15 Proven Facts about Coconut Oil (You Won’t Believe #8)

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7.  Improves Your Thyroid

Scientists will tell you that the polyunsaturated oils and soybean oils have a negative effect on the thyroid gland function. This can cause hormone imbalances in the body. Consuming coconut oil has been shown to put an underactive thyroid gland back into the normal functioning level.


8. Helps You Lose Visceral Fat

Who doesn’t want a flatter tummy?! Coconut oil appears to be super effective when it comes to reducing fat in the abdominal area. Visceral fat, the kind that lodges around the organs in the abdominal cavity, is the most dangerous type of fat to have and is an epidemic in America.

One study which involved 40 overweight women asked them add 1 ounce of coconut oil to their daily diets. After the 12 week study period, all women had significant reductions in the waist circumference and BMI.

Another study involved 20 males that were obese. They were also instructed to consume 1 ounce of coconut oil daily for the 4 week study period. All males noted a loss of 1.1 inches in their waist circumference without any other changes in their eating or exercise habits.

Although this might not seem like a huge amount of difference, keep in mind that these people did nothing more than add coconut oil (and therefore calories) to their diets. Imagine what might happen for someone who added some extra exercise and ate a healthy diet?


9.  Actually Kills Pathogens

Lauric acid makes up about 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil. When digested, coconut oil forms a substance called monolaurin. Both monolaurin and lauric acid are known to kill pathogens in the human body such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria. This means that consuming coconut oil regularly can help you to stay healthier and free from yeast infections, viral infections (such as colds or flu viruses), and free from other types of bacteria!  No other type of processed vegetable oil can make these types of claims!

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