Coconut oil is an incredibly multifaceted substance ranked among the superfoods of the world. It is rammed full of healthy fatty acids, is highly antibacterial and may even have a part to play in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil exists on the fine line between a food and a medicine, having been utilised in cases of diabetes, heart disease and chronic fatigue. Research has also suggested that virgin coconut oil helps to improve eczema.
Coconut oil serves as a brilliant oil for the skin, it is highly moisturising, free of side effects and is great to tackling dry and flaky skin. It also assists in cases of psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin infections.
Coconut oil is by far one of the densest sources of saturated fatty acids available. It contains large amounts of so called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are metabolised differently than other sources of fats. MCTs are directed directly to the liver, where they are turned into a source of energy known as ketones. This substances have been shown to have a positive effect of both Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.
Many of the fatty acid content of coconut oil is made up of lauric acid. When digested, this substance has been shown to defend against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Both Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans are on lauric acid’s hit list.
The healthy fat content of coconut oil may raise the healthy HDL cholesterol within the body, all the while converting the negative LDL into a less damaging form.