There was a time in the not so distant past that conventional wisdom labeled all saturated fats, including coconut oil, enemy number one. We were told they would clog our arteries and cause heart disease. We were encouraged to eat highly refined, so-called “heart healthy,” vegetable oils such as canola, corn, safflower and soybean instead.
But now the mainstream is reluctantly being forced to admit they were wrong all along. Research hasn’t found a link between saturated fats and heart disease. In fact, the Western diet—which has become high in unstable, highly inflammatory vegetable fats—has done us far more harm than good, with rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes exploding.
The truth is saturated fats never were the demon they insisted they were. Our focus should be on balancing out our ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids instead. And a healthy diet should include some high quality saturated fats.
Coconut oil is a particularly good choice because around half of the saturated fat in the oil is lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid that has specific heart benefits.
Following are 8 terrific reasons you should trade in your vegetable oil for organic virgin coconut oil starting TODAY…
1. Improve blood pressure:
A growing number of small, but impressive, studies are finding that coconut oil may be able to help us manage our blood pressure. In both animal and human trials organic coconut oil has been shown to improve overall blood pressure numbers, while raising HDL or “good” cholesterol.
2. Get better blood sugar control:
Research suggests that coconut oil could help reduce some of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Studies have found a diet rich in medium chain fatty acids, including coconut oil, fights insulin resistance and can help with glucose control. And an animal study published in the International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences found that virgin coconut oil helps reduce blood glucose levels.
3. Fight bacterial infections:
Coconut oil is a known antibacterial. In a Tufts University study the oil was found to effectively kill off candida bacteria, a common cause of yeast infections. And other research has shown coconut oil attacks staph infections too.
4. Support weight loss:
You could lose up to five percent more weight simply by swapping out other fats in your diet for coconut oil. And research has revealed that coconut oil isn’t just linked to faster weight loss, it can help you target stubborn and dangerous belly fat too.
5. Boost cognitive function:
Believe it or not organic coconut oil may be able to help you boost your brain power. According to research out of Colorado coconut oil doesn’t just protect a healthy brain. Incredibly it’s also linked to restoring brain function in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease.
6. Get rid of gallstones and kidney stones:
Researchers say coconut oil could help us tackle excruciatingly painful gallstones and kidney stones. In a study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, more than half of the volunteers taking coconut oil had their gallstones completely dissolve. Experts believe eating coconut oil regularly could help prevent future stones from forming as well.
7. Alleviate arthritis pain:
Coconut oil is also an effective anti-inflammatory, which means it could help relieve your arthritis pain. In an animal study out of India coconut oil outperformed anti-inflammatory medications.
8. Fight free radicals:
Virgin coconut oil is brimming with antioxidants. Which means including it in your regular diet can help fight off the free radical damage that’s at the root of most of the diseases we suffer from as we age such as cancer, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and dementia.
Make organic virgin coconut oil a staple in your kitchen. You’ll love how it tastes and how it makes you feel.