Numerous studies (over 1,000, in fact) have shown that topical uses of coconut oil can fight diseases, such as diabetes and cancer. Furthermore, this fruit oil provides additional benefits (physical and mental) that make it a staple in many health routines. To reap the multitude of benefits coconut oil offers, all you have to do is take one tablespoon a day. It’s recommended to take 2-4 tablespoons daily, but it’s a good idea to start with just one. This may sound bizarre, but wait until you hear what it can do for you – you’ll be amazed, we promise.
Before we get into the benefits, you should know that raw, unrefined virgin coconut oil is the healthiest option. It isn’t processed with chemicals and contains its antioxidants. Also, if the thought of spooning coconut oil is too revolting, you can also spoon coconut butter.
Regulates your Appetite & Improves Weight Loss
This oil improves liver function, allowing it to absorb all the nutrients in the food that you eat. This helps you stay fuller, longer. As a result, it reduces your cravings so you won’t feel the need to snack as often or consume large meals.
Studies have shown that taking coconut oil orally can improve memory and aid in a healthier brain. This only works if you use coconut oil regularly. Its ability to improve one’s memory is due to MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) which makes up 60% of the fatty acid in this natural fruit oil. MCTs contain Medium Chain Fatty Acids, which release ketones when burnt. Ketones are a backup source of energy for our brain when glucose doesn’t fuel brain cells.
Boosts your Metabolism
Coconut oil is extremely high in saturated fats, and our body metabolizes these fats pretty well – they get digested easily. This, in turn, boosts your metabolism to provide you with more energy.
Who needs gum when you can have coconut oil for a more permanent solution to bad breath? This oil has anti-microbial properties to freshen your breath and kills the bacteria that causes bad breath. You can treat bad breath by taking a tablespoon of oil and swishing it in your mouth for no more than 30 seconds. Afterwards, spit it out.
Improves your Hormones
A spoonful of coconut oil can improve your hormone production, which may lead to reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep, and more energy. As your hormone production improves, you’ll begin to feel better overall.
Kills Yeast, Improves Immune System
You can prevent yeast infections all together with a spoonful or two of coconut oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, and our body turns that into monolaurin which kills many viruses including candida, which often causes yeast infections. Lauric acid is also an anti-microbial that fights bacteria, fungus and parasites while intercepting viruses. This keeps our immune system healthy and happy.
Now that you know some of the benefits of coconut oil, will you start taking a tablespoon a day?