Referring to Coconut oil as a super food almost feels misleading. Although coconut oil is reported to have health benefits when consumed as food (although studies are limited) it is also nourishing as a moisturizer and skincare product.
Benefits of coconut oil:
- Supports your immune system – Studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness (Source). Our bodies convert lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties (Source).
- Improve thyroid function – Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body.
- Increase your metabolism – Coconut oil is one of nature’s richest sources of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. MCTs are easily digested but without the insulin spike (like carbohydrates). MCTs boost your metabolism; help your body use fat for energy, rather than storing it, helping you become leaner.
- Moisturize skin – A human study found virgin (unprocessed) coconut oil to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in dry skin while an animal study found that when applied topically can speed up wound healing.
Ways to use coconut oil:
- Substitute for butter (vegan, dairy-free) in pastry or as an oil for sauteeing or other cooking methods (since it has a high smoke point).
- Drizzle on popcorn
- Apply directly to skin to moisturize
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Have you used coconut oil? What are your favorite uses for and benefits of coconut oil?