Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been classified as a “super food” – and with no surprise. The health benefits of coconut oil are almost limitless, supported by more than 1,500 medical studies.

Coconut oil contains healthy, saturated fats, called medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The MCFAs are quick to digest and metabolize differently than longer chain fats. Instead of going through a 26 step process, coconut oil only needs three steps to be digested and be turned into fuel. Since coconut oil is not stored in the body as fat, it is the perfect energy source.

Coconut oil has more than 85% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It also contains lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, phenolic acid, myristic acid, vitamin E, vitamin K, and iron.

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile health foods. It can be used for cooking, as a beauty product, and as a natural medicine.

Coconut Oil in Food

Coconut oil can be safely used in foods wherever you would usually use oil or butter, with a few additional surprises.

Coconut Oil for Your Beauty Routine

Coconut oil makes for a wonderful natural beauty treatment for any skin type. It not only moisturizes the skin but also treats many skin conditions. The caprylic and lauric acids in the oil reduce internal and external inflammation. The antioxidants heal the skin and the antimicrobial properties balance out fungal and candida sources, which cause many skin disorders.

Medicinal Uses of Coconut Oil

According to extensive medical research coconut oil has many medicinal benefits. Here is a list of benefits from consuming coconut oil:

With so many benefits, it’s easy to understand why coconut oil became so popular over the last few years. Try incorporating coconut oil into your diet and daily beauty routine to see what it can do for you.

If you need any further information on coconut oil benefits, or just need the help and advice of an integrative healthcare provider, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D.

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Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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