There are more than 1,500 studies conducted worldwide that prove coconut oil as one of the healthiest foods on the planet earth. The benefits of Coconut oil are proven with uses more than what you may think of. The coconut oil is derived from the dried coconut flesh – called a superfood.
Research has helped in unveiling the secrets behind this superfood. Commonly called as healthy fats or technically as medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These kinds of unique fats include chemicals like Caprylic acid, Lauric acid, and Capric acid.
Almost 62 percent of the oils present in coconut is made up of these listed healthy fatty acids, and 91 percent of the fat in coconut oil is completely healthy saturated fat.
Most of the commonly used fats are take a longer time to digest, but MCFAs found in coconut oil come with a good source of energy.
Unlike other long-chain fatty acids extracted from plants, MCFAs are: easier to digest, not readily stored as fat, antimicrobial and antifungal and is processed by the liver immediately, that means, it is not stored as fat. These facts make us understand, why coconut oil is called a superfood.
Some of the health benefits of Coconut oil includes:
- Prevention of Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Coconut oil contains natural saturated fats in high quantities. Saturated fats help in increasing healthy cholesterol level in your body along with helping to convert “bad” cholesterol into a good one. Thus, healthy cholesterol level promotes a healthy heart and lowers the risk of heart disease.
- Helps In Improving Memory and Brain Function
Researches conducted to show that MCFAs present in coconut oil helps in improving memory problems, especially in older people.
- Turns Into a Shield Protecting Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
The usage of coconut oil in ‘oil pulling’ method has a proven success record for centuries to cleanse the mouth to remove bacteria and heal periodontal disease.
The method is to swish the oil in your mouth resulting in the denaturing of the bacteria due to the oil and also the oil sticks to the teeth and prevents damage to the gums.
- For Hair Care
Coconut oil proves to be effective to combat dandruff or dry hair as it has fatty acids to help in improving the conditions. Regular use is recommended for longlasting results.