Coconut oil benefits human heart and blood profile, also induces weight loss, according to recent clinical trial
Cocos nucifera). Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidification, lasting up to two years without spoiling.
Several health organizations advise against the consumption of high amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat. But many recent studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies.
- Coconut oil raises the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and reduces the ratio of total to HDL cholesterol. A decreased ratio indicates reduced risk for heart disease. Lauric acid in coconut oil is also found in significant amounts in human and animal breast milk. Coconut oil can create a more favorable blood cholesterol profile.
- A randomized, double-blind, clinical trial involved 40 women aged 20-40 years. Groups received daily dietary supplements comprising 30 mL of either soy bean oil (group S; 20 people) or coconut oil (group C; 20 people) over a 12-week period. At end, reductions in BMI were observed in both groups, but only group C exhibited a reduction in waist circumferences (WC). Group S presented an increase in total cholesterol, LDL and LDL/HDL ratio, whilst HDL diminished. Such alterations were not observed in group C. It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.
- Virgin coconut oil (VCO) and virgin olive oil (VOO) have broad-spectrum activity against Staphylococcus aureus (SA), fungi, and viruses, and could be useful in the proactive treatment of Atopic dermatitis (AD) colonization. AD skin is dry and readily colonized by SA. Adult AD patients in two outpatient dermatology clinics were randomized to apply VCO or VOO twice daily. Twenty-six subjects each received VCO or VOO. Of those on VCO, 20 were positive for SA colonies at baseline versus 12 on VOO. Post intervention, only 1 (5%) VCO subject remained positive versus 6 (50%) of those on VOO. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) was more effective than virgin olive oil (VOO) in preventing and treating atopic dermatitis.
- Coconut oil can help improve insulin use within the body and control blood sugar.
- Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance.
- Coconut oil increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
- Coconut oil is traditionally used to moisturize and treat skin infections.
- It seems that unpurified, especially non-hydrogenated coconut oil should be more favorable.
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Dr. Jeff Zhao (赵吉福), a natural product scientist, has been studying active ingredients, new drugs, cosmetics and nutritional supplements for over 35 years.
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