Coconut oil's medium-chain fatty acids, as they're smaller in size than long-chain fatty acids that are commonly found in meat and many vegetable oils, can effortlessly penetrate cell (double-walled) membranes without the help of insulin and provide instant energy source to the cells, thereby boosting cellular metabolism.
When your overall body's metabolism increases, the excess fat in your fat reserves will be pulled out for use as energy to power up your body. Which means, coconut oil burns fat and yes of course, it can help to lose weight.
On page 148 of Eat Fat Look Thin: A Safe and Natural Way to Lose Weight Permanently, it says:
"Farmers are always looking for ways to fatten their livestock because bigger animals bring bigger profits. Fats and oils have been used as an additive in animal feed as a means of quickly packing on weight in preparing them for market. Saturated fat would seem like a good choice to fatten up livestock and pig farmers tried to feed coconut products to their animals for this purpose, but when it was added to the animal feed, the pigs lost weight! Farmers found that the high polyunsaturated oil content of corn and soybeans quickly did what the coconut oil couldn't. Animals fed corn and soybeans packed on pounds quickly and easily. One of the reasons these oils work so well is that polyunsaturated oils suppress thyroid function, decreasing the animals' metabolic rate. They can eat less food and gain more weight! Many people are in a similar situation. Every time we eat polyunsaturated oils our thyroid function decreases. Weight gain is one of the consequences."
In fact, not only polyunsaturated oils, even the so-called health-promoting olive oil may cause weight gain too because it carries ... Continue reading "Can Coconut Oil Help Lose Weight?"
Technically speaking, coconut oil is not a laxative. It, however, does help to stimulate bowel movement.
Most laxatives work to help absorb water into the stool causing it to soften up so that it can easily "slide" through the wavy "tunnel" and get out of the "dirty place". However, many constipation sufferers are still not getting their freedom with laxatives because it could be their sluggish bowels that are causing the problem, in addition to not having adequate water intake to create the bulk and soften the stool.
This makes coconut oil a popular solution for relieving constipation because coconut oil can turn a sluggish bowel into a hyperactive bowel. Thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids that are capable of achieving that since these compounds can easily break through the barrier and penetrate cells without much difficulty.
When they enter the cells, they convert to energy and power up the cells to help regain normal intestinal muscle contractions upon stimulation by bulk.
But that's not all. Coconut oil is a 100% fat. Which means, it releases tons of ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil a Laxative?"
Coconut oil does help to make you poop, but not all people taking coconut oil get to poop easily. That's because coconut oil works more effectively on people who have sluggish bowels.
For example, you may have taken good loads of fiber (from fruits and vegetables) and you drink 8 glass of water every day. You exercise regularly as well. However, you still find hard to poop. This is a sign of sluggish bowels.
Coconut oil can make you poop more easily in this case because it can power up your intestinal cells and help gather more water in your stools to stimulate muscle contractions on your bowels.
But if your intestines are inflamed due to ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis, then it may take longer for coconut oil to take its effect on moving bowels. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well. So, what coconut oil does is it will first help to reduce the inflammation in your intestines and if it has excess fatty acids left then these compounds will help to move your bowels.
In such a case, you would need to take ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil Make You Poop?"
Yes, virgin coconut oil is good for weight loss. Many have lost weight eating virgin coconut oil. But do you know why?
That's because it contains 62–64% medium-chain fatty acids, which easily convert to energy to step up your metabolism. This makes virgin coconut oil a popular dietary fat that burns fat. You won't find this type of good fatty acid in any other vegetable oils and animal fats except for coconut oil and its relative, palm kernel oil (~55%).
That explains why when you eat food cooked, fried or mixed with other oils or fats, you can easily heap on excess calories that your body does not need at the moment and so it stocks them up into your fat tissues. Simply put, the fat you eat becomes the fat you wear.
But when you change your dietary oil into virgin coconut oil, you're literally setting your body up to fat-burning mode. Not only the medium-chain fatty acids convert into energy to power up your metabolism, but also helps to pull out the fat you wear and burn them off as heat.
Which is why when farmers feed coconut products to their livestock, these animals become slimmer instead of ballooning in size.
Honestly, eating virgin coconut oil for weight loss is no news anymore since more people are getting to know about the benefits of virgin coconut oil in weight loss.
However, you do have to be careful when you're getting started. You should not eat too much at one shot such as 2 tablespoons especially on ... Continue reading "Is Virgin Coconut Oil Good for Weight Loss?"
Do you know how coconut oil helps to lose weight in the first place? If you don't know that, you won't know how to maximize the fat-burning effect of coconut oil to help you achieve your desired weight in the shortest time possible.
Coconut oil, in general, contains about 62–64% of medium-chain fatty acids. These MCFAs is the weight loss secret of coconut oil. They are relatively smaller in size, so they can enter your cells without insulin, thus powering up your cells to boost their metabolic activities.
