For more than a decade, coconut oil has been used as a vital source of food for health and general well-being. Although once blindly labeled as a “bad fat” because of its saturated contents, many recent researchers have found out that coconut oil possesses the nutrients necessary to maintain a well-balanced and nutritious diet. It first gained popularity in traditional communities, particularly those of tropical regions where coconut palm trees thrive best. And, now with a number of benefits, it can offer, coconut oil is now highly considered the healthiest oil you can consume on earth.
There is a widespread misconception that coconut oil is bad for everyone because it is said to raise blood cholesterol and trigger the onset of heart disease. The truth is, not all saturated fats are bad. Coconut oil possesses a number of benefits that modern researchers have just discovered. One of those is the fact that coconut oil boosts its lauric acid content, a nutrient that plays a great role in balancing the body’s immune system. It is the lauric acid that acts to destroy the lipid membrane of the enveloped viruses, yeast, fungi, and bacteria in the body. Recent research even found that lauric acid, also found in human breast milk has the potential for treating AIDS and other degenerative disorders.
The idea behind the claim that coconut oil plays a large role in weight loss basically stemmed from the fact that coconut oil is composed of healthy medium-chain fatty acids. Although a highly saturated fat, these fatty acids of coconut oil do not circulate in the bloodstream as most fats do, instead they are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into a form of energy. So rather than being stored as body fat, the fatty acids of coconut oil are used to produce energy.
There are numerous kinds of research conducted to support such claims. One of those is the study conducted in Yucatan where coconut oil is a staple. In the study, it was found that the metabolic rates (the major keys to healthy weight management) of people living in the Yucatan area were 25 percent higher than in comparable test subjects living in the United States. The result then accounts for the leanness of people living in the tropics where oil is consumed on a daily
Another study conducted on animals showed the role that coconut oil has been playing in weight loss. In this study, farmers who tried to dish up coconut oil to fatten their animals found out that it made them lean and more active instead. In addition, those who consume oil consistently for several weeks often report an increase in energy, better sleep patterns, an enhanced sense of well-being, and of course weight loss.
As far as evidence has revealed, coconut oil holds many benefits that are obtainable from no other source. It plays a large role in weight loss, and even in thyroid health. It contributes to greater oxidation and free radicals in the body or supports the overall immune functions, making it a very potential warrior for fighting the symptoms of digestive and other degenerative disorders.