Researchers at McGill University in Canada have found that if you replace all the oils in your diet that are made of long-chain triglycerides, such as soybean oil, canola oil, safflower oil, and the like, with an oil that contains MCT’s, such as coconut oil, you can lost up to 36 pounds of excess fat per year. This is without changing your diet and without reducing the number of calories you eat. All you simply have to do is get an oil change.
Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are broken down and used predominantly for energy production and thus seldom end up as body fat or as deposits in arteries or anywhere else. They produce energy, not fat. Medium chain fatty acids do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and help protect against heart disease.
When coconut oil is eaten, the body transforms its unique fatty acids into powerful antimicrobial powerhouses capable of defeating some of the most notorious disease-causing microorganisms. Even the super germs are vulnerable to these lifesaving coconut derivatives. The unique properties of coconut oil make it, in essence, a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiprotozoal food.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Weight loss: It has reduced obesity and promoted weight loss in mice.
Heart: Coconut oil was found to have many factors associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, compared to those of other dietary oils, namely, lower body-fat deposition, higher survival rate, reduced tendency to form clots, fewer uncontrolled free radicals in cells, lower levels of blood and liver cholesterol, higher antioxidant reserves in cells and lower incidence of disease in population studies.
Diabetes: Coconut oil is known to aid those with diabetes by balancing blood sugar levels. MCTs improve insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, thus reversing the underlying cause of diabetes.
Cancer: Coconut oil has very potent anti-cancer properties. When cancer is chemically induced in lab animals the addition of coconut oil into their diets can completely negate the carcinogenic effects of the chemicals.
Liver: Coconut oil can prevent and even reverse liver disease caused by a variety of toxic agents such as alcohol, bacteria, drugs, and chemicals. It does the same for other organs in the body such as the intestines, colon, kidneys, and pancreas.
Reducing stress: It has ant stress and antioxidant properties, which could make it useful as an antidepressant, according to research in rodents.
Shiny hair: It makes hair shinier, because it penetrates better than mineral oils.
Healthy skin: It has been found to enhance protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect on skin in humans.
Fighting candida: Coconut oil has reduced colonization with Candida albicans in mice, suggesting it could be a treatment for candida.
Osteoporosis: coconut oil may be useful in helping to slow down this degenerative process by improving mineral absorption, protecting the bones from free radicals, and maintaining hormonal balance.
Malnutrition: Coconut Oil has been recommended for use in the treatment of malnutrition because it provides a quick and easy source of nutrition without taxing the enzymes of the body. It also improves the absorption of minerals (particularly calcium and magnesium) B vitamins, and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D,E and K and beta-carotene).