1. It is a great source of energy for both body and brain //
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently than long-chain fatty acids and short-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids don’t require energy to be absorbed, used or stored; they go straight from the digestive tract to the liver and are used as a quick source of energy. More energy can be gained from one calorie of MCTs compared to one calorie of longer chain fatty acids. Studies have also found that coconut oil can reduce your hunger and improve brain function.
2. It is good for cholesterol levels, heart health and hormones //
Although coconut oil is extremely rich in saturated fat it is not the same type of saturated fat that is found in cow, goat and sheep milk fat, which are rich in short-chain fatty acids. It contains a type of saturated fat called lauric acid, which is found in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Lauric acid has been found to raise HDL cholesterol, which ultimately decreases the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol. This decreased ratio reduces the risk for heart disease. Coconut oil has also been shown to improve thyroid function and insulin use within the body.
3. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial //
Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, which has antibacterial and other antimicrobial effects, killing bacteria, viruses and fungi. Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is lauric acid.
4. It is extremely stable and great for cooking //
Because it is a saturated fat, it is an extremely stable oil that can withstand high heat and can last up to two years without spoiling. In baked goods, it can often be substituted for butter cup for cup.
5. It is great for skin and hair health //
Topically, coconut oil has many benefits. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E and can improve the moisture and lipid content of he skin. It can also protect against the sun’s UV rays and be used to moisturize and protect hair. Just remember to always use organic.