This week I tweeted that my dog and I share a spoonful of coconut oil everyday (I go first). It’s our special little thing that we look forward to (though, I don’t flip in circles quite like Charlie does). Naturally, the next question was “Why” do we eat this said here Organic Coconut Oil by the spoonful?
Because we like it. Really, that’s what it boils down to. Charlie had flees last summer so a friend recommended Coconut Oil to help calm the inflammation and strengthen his fur. While we didn’t notice a huge difference with coconut oil, spritzing Olive Oil on his food has made him silky soft. But I digress. Back to Coconut Oil. Yes, yes, I’d heard amazing things about this oil from having antibacterial properties to boosting metabolism. I noticed that it had a soothing effect on my throat when it was soar, I noticed that I didn’t blimp up from eating the extra fat, I noticed that it actually calmed down a blemish when I applied it topically, and again, I noticed that I liked it. Yum. But this is a rather unintellectual response, so why don’t I site what the good Dr. Oz has to say about Coconut Oil?
What are the health benefits of coconut oil?
Studies have show that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Can coconut oil reduce cholesterol?
Coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid, a type of MCT. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need. Coconut can help restore normal thyroid function. When the thyroid does not function optimally, it can contribute to higher levels of bad cholesterol.
How does coconut help keep weight balanced?
Coconut fats have special fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It has been shown that breaking down these types of healthy fats in the liver leads to efficient burning of energy. One 2009 study found that women who consumed 30 milliliters (about 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is difficult to lose, and contributes to more heart problems.
Thanks Dr. Oz for the helpful information! I shall continue to enjoy my little treat with Charlie!