Yes, virgin coconut oil is good for weight loss. Many have lost weight eating virgin coconut oil. Do you know why?
That's because it contains 60–64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), 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% MCFAs).
That explains why when you eat food cooked, fried or mixed with other oils or fats, you 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 can help lose weight is no news anymore since many overweight people have benefited from it. (Weight loss is one of the greatest health benefits of eating virgin coconut oil.)
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?"
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 will draw and retain water to help 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?"
RBD coconut oil is not as good for health as virgin coconut oil because it may carry relatively lesser lauric acid and other medium-chain fatty acids that can help to keep you strong and healthy.
But if you compare it with other vegetable oils such as safflower oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, peanut oil or even olive oil, RBD coconut oil has much more health benefits because it comprises mostly saturated fats and medium-chain fatty acids. It is a coconut oil after all. From this perspective, yes, RBD coconut oil is good for you.
So, what is RBD coconut oil actually?
The term "RBD" stands for refined, bleached and deodorized. Which means the coconut oil is a refined coconut oil that has gone through the process of bleaching and deodorization so that it'll look lighter in color (or even crystal clear as in the case of fractionated coconut oil) and taste odorless.
But why does it have to be bleached and deodorized?
It needs to be bleached because ... Continue reading "Is RBD Coconut Oil Good for You?"
You probably have mixed feelings about using coconut oil for acne, especially when you have heard some people saying that coconut oil is good for treating acne while others are complaining about coconut oil causing a severe breakout on their face.
So, does coconut oil cause or help acne?
From my standpoint, yes, coconut oil does help acne. If it causes acne, I would be plagued with pimples and whiteheads all over my body including my face since I'm using it every day for skin care besides consuming it for health benefits.
Also, the so-called breakout caused by using coconut oil is actually temporary as long as you stop pouring more toxins into your body during your acne treatment with coconut oil.
Here's a very good evidence I pulled from a forum:
"The same thing happened to me with coconut oil. Started out with immediate improvement and then got terrible acne for about 4 weeks. I stuck with it and my skin is getting better every single day. I think I just had so much crap underneath my skin that it took a long time to purge it out. Now my pores are smaller than they've ever been and for the past 2 weeks I haven't had any new pimples and the ones I had are going away quickly." ~ Maja
But what Maja has not revealed is that she probably has also ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil Help Acne?"