount of fats that are saturated. These healthy fats help good cholesterol (HDL) to rise.
2. Contain Properties that Can Act as Co-factors
Some properties in coconut oil help it to act as an important cofactor. This is especially true when it comes to absorption of certain nutrients. For instance, coconut oil facilitates better absorption of foods rich in calcium and magnesium. Absorption of these minerals is important in the development of strong teeth and bones
3. May Influences Insulin to Act Appropriately
Those people with diabetes may find it useful to take coconut oil. This is because coconut oil encourages insulin to act naturally as they do, this way they respond appropriately to changes in the blood glucose levels.
There is a study being done to establish the relationship between the consumption of coconut oil with recovery from type 2 diabetes.
4. May Help Combat Harmful Microorganisms
Coconut oil has always been associated with its ability to fight fungi, bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that are harmful to human beings. This makes coconut oil an immune system booster as well as an intense natural antibiotic.
It has also been highly valued due to its anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Due to these properties, its influence in protecting against free radicals and chronic illnesses is mounting.
5. May Aid in Weight Loss from some studies
The popularity of coconut oil can partly be due to the role it plays in weight loss. The metabolism of medium-chain fatty acids is responsible for the loss of weight. Additionally, the fat in coconut oil is acted upon by the body differently than it does to other fats.
With the benefits that are associated with coconut oil, it’s true to say that this oil will remain the best when it comes to fighting environmental and bodily stress. I guess this is why the Keto diet and the use of coconut oil have become the number one source of energy production of fat.