Most people are afraid to believe all the wonderful coconut oil benefits because it's one of those "dreaded" saturated fats with lots of bad press.
Where did all that bad press come from? I'll address that below. But first, let's look at how this oil can improve your health.
Here are some of the main coconut oil benefits...
Boosts Immune System Health - To say that it enhances your immune system seems like such an understatement.
Coconut oil is antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral when applied topically or taken internally.
It has found to be particularly effective against influenza viruses and bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, ulcers, pneumonia, even cavities.
It also treats fungal infections like athlete's foot, thrush, and diaper rash.
Cardiovascular Health - The high amounts of lauric acid in coconut oil reduces high blood pressure and improves cholesterol levels.
Helps with Digestive Disorders - Specifically, Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil are absorbed quickly and easily in the digestive tract.
Longer chain triglycerides, like those found in polyunsaturated fats, stay in the digestive tract longer and can cause inflammation.
Increased Energy and Weight Loss - How can a fat help you lose weight and boost your energy? When it contains high amounts of those MCTs I just mentioned.
MCTs support your thyroid and rev up you metabolism. They are not stored as fat, but burned quickly by the liver as an energy source.
Improves Skin and Hair - These benefits can be gotten from both consuming the oil and applying it topically.
Put in on a cut or scrape to prevent infections. Use it as a moisturizer to relieve dry, itchy skin and rashes. Use it as a hair conditioner for shiny, strong hair and a dandruff-free scalp.
If you follow the trail, it ends up at the back door of the vegetable oil manufacturers. Not exactly what I would call an unbiased source.
It makes sense that they would want to discredit all these wonderful coconut oil benefits.
But there IS data out there saying that coconut oil will wreck your health. How can that be?
There is a simple explanation - the experiments used hydrogenated coconut oil - also known as trans fatty acids!
Any kind of oil that is hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated will wreck your health - guaranteed.
So if you buy coconut oil, you need to make sure that it isn't the highly processed, deodorized garbage that is more commonly available (also known as RBD - which stands for Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized).
So I hope you can see that it really is an amazing oil. To get the most health benefits of coconut oil, replace your polyunsaturated fats with it.
I personally only use organic virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and butter for all my cooking and baking. All are very healthy fats that will keep your immune system strong.