The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Despite the bad reputation Coconut Oil has carried for decades, it has been partially vindicated in recent years.  Research shows that coconut oil offers some benefits to your cholesterol levels, heart health and overall well-being.

The saturated fat content of coconut oil was originally thought to contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease.  As scientists have started studying the fats in coconut oil, they discovered that not all saturated fats are alike  The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric and stearic acids, the same ones found in heart-healthy dark chocolate.

Unlike myristic and palmitic acids, studies on these acids do not indicate that they contribute to heart disease or bad cholesterol.  In fact, the saturated fats in coconut oil have been found to increase your HDL levels, improving your ratio of good cholesterol to bad.

Consuming coconut oil may help your body absorb certain fat-soluble nutrients.  Calcium and magnesium, crucial for healthy bone growth, depend on fats like those in coconut oil to help your body absorb and use these important vitamins and minerals.

There are additional claims of benefits including weight loss, immune system improvements and blood sugar regulation.  These claims have not yet been substantiated.

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