Last year we shared the news from a Harvard study that found moderate consumption of coffee actually offered several health benefits. A lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, reduced systemic inflammation and reduced risk of some types of cancer are a few of the reasons why cold brew coffee is the new poster child for health food. And of course, fortifying your morning drink with a spoonful of organic extra virgin coconut oil makes it even more delicious and healthful.
More studies show Extra Virgin Coconut Oil may deserve the title “Super Food.”
Recent studies on the health benefits of coconut oil have shed a scientific light on what people of island cultures have known for years: coconut oil is good for you. Once considered unhealthy because it was classified as a saturated fat, new information shows that Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a heart-healthy food offering many important health benefits:
- Help fight candida, yeast, and fungal infections
- Balances hormones
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Improves cholesterol ratio levels
- Aids in maintaining a healthy weight
- Fights aging
- Keeps hair and skin healthy and moisturized
Several components earn organic coconut its place on the list of superfoods. First, it contains a saturated fat known as lauric acid, a type of MCT(medium-chain triglyceride). MCTs are absorbed into the bloodstream and bypass the digestion process unlike other types of fat. Because of the unique way the body utilizes MCTs, they are less likely to be stored in the fat cells like other fats. MCTs provide a quick burst of energy. When taken with meals they help create a thermogenic effect which burns calories more efficiently. One study concluded that women who ate around 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for three months lowered their amounts of belly fat, a type of fat that specifically contributes to heart problems. Lauric acid also increases the HDL blood cholesterol, helping to balance the ratio between “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels. It helps restore normal thyroid function by promoting the production of pregnenolone, a molecule our bodies need for efficient hormone production.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in antioxidants, those free-radical-fighting miracles that help prevent damage to the healthy fat tissues in our body. Oxidation of healthy fat tissues can lead to cardiovascular problems, aging skin, cancer and other diseases. It has a positive antioxidant effect and may contribute to better overall health, increased energy, a stronger immune system and a younger appearance.
Even good fats should be consumed in moderation. The healthiest way to use it is as a replacement for other types of fat in your balanced diet. Fortunately, it is easy to incorporate into the recipes you already know and love.