9. Improves Cholesterol Levels
The healthy saturated fats in coconut oil can also keep your cholesterol levels under control. It basically increases the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in the body and helps convert the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol into good cholesterol.
A 2004 study published in Clinical Biochemistry highlights the beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil in lowering lipid levels in serum and tissues, and LDL oxidation by physiological oxidants. This benefit is attributed to the biologically active polyphenol components present in the oil.
Another study published in 2008 by the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism found that dietary administration of virgin coconut oil reduced the cholesterol and triglyceride levels and maintained the levels of blood coagulation factors.
By improving HDL cholesterol and lowering the effect of LDL cholesterol, this healthy oil plays a key role in reducing the risk of heart disease.
Also, coconut oil helps restore normal thyroid functioning, which when not working properly contributes to higher levels of bad cholesterol.
10. Kills Harmful Microorganisms
Whether you suffer from a viral, bacterial or yeast infection, coconut oil is the answer to all your problems.
The lauric acid in coconut oil makes it an effective antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent. When lauric acid is digested, it forms a substance called monolaurin, which can destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause endless numbers of health problems.
- To fight fungi like candida or athlete’s foot, you can apply coconut oil directly on the affected area.
- When taken internally, coconut oil helps fight viruses and harmful bacteria that can be quite serious.
Guidelines for Internal Intake of Coconut Oil:
Follow these guidelines regarding how much coconut oil you should eat in a day. Also, always opt for extra-virgin or virgin varieties for best results.
- Adults – 3 tablespoons a day
- Elderly and teenagers – 2 tablespoons a day
- Children – 1 tablespoon a day
- Toddlers – 1½ teaspoons a day