The Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil is touted as the cure all for everything from dry skin to high cholesterol. While many of these claims are still best described as anecdotal, we believe there are plenty of reasons to love coconut oil!
Plant sources of saturated fat include red palm and coconut, and these differ from the saturated fat found in animal products. Contrary to widespread and inaccurate belief, they can be part of a healthy diet.
Coconut oil improves skin health
A study found that coconut oil is as effective as mineral oil when used to treat dry skin. Coconut oil is compatible with many skin types since it is composed of one simple ingredient - coconut oil. It contains no fragrances, preservatives or other harsh ingredients. Many natural cosmetics on the market today contain coconut oil as a main ingredient.
Coconut oil promotes weight-loss
Coconut oil is composed of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which have been studied for their ability to increase our metabolism. Coconut oil has also been shown to keep us feeling full for longer, which helps to minimize mindless snacking and overindulging.
Coconut oil supports the immune system
Coconut oil contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties that support the immune system and fight off infection. The most well known of these is caprylic acid, a supplement often taken to treat candida.