Coconut Oil has been used in Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicinal system, a system of Hindu tradional medicine and a form of alternative medicine. The Coconut Research Center has compiled a list of potential benefits of coconut oil in both traditional and modern medicine. Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries, which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but in the 1970s a strong progaganda campaign was spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda.
Pure coconut oil contains about 50 percent lauric acid, and is the most abundant natural source of lauric acid available.
In very generic terms, when lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into a compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties (killing viruses, bacteria and fungus).
The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is beneficial for hair, skin, and the immune system. Coconut oil helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems. Due to its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections. The antibacterial properties of coconut oil are beneficial in eliminating gingivitis, oil pulling. At Dental Hygiene Fitness, Cheryl can help you keep your gums healthy call for appointment today. PubMed.gov has a research paper on oil pulling.
Coconut Oil, Beneficial for the Heart
The lauric acid helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and helping in preventing atherosclerosis. There is so much research available online or in many different medical research papers, do some ‘googling’ yourself and see what you can find.