Coconut (scientific name Cocos Nucifera) is a Tree of Life that has been used for its extensive benefits since ancient times. It contains wide range of nutrients such as lauric acid, omega-3, and vitamin E. Studies have shown such nutrients to have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals in our body. These free radicals can cause oxidative stress which can lead to degenerative diseases and aging.
Most fats in our everyday diet are called long-chain triglycerides, but the fats in coconut oil are known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are metabolised differently than most other fats; they are high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects than most other fats in our diet. These fats can boost fat burn, rapidly providing your body and brain with energy.
They also raise the good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk. When you consume these types of fat they go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy and turned into ketones. Ketones can have powerful benefits for the brain and are being studied as a treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other conditions. Coconut oil is one of only a few natural substances that contains lauric acid, and second only to breast milk.