In the last 5 years or so, coconut oil has swept through the health and wellness industry with claims ranging from its anti-bacterial properties to oil-pulling.
What’s the truth in all of this? What ways can coconut oil be beneficial? Or is it actually just another silly trend — or worse — harmful?
Coconut oil is a highly saturated fat
It should only be used sparingly, because the main fatty acid in it is Lauric acid. Lauric Acid can raise total cholesterol by raising both good cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, and bad cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein. The World Health Organization, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and The Food and Drug Administration all advise against regular consumption of coconut oil. However, there are both good and bad effects of regular consumption of coconut oil.
Positive Effects of Coconut Oil
- Provides your body and brain with quick energy
- In some countries, sixty percent of caloric intake of natives is from coconuts. The native were found to be in excellent shape and have very low rates of heart disease.
- When lauric acid is broken down in the digestive system it creates a substance called monolaurin. Lauric acid and monolaurin can kill some types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
- Coconut oil is being used in studies for drug-resistant epilepsy in children.
- Helps protect skin, hair, and teeth.
- Is generally an excellent topical moisturizer
Negative Effects of Coconut Oil
- Could cause weight gain
- Could increase bad cholesterol levels
- When taken orally for a help fighting an internal bacteria infection, this could lead to diarrhea.
Basically, the bottom line is that you should use anything that helps you in moderation. You should always talk to your doctor about the possible side effects of using coconut oil for your specific problem. Trending superfoods are well and good, but please do your research and make sensible choices that relate to your particular situation. If you do decide to try adding some coconut oil to your diet or skincare regimen, just about everyone agrees that Cold-Pressed Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has the most beneficial properties — and it is widely available in grocery stores, health food stores, and online.
This is the user’s individual experience. It does not reflect any claims made by the product’s manufacturer or distributor and is not supported by any scientific studies.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.
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