Top 5 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a superfood that everyone is talking about at the moment. In case you’re still to be convinced about why it should be a pantry staple, here’s five of the top health benefits of cooking with coconut oil:

  1. Helps control weight  – Coconut oil is one of nature’s richest sources of medium-chain fatty acids. Easy to digest, medium-chain fatty acids also boost your metabolism as they are immediately burned as energy. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are compromised of long-chain fatty acids which are difficult for your body to break down and are predominately stored as fat.
  2. Eases digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome – The fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties which have a soothing effect on poor digestion or tummy bloating.
  3. Helps control blood sugar levels – By not producing an insulin spike in your bloodstream, coconut oil can help control blood sugar levels.
  4. Supports your immune system – Coconut oil is nearly 50% lauric acid, an immune supporting nutrient that helps our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria. 
  5. Assist your body to absorb important minerals – The fats and substances in coconut oil help your body to better absorb calcium and magnesium, which are important for bone health.

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