Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

I am a huge fan of coconut and using coconut oil.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there about coconut oil and its affects on the body.  Coconut is high in saturated fats however, these are the medium chain fats.  Medium chain fats are easier to digest and are converted into energy instead of fat.  This oil actually helps increase the bodies metabolism.
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid.  Lauric acid has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties making coconut oil a great support for your immune system.  It has been used for ages to aid in health problems such as asthma, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dandruff, earache, fever, flu, nausea, rash, sore throat, swelling, upset stomach, ulcers, yeast.  Coconut oil has been described as one of the healthiest oils in the world.

If you want to learn even more, one of my favourite doctors, Dr. Mercola, has a great little video clip about the benefits of this oil.

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