You hear the word ‘superfood’ thrown around quite a bit, but how do you know when a food really is a true ‘superfood?’ Coconut oil makes its case pretty strongly, with its unique combination of fatty acids that have profound effects on human health, including better brain function and other benefits.
Check out these five facts about coconut oil that have been experimentally validated in human study:
Unique fatty acids & powerful medicinal properties – Coconut oil is often vilified because it contains saturated fat. Actually, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with 90% of its fat content being saturated.
New studies show that saturated fats may be harmless, debunking the theory that it clogs arteries. These coconut oil fats are actually better than the ones you find in cheese or red meat; they are metabolized differently, and can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like Alzheimer’s.
Those who eat a lot of coconut are the healthiest people – Here in the Western world, coconut is seen primarily as an exotic food, only consumed by health nuts. But in other parts of the world, coconut is actually a dietary staple that certain cultures have survived on for generations.
The Tokelauans, a population in the South Pacific, get over 60% of their calories from coconuts. They people exhibit excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.
Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid – About 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When coconut oil is broken down into enzymes, a monoglyceride called monolaurin is formed. Both monolaurin and lauric acids can kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even help prevent infections.
A study on medium and long chain triglycerides showed that men who consumed mostly medium chain triglycerides ate 256 fewer calories than those who consumed long chain triglycerides. This could affect weight over long periods of time.
Coconut oil moisturizes skin, functions as sunscreen, and prevents damaged hair – An ex-girlfriend of mine used coconut oil for everything; she put it in her hair after every shower, rubbed it on her face before bed every night and every morning when she woke up, and even kept a separate jar for use with food. And I’m inclined to say it worked quite well, because she looked stunning each and every day.
It is very protective against hair damage, blocking about 20% of the sun’s rays according to one study. It can also be used in a process called oil pulling, which kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and improves dental health.