- MCT in coconut oil increases the metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more fat
- Coconut oil penetrates the hair shafts and thus prevent and even help restore hair damage
- Because coconut oil is high in calories, it is advised to consume only small amounts
Coconut oil products are everywhere nowadays. From helping your heart and thyroid to helping you lose weight, this superfood is believed to have a number of health benefits.
What can it do for you?
Improves Heart Health
Those in the west may find the use of coconut oil a new concept, but in other places, coconuts thrive naturally and are a dietary staple. In studies, those who live in South Pacific islands — where coconut oil is abundant and residents get most of their caloric intake from coconuts, fish and other fruits, are found to have great overall health and very low rates of heart disease.
Lowers Your Bad Cholesterol
Coconut oil also helps in increasing HDL cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is “good cholesterol” that removes plaques that may block your arteries, and thus help improve heart health. Because coconut oil is high in calories, it is advised to consume only small amounts.
Burns Fat Faster
Compared to other edible oils, coconut oil has MCT, or medium-grade triglyceride. A quirk of MCT is that our body processes them a bit differently, by increasing the number of calories your body burns.The great thing about MCT is that it increases the metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more fat. Of course, that’s not to say you can just eat spoonfuls of coconut — coconuts are still very high in calories. With great portioning, however, coconut oil may help you burn more fat and help you lose weight faster.
Keeps Hair Looking Healthy
In tropical and coastal regions, coconut oil is used heavily for hair care. If you’re looking to add some shine to your locks, add a bit of this butter-like oil. Coconut oil helps promote healthy hair growth. The oil penetrates the hair shafts and thus prevent and even help restore hair damage.