Long a dietary staple of the people of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands, coconut oil has been used for both food and health care. It has been used in Ayurvedic herbalism for 4,000 years and it is a natural oil, lower in calories than most oils.
Modern research now proves that coconut oil is healthy, supports energy quickly, and is less likely to store as fat in the body. Coconut oil also contains the fatty acid lauric acid, which not only supports immune health, but also supports healthy metabolism.
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid and is not stored in the body as fat. It is used by the body as fuel for immediate energy needs. Because coconut oil is a saturated vegetable oil, it can’t be oxidized and turned into a free radical. Unlike saturated fats in meat, it contains no cholesterol and cannot lead to cholesterol buildup in the blood.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Extravirgin Cocunut Oil is commonly used for:
- Supporting immune system and increasing the body's natural defenses against viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungus, and Candida
- Supports thyroid function boosting metabolism, energy and endurance
- Promote balanced blood sugar levels
- Hair care: to nourish hair and scalp; it can be massaged on the head to hydrate dry scalp, used as conditioner for damaged or dry hair
- Skin Care: to soothe and hydrate dry skin, and to provide antioxidant protecion. It can also be used on bruises to speed up the healing process
- Heart Health: it does not lead to increase cholesterol levels as other vegetable oils do
- Weight Loss (when used as cooking oil)
- Digestion (when used as cooking oil)
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is best when used as part of an overall healthy lipid program which means that you should also eat or supplement with essential fatty acids, EPA, DHA and GLA. An omega-3 supplement is a good companion to coconut oil softgels and especially helpful when you decrease the consumption of hydrogenated vegetable oils in your diet.