5 Ways Coconut Oil Will Improve Your Health and Maximize Performance

You’ve seen countless headlines and news flashes talking about how coconut oil is a miracle food. Maybe you’ve ignored it as the latest health fad, but before you discount it completely, it’s important to know the facts.

Countless studies show how coconut oil can improve men’s health, and while it’s not a “miracle,” it is a healthy pantry staple that provides five key health benefits.

A Healthy Heart

Did you know that back in the 1930’s the South Pacific islanders that had diets high in coconut had excellent cardiovascular health? In fact, heart disease was almost non-existent. It was not until processed food and unhealthy fats that heart disease symptoms developed. This is one of the reasons why coconut oil can truly benefit your heart health. Heart attacks are twice as likely to occur in males, and that is why it’s so important for men to do simple things like incorporate coconut oil into their diet.

Optimal Health

We know that coconut oil can improve cholesterol levels, but it can also improve overall health leading to optimal performance. Most people get scared when they hear the word “fat”. Fat used to seem unhealthy and bad before people realized that there is a difference between saturated and unsaturated fats. Nearly 50% of fat in coconut is rarely found in nature. It is called lauric acid which allows your body to convert into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.

Dental Health

The old ayurvedic practice of daily “oil pulling” will not only leave your teeth white and shining bright, but it will give your gums that pink color that will look and feel healthy. Coconut oil will also kill any harmful bacteria that you may have in your mouth that is leading to a disease. You can use coconut oil by taking a spoonful and swirling it around in your mouth for 2-20 minutes. Spit it out at the end followed by brushing your teeth. It’s easy to get into a routine for doing this. Simply use coconut oil each time you are getting ready for bed or something else that you routinely do. It will make it that much easier to remember and it will result in healthier gums. Bet everyone will love your new smile!

Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight I have good news for you. Coconut oil will assist in this process. Although there are quite a few calories in coconut oil, they are helpful and healthy calories for many reasons. Most calories contain predominantly long-chain fatty acids. However, coconut oil consists of medium chain fatty acids. These medium chain fatty acids metabolize differently than the longer chain fats and are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract.

Helps to Add Muscle

Coconut oil is good for the upper body’s energy expenditure and burning calories. This also means that it is great for building muscle. MCT, a part of the coconut is used in many supplements to help people increase their muscle mass. By adding coconut oil, you’ll benefit from their natural and most effective form. To achieve this, add three tablespoons if you have a muscle building shake daily.  

Coconut oil has many benefits. These are only five significant advantages of adding coconut oil to your daily routine. Whether you are adding it to your food, swishing it around in your mouth, or any of the other ways it can be incorporated, coconut oil will help you to be a healthier all around you.

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