The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Since many consider coconuts as just an ice cream topping or ingredient in candy bars, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of health benefits of coconut oil.

 

Good Saturated Fats

Although you may have heard about the high source of saturated fats in coconut oil, what you don’t hear is that these saturated fats are actually good for you.

Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids instead of the long-chain fatty acids in cheeses or Oreos. Your body metabolizes these medium-chain fatty acids differently. For example:

 

Lauric Acids and Preventing Infections

Coconut oil holds lauric acids which can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Thus, coconut oil can potentially prevent infections.

 

Beauty

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your body. Here are just a few ways it can be used for beauty:

 

There are several other benefits of coconut oil outlined here on Wellness Mama.

 

Share the ways you use coconut oil!

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