The Healing Effects Of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has gained a great reputation lately, due to its numerous healing effects. I want to outline some main beneficial effects of using coconut oil. Coconut oil contains a rich amount of a saturated type of fat called medium chain triglycerides, MCT. In contrast, long chain triglycerides may, if overconsumed, have a detrimental effect to ones health. Coconut oil, even though it is rich in saturated fat, the mail composition is MCT, which has a healing effect to both body and mind.  The difference is that MCT’s are metabolized differently, and are more readily being converted into energy or ketone bodies (used as a energy source when glucose is not readily available). Coconut oil is the richest source of MCT of all foods. The healing effects of coconut oil include:

  • Dementia: The MCT’s are converted to ketone bodies in the liver. Ketone bodies are also being produced upon a low glycemic diet. Studies have shown great benefit for the nervous system upon loading with ketone bodies. Therefore, ingesting coconut oil is a great way of making sure that you get a decent amount of ketone bodies.
  • Epilepsy: The same reason as for dementia, ketone bodies being produced from MCT have shown a significant improvement in people suffering from epilepsy. This is the most scientifically proven advantage of MCT.
  • Dental: Either by oil pulling (where you swoosh around the oil in your mouth for about 5 minutes) or finishing ones dental care with a rinse with coconut oil, this has shown great effects in restoring gum health and reversing dental caries.
  • Gut flora: The MCT in coconut oil has a healing effect on the gut flora, particularly alleviating fungal overgrowth in the flora.
  • Muscle therapy: The MCT from coconut oil will be more readily absorbed as a energy source in the muscle cells. This means this is a great pre-/post-workout nutrient, to restore and energize the musculature.
  • Skin therapy: Skin greatly benefits from being supplemented with coconut oil. It is m experience that dry skin, rashes and wounds more easily heal by applying coconut oil.
  • Hair therapy. While Castor oil often is better for the hair, coconut oil is great for rejuvenating certain hair conditions.
  • Slow caffeine absorption: I often recommend having coconut oil in the coffee, as this slows down the absorption of coffee, causing a slower surge in caffeine into the body.

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Henrik Mathiesen is a qualified medical doctor, and has worked as a physician for more than 11 years now. He is passionate about everything related to health and wellbeing, including how to live life to the fullest by learning about lifestyle, food and drink, exercise, and how to utilize supplements and herbal remedies in various therapies. He has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and has been honored as a Master in Qi Gong, and ancient form of energy training. Henrik has created this page to promote behaviors that empower people to make the right health-choices, in order to prevent diseases from occurring.

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