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10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a number of emerging benefits for your health, both when you add it to your diet or use it for cosmetic purposes
Researchers have found that consuming a type of saturated fat in coconut oil, called MCTs, may increase the number of calories you burn. However, it’s still unclear if coconut oil itself has this effect.
Coconut oil is high in MCTs, which your body metabolizes differently than LCTs. MCTs provide a rapid energy source that your body can absorb and use faster than other types of saturated fat.
Lauric acid in coconut oil may have antimicrobial properties against a variety of harmful microorganisms.
MCTs may help reduce food intake by decreasing hunger. However, evidence suggests that coconut oil doesn’t necessarily offer the same effect.
MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood ketone concentrations, which may help reduce seizure frequency.
Coconut oil may help moisturize your skin and improve skin barrier function.
Coconut oil may help strengthen your hair by increasing flexibility and reducing the breakage of hair strands.
Coconut oil may be a cost-effective way to improve oral health due to its lauric acid content.
Since coconut oil is rich in MCTs, which significantly increase blood levels of ketones, it may potentially help with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, further studies are needed.
Coconut oil is a good source of antioxidants, which provide anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and brain-protective effects.
There’s conflicting evidence on the benefits of coconut oil for heart health. However, the AHA advises against consuming it to reduce your risk of heart disease. Try to limit your intake to 10% of your daily calorie intake.