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Benefits of Coconut Oil

Bone and Dental Health

Coconut oil improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body, which in turn is greatly beneficial to dental and bone health. The improved calcium absorption created by coconut oil use ceases tooth decay and aids in the development of strong teeth. The combined increased calcium and magnesium absorption are of great benefit to middle-aged women who may become afflicted with osteoporosis.

Weight Loss

The connection between coconut oil and weight loss is interesting. Farmers in America discovered this early last century when they tried to fatten their cattle by feeding them coconut oil. Instead of gaining weight, their cattle lost weight! So again, this is not news. Do a simple Internet search such as “benefits of coconut oil” and you will get plenty of details.

Diabetes

This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of the disease. Islanders have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were believably harmful.

Good Saturated Fat

Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats. But whether or not saturated fats are harmful depends on who you ask. The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is never questioned. Those who do question this belief, however, point out that mankind has been consuming mainly saturated fats in the form of butter, lard, coconut oil, etc, for thousands of years, yet heart disease was rare before the 1920s. If anything, the rise of heart disease in recent decades may correspond to the increasing use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn and canola, as well as margarine.

Conclusion

Coconut oil has done wonders for the way I feel and has also helped lower my blood sugar. I won’t speak for everyone and I suggest you consult you doctor before you try any of these oils.