News is circulating about the many benefits of coconut oil. This blend of beneficial fatty acids is being touted as the “cure-all” for an array of health woes—from digestive ailments to poor immunity, skin conditions, thyroid disease, heart disease and even high cholesterol.
Chalked full of vitamins (i.e., vitamin E), minerals (i.e., iron), essential lauric and saturated fats, this velvety tropical oil (when consumed in moderation) is becoming a go-to for health nuts and foodies galore.
So lets take a look at the 20 amazing health benefits that will make you go nuts for coconut oil…
1. Increase “Good” Cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol — LDL “bad” cholesterol which forms plaque that blocks the arteries and HDL “good” cholesterol which removes LDL cholesterol. It’s true that coconut oil contains saturated fats, but it contains lots of HDL cholesterol which means it helps remove the bad cholesterol from the body, explains Health.com.
However, WebMD does warn that coconut oil also contains LDL cholesterol and that the American Heart Association still warns people to limit their saturated fat intake to no more than 13-grams a day. So we suggest consuming only about 1-tablespoon of coconut oil a day.