Virgin Coconut Oil Benefits
Virgin coconut oil has a lot of health benefits. Some of them include:
- Boosting thyroid function
- Increasing metabolism - faster & easier weight loss
- Virgin coconut oil has anti-microbial properties
- Boost immune health = fewer colds and flus
- More energy from the medium-chain fatty acids in the coconut oil
- Smoother, more youthful and healthier skin!
Note: So many people are interested in the weight loss and thyroid-boosting properties of coconut oil that we have separate pages on them: Coconut Oil & Weight Loss - Coconut Oil & the Thyroid. Also, another product we highly recommend along with coconut oil for both weight loss and supporting thyroid function is Emerald Sea, a all-natural supplement of organic seaweed. The fucoxanthin in some seaweeds (found in Emerald Sea) has been found to promote weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Alginate, also found in Emerald Sea, is said to have been proven to absorb greater levels of body fat than the majority of over-the-counter slimming treatments. Last, but not least, as you will read more about on the Coconut Oil & the Thyroid Page, healthy functioning of the thyroid is seen as essential by many in maintaining metabolism and preventing the accumulation of body fat. Sufficient intake of iodine, found in Emerald Sea, can support thyroid function.
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Many of the benefits that people have reported when using coconut oil, apply similarly to virgin coconut oil as well as a high quality expeller pressed oil. However, you need to make sure you are getting an oil that is not hydrogenated, nor have they used chemicals in the processing. There are many who feel like the virgin coconut oil has more benefits that using the expeller pressed oil did not give them, but keep in mind that most of the benefits seem to come from the medium chain fatty acids, which vary a bit by batch, and are high in both type of the oil.
Virgin Coconut Oil Can Help You Fight Viruses, Bacteria, Candida and More!
Virgin coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid, which is a medium-chain fatty acid that has been shown to have an ability to destroy lipid-coated viruses. Some of these viruses include the flu or influenza virus, HIV, herpes and more. There has been a case where an infant which had tested positive for HIV, and was fed with an infant formula that had a considerable amount of coconut oil in it, later tested negative for HIV!
Lauric acid is also able to destroy many bad bacteria, including giardia and listeria. In addition, many have also reported benefits from taking coconut oil with systemic yeast infections, or candida. Lauric acid is very high in human breast milk, probably in no small part due to its immune-boosting properties.
Are You Fighting with Blood Sugar Issues? Virgin Coconut Oil May Help You!
Many people have reported lower blood sugar when consuming coconut oil, and better mood and energy as well. This is important, as many diabetics experience low energy and problem moods, as do those with insulin resistance. Many people today are insulin resistant and don’t even know it, but if you put weight on around your midsection, there is a pretty good chance that you are one of them.
Coconut Oil Can Help Your Digestion
Many have reported relief from various digestion problems, including irritable bowel syndrome and even Crohn’s disease. This may be because the medium chain fatty acids in the lauric acid seem to help your body to absorb other nutrients. In addition, it is a great fat to add to your diet if you do not yet have a strong digestive system. Coconut oil is one of the most easily digested fats around, and does not need bile in order to help break it down.
Virgin Coconut Oil May Benefit Your Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
There are some alternative doctors who think chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia both have some basis in thyroid dysfunction. But in order for the thyroid gland to function properly, you also need to have a strong adrenal gland. In any case, many who have added virgin coconut oil to their diet say that their chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia has improved.
Coconut oil, of course, does not have the money-making potential of prescription drugs, so it is hard to find studies about coconut oil and how it has helped with various health issues, but many people have just decided to try some for themselves and many have had a pleasant surprise.
Virgin Coconut Oil: Recommended Amounts For You To See Results!
Recommended amounts of virgin coconut oil really depend on why you are taking it, as well as your size, but range from 1 - 6 Tablespoons per day for an average person. Like all more natural ways of healing, it often takes a while to see results, so you might want to make a commitment to try it for at least a month or two. And often, in our experience, with natural healing, many people don’t take enough of the natural substance to make a difference. So if you start with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil per day, and don’t see any benefits, try at least 2 or 3 for a while, like for a month at least.