Coconut seems the flavour of the month at the moment. There seems to be coconut everything around. Not only do coconuts smell delicious, taste delicious but extra virgin coconut oil is also found to have some amazing properties like being anti fungal and anti bacterial. It was always though coconut oil was bad as it was full of saturated fat and detrimental to the health of your heart but recent studies have shown that it actually has the opposite effect!
Coconut oil primarily consists of medium-chain fatty acids. These triglycerides can speed up the metabolism because they are so easily digested and converted into energy. Long-chain fatty acids, like those in polyunsaturated oils, are more difficult for the body to break down and use for energy. Instead, long-chain fatty acids are usually stored as fat in the body. Several scientific studies have exhibited these principles.
One study examined the effect of medium-chain fatty acids on metabolism. Participants’ metabolism was evaluated before and after a meal rich in these fats. On average, metabolism increased by 48 percent. In obese individuals, the increase was as high as an astounding 65 percent. Studies have shown this thermogenic effect can last for 24 hours.
The coconut research centre has listed the health conditions coconut oil can help to improve. They have outlined coconuts ability to kill a whole host of different viruses, fungi, bacteria and yeast infections. Coconut oil also contains powerful antioxidants that protect us from free radicals and help us slow down ageing of the cells in our bodies internally and externally.
As well as all the wonderful benefits from ingesting it, coconut oil also acts as a great moisturiser for the hair and skin and has also been found to act as a partial sunblock (only 20% but still chemical free for everyday use). I also use this on our daughter Kate’s skin as a wonderful moisturiser and mild eczema treatment. Nothing softens her skin like it! You can also lather it on to help remove cradle cap! Is there nothing this stuff won’t do?
I have written a blog post on how to make your own coconut yoghurt. What uses do you have for this magic stuff? I would love to hear them.