Healthy eating – day 25 – Five Ninja-Like Ways Coconut Oil Boosts Your Health
Five Ninja-Like Ways Coconut Oil Boosts Your Health
Anthony Punshon is a dedicated Fitness & Nutrition Specialist, Author, Public Speaker, and Trainer based in West Sussex, United Kingdom. To date, Anthony’s work has been featured in a multitude of prominent health, fitness, and lifestyle magazines. Additionally, he authored the “Sculpting the Perfect Waistline” series.
Currently, Anthony is the proud Owner and Head Transformation Coach of PW Physique and Fitness, one of the most renowned transformation studios in Sussex. He is also the Creator of Power Burn Xtreme, Power Living Intensive, Metabolic Xcelerator, and MCX: 30/30 weight loss and body transformation programmes.
He is very experienced at what he does and clearly understands healthy eating. Here is Anthony’s guest blog!
Coconut oil’s a bit of a healthy-food celeb right now.
Walk down any street and the paparazzi would be all over it like snakes on Samuel L Jackson’s plane.
With studies now in the thousands attesting to coconut oil’s health benefits and the product itself being widely accessible in supermarkets, there’s a tonne of ways coconut oil can give any healthy eating plan a boost.
It reduces inflammation and arthritis
In a world that’s becoming increasingly more stationary, inflammation and arthritis are rising faster than the head of the BBC’s blood pressure when he got the news that channel 4 stole Bake Off. Virgin coconut oil contains high levels of antioxidants, which work towards decreasing prostaglandin levels (think of these as inflammation mediators). As a result, those who suffer from arthritis can experience reduced bouts of inflammation, leading to less pain. In another study, researchers found that coconut oil also reduces inflammatory blood cells. Double bubble!
It reduces heart disease too
As anybody who’s health savvy knows, coconut oil is high in fat. In fact it’s basically entirely fat. However, it also contains high amounts of lauric acid, which is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) that may reduce cholesterol. There’s also evidence pointing towards the idea that MCTs reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis isn’t just a word you can get your drunk mates to try and say to liven up any pub conversation, it’s a disease that sees plaque build up on the arterial walls. With more room for blood to flow, there’s less stress placed on the heart, and a reduced risk of blood clots.
It can cut Alzheimer’s risk
While many fats go through a 26-step process to break down into a form that’s used as energy, MCTs only require three steps. As a result, they’re instantly available, they move on to the liver, and they eventually turn into ketones, which are known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and limit the damage caused by epilepsy.
It fights a whole host of nasties
As well as lowering cholesterol levels, the lauric acid targets pathogens such as candida (which is a fungus. An actual fungus, not a bogeyman.), and has proven antibacterial properties too. While your body’s immune system goes a long way towards combatting viruses, bacteria, and fungal parasites itself, like Robin to Batman, it can always do with a helping hand. As bacteria thrive in sugary environments, it may be worth backing away from the carbohydrates when you feel ill, and find ways to add coconut oil to your diet instead.
It may reduce the risk of kidney disease
OK, so this one isn’t conclusive right now, but there’s a whole bunch of reasons coconut oil may reduce the risk of kidney disease too. One theory is that this is due to the reduced heart disease risk; when less strain is placed on the heart, less strain is placed on the kidneys, as high blood pressure can damage their filtering system. Another is that those with kidney disease suffer more when their immune system is under attack, as their kidneys have more waste to filter.
As coconut oil has immune system enhancing properties, it’s protecting the kidneys as a secondary benefit. More research is certainly needed here, but it certainly won’t hurt to add coconut oil to your diet to raise the odds in your favour.
The best way to use coconut oil…
As with any dietary bolt-on, coconut oil is best used as part of a balanced eating plan, alongside drinking more water and moving yo’ ass. That’s exercise if you didn’t get that…
Evidence supporting its health benefits is certainly promising. Whether you use it to cook with, add it to your baking, or hold your nose and down a spoonful with your oats in the morning, in my opinion it’s a healthy eating essential you should jump on.
A note from Honey
Thank you Anthony for sharing those cool facts about coconut oil. Now where did I put my bulletproof coffee!