Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood."
Its benefits include weight loss, better brain function, skin health and many more.
Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat.
In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.
However, new research says that saturated fats are mostly harmless. Many studies with hundreds of thousands of people have found no link to heart disease.
Additionally, coconut oil doesn't contain your average saturated fats, like the ones you would find in cheese or steak.
Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.
They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into so-called ketones, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's.
Studies show that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase blood levels of ketones, supplying energy for the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients and relieving symptoms.
Plenty of populations around the world have thrived for multiple generations eating massive amounts of coconut fat.
The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
The fatty acids and breakdown products in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helping to prevent infections.
The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term.
Studies in both humans and rats show that coconut oil improves important risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart disease.
Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen and as mouthwash.
Use coconut oil as much as you can to improve your health.