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Aug 05 2017

The Magic Powers of Coconut Oil – Part 1

As you all know I am a huge proponent of fats in the diet, and as such I am here to talk to you about one of my most favourite fats of all times. Can you guess what it is??? If you guessed, Coconut Oil, then you would be right. With so many benefits to be had from consumption of coconut oil, I think by the end of this post you will realise how great it is for you and will even go out and get yourself a tub.

If you go to my online store at “The Wellness Empire” Website I have included Coconut Oil and its related products (including amazing books on the topic) that you are able to purchase at really inexpensive rates… So, without much further ado lets get started…

Most who are in the paleo world will definitely be proponents of the amazing elixir coconut oil, from its amazing fat burning benefits to its ability to serve as a so called “good fat” in our diet. But what many of you are probably not aware of is that it is so much more than that…

But before I get onto those benefits, I first want to explain why the fats in coconut oil differ from those in other fat sources.

Beneficial Fats in Coconut Oil

There are dozens of different types of fatty acids, and they are broken down into 3 different categories, being saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated.

For many years, at least since the heart-diet hypothesis, saturated fat has been outed and the introduction of vegetable oils (i.e. polyunsaturated oils) were introduced. This was as far as I am concerned one of the downfalls of our health system. Although saturated fat was given a bad rap it is important to realise that not all saturated fats are equal and that even though coconut oil contains 92% saturated fat, it is a type of fat that is incredibly healthy for you…

Within the saturated fat family is a type of triglyceride called “Medium Chain” and this fatty acid, along with short chain fatty acids are able to be used directly as energy and is not stored on the body as fat. As coconut oil contains 64% medium chain fats and a plentiful supply of short chain fatty acids too, this is I suppose what you would consider a very low calorie fat, and many even say that unlike other fats which contain 9 calories per gram, coconut oil only contains 7.

Free Radical Damage

Another benefit of Coconut Oil is the degree of saturation it contains. This means that cooking with Coconut Oil is the safest cooking you can do as it is highly saturated and will not cause the oxidation and free radical formation that other fats will.

Difference between MCT and Coconut Oil

Now on to talking about the difference between medium chain triglyceride oil (MCT oil) and coconut oil.

MCT Oil is as the name suggest purely made up of medium chain fatty acids which means it is a great energy source for the body. However, unlike coconut oil it only contains 2 of the 3 medium chain fatty acids being Capric and Caprylic Acid, but does not contain the third triglyceride known as Lauric Acid. This is where the difference lies between the two as lauric acid has shown to be one of the most beneficial substances and as coconut oil contains a whopping 48% of Lauric Acid (and 8% caprylic, 4% capric) this is the reason coconut oil is so valuable…

Coconut Cures

OK, so now you know about the great fats that are in coconut oil and why it is so effective with the ketogenic diet, so how about now I go into giving you the other benefits it has in regards to health. When I talk about this it is important for you to remember one thing, and that is that for many generations, people in coconut growing regions have all touted coconut as being both nutritional and medicinal. They did not have access to conventional medical treatments as we do here and therefore they used the beneficial aspects of coconut oil to treat whatever issues they were suffering from.

There are many different cultures that use coconut oil as a primary therapeutic treatment, and some of these include:

  • Samoan Islands – If you were sick or injured here coconut oil would definitely be part of the treatment;
  • Coastal jungles of Central and South America – Native healers would nourish you back to health using coconut oil;
  • Phillipines – Coconut oil is used to speed up the healing of burns, cuts and bruises and will be massaged into swollen joints and aching muscles. In some instances it will even be used to speed up the healing of broken bones.

As you can see, coconut oil has been seen for thousands of years as being a potent medicine that will bring a person back to optimal health.

Systems of the Body Coconut Oil affects and Reason it is so great for us…

Now I am so excited because I am going to be talking to you about how the substances found in coconut oil work in the body and why they are so beneficial to us. Please stay tuned and really listen up because I promise you that by the end, and especially if you follow a ketogenic lifestyle like me, you will be running out the door to grab yourself a jar of coconut oil (or perhaps a 10L container like me).

Digestion

As mentioned previously, coconut oil contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids. This means that they are shorter and smaller in size than long chain fatty acids and therefore they digest much easier and are more soluble in water. In fact, unlike the long chain fatty acids, the medium chain fats do not even need pancreatic enzymes or bile to be digested. For this reason, coconut oil is able to provide a quick source of energy without using up the bodies enzyme supply. Medium Chain Fats do not circulate in the bloodstream to the degree that other fats do and therefore are not packed away in fat cells and do not clog artery walls.

Another great benefit is that as Coconut Oil does not require bile or enzymes to be digested, even those without a gallbladder or those with enzyme insufficiency can benefit from the use of it.

Nutrient Absorption

As coconut oil is so easily digested, it helps with the absorption of other nutrients as well, such as the fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K, magnesium, calcium, b vitamins and even some proteins.

Increased Energy and Metabolism

As medium chain fatty acids are predominantly used as a fuel source by the liver, you may feel your energy level boosted with the use of coconut oil and also a boost in your metabolism. Another great benefit for those seeking to lose weight. Adding coconut oil to your diet has been proven to increase energy levels and alertness and help with daily activities.

Improves Thyroid Function

As Coconut Oil helps with metabolism, it has also been known to kickstart your thyroid gland so that it runs at a higher level of efficiency.

Conclusion

Well, now you have heard about 4 reasons why coconut oil is so great for you and I have another ton of them to go.  So keep an eye out for future posts.

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