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history and benefits of coconut oil

Coconut Oil History and Why You Need It

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One of the key components found in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid. Coconut oil has special fats called medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) and almost 50% of those are 12-carbon lauric acid components. Coconut oil is one of few natural substances that contains lauric acid, and second only to breast milk.

How Can We Benefit?

Lauric acid has been proven to increase the “good kind” of cholesterol (HDL) in the body.  Coconut oil maintains healthy levels of cholesterol by helping convert it to pregnenolone, a molecule that is needed as a precursor of most of the hormones we need in our bodies. These types of fats actually go straight to the liver instead of the pancreas and gall bladder to be metabolized, resulting to efficient burning of energy (and more fats) in the process.

A study done in 2009 had women consume around two tablespoons of coconut oil daily for twelve weeks and not only did they not gain more weight, they actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat – a type of fat that contributes to more heart problems and is difficult to lose.

Because of this protective property, it aids in digestion, boosts your immune system and even helps you maintain good oral health through oil pulling.



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