Mighty Ingredient: Coconut Oil

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Author: Holly J Coley

You may be familiar with coconut oil but do you know why it’s such a powerful ingredient?

Unlike most saturated fats, coconut oil is plant based and highly beneficial. It contains lauric acid, an antifungal and antibacterial medium-chain triglyceride often referred to as MCT. MCTs are treated like carbohydrates by the body and absorbed easily. The acid helps healthy levels of cholesterol be maintained by raising the amount of HDL cholesterol in the blood. When we digest it a monoglyceride called monolaurin is formed which can kill fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Many who suffer from eczema report relief from using the coconut oil topically on the affected places. If you’re prone to candida (yeast) outbreaks, adding the oil to your diet may be beneficial.

Once coconut oil moves from the digestive track it goes directly to the liver and turns into ketones, an energy source derived from the fatty-acids.  Some medical experts believe that this process can contribute to weight loss because ketones, unlike glucose, are not stored as fat.

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Coconut oil can have a sweet nutty flavor and scent. It’s high in the antioxidant Vitamin E which plays a role in keeping vision strong and skin and hair healthy. Used topically it makes a wonderful moisturizer.  It can be cooked with, used in place of  lotion, and even added to smoothies. A little goes a long way and it naturally has a long shelf life making it a must have in any kitchen pantry.

Have you tried coconut oil yet? How are you using it?

 

 

 

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