When your metabolic rate increases, your body will burn fat more effectively by purging toxins out of your fat cells so that excess body fat can easily be released into bloodstream for energy conversion.
Now you have coconut oil at work to help increase your metabolism and lose weight, what you need to do next is to reduce your food intake at the same time. If you don't do this, the fat that coconut oil helps to burn off will quickly be replaced by the food you take in.
I'm not saying that you should eat lesser than what your body requires in order to achieve weight loss. That's a crash method to losing weight which I never advocate.
Do you know what causes you to grow fatter and fatter? That's because you have always been ... Continue reading "How to Lose Weight with Coconut Oil?"
Constipation is mainly caused by factors like lack of fiber intake, too much fiber intake, insufficient fluid to soften the stool, stress, or sluggish bowels. Of course, some medications can dry up your fluid and cause constipation too.
If you have taken a good amount of fiber-rich food and drink plenty of water and you're just as relax as leaves on a tree but yet you're still constipated, then your constipation is likely caused by a sluggish bowel system.
Coconut oil is particularly good for constipation that is caused by sluggish bowels because its high content of medium-chain fatty acids can energize your bowels and make the muscles move vigorously so as to help push the waste through your intestines easily.
On top of that, when coconut oil breaks down into glycerols (aka glycerin molecules – active ingredient for rectal laxatives) and different chains of fatty acids, these glycerols can help to draw water into your intestines to soften the dry, hard waste so that it gets to slide through your gut effortlessly.
Oh, actually there's one more good thing about coconut oil is that sometimes ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil Good for Constipation?"
Both coconut oil and coconut cream are extracted from the same coconut. Hence, if coconut oil is good for your health, so is coconut cream.
But there's an added advantage of coconut cream over coconut oil because coconut oil contains purely fats whereas coconut cream carries what a coconut has. In other words, eating coconut cream is almost like consuming the whole coconut since the nutrients are transferred from coconut to its cream during extraction.
Let's take a look at why coconut cream is good for your health.
Like coconut oil, coconut cream also contains saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids. Saturated fats help to prevent oxidation, which is why they're so good at ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Cream Good for You?"
Imagine you keep on cooking with the common types of cooking oil such as peanut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil or whatever you have in your kitch (except coconut oil), your health will turn for the worse because these common cooking oils have one thing in common – they're very unsaturated. Even olive oil is not good for cooking, by the way.
Thought that unsaturated fats are good, huh? What a big-time misconception!
Saturated fats are better, but of course, they have to be short- or medium-chain and not those that present in meat which are all long-chain fats because long-chain fats are hard to digest and break down for use as energy and that's why they get stored as body fat easily. Look around your waist for evidence.
Coconut oil provides you with mostly medium-chain saturated fats and because of this, your cooked food does not turn bad easily even when you ... Continue reading "Why is Cooking with Coconut Oil Good for You?"
As it contains a mighty set of antimicrobials and more than 60% of metabolism-boosting medium-chain fatty acids, together with its 90% saturated fats that act as powerful antioxidants, coconut oil is good for treating a wide variety of diseases and maladies that even modern medicines can't hold a candle to.
Here's a list (not exhaustive though) of what coconut oil is good for. If you're suffering from any acute or worse, chronic medical condition that taking medication does not help much and you're badly in need of something natural to truly help you relieve, improve and expedite the healing, you can check against this list and find out how coconut oil can help with your condition.
Coconut oil is good at:
- Killing viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
- Killing bacteria that cause ... Continue reading "What is Coconut Oil Good for?"
Yes, coconut oil is definitely good for you. The reason why still many people doubt coconut oil's massive health benefits is due to their deep-rooted belief that saturated fat can harm our health.
NOT ALL saturated fats are bad for us. You still have to see whether the saturated fat is short-chain, medium-chain or long-chain. The saturated fat that you're told as bad belongs to the long-chain group.
Long-chain saturated fat is difficult to break apart and convert to energy for our use. And it's present in literally all kinds of meat. Just take a look at the humongous size of those who love eating meat. That's the bad effect of long-chain saturated fat.
In fact, not just long-chain saturated fat, long-chain unsaturated fat (in most vegetable oils) may appear even more harmful (except omega-3 in flax oil) since unsaturated fat promotes oxidation and can lead to a series of health-detrimental reactions in our body.
The saturated fats that coconut oil carries are mostly medium-chain. Medium-chain saturated fat reacts very differently from its long-chain counter part.
As its name suggests, medium-chain is relatively shorter in length and hence smaller in size. Because of its smaller size, our body finds it easier to break medium-chain saturated fats down into even smaller granules for quick energy conversion. That is to say, most of the saturated fats in coconut oil essentially convert to energy and this helps to ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil Good for You?"