All Free Athletes should consider adding coconut oil into their daily dietary routines. If you downloaded and read our nutrition guide, you should already know that we recommend a low-carb high fat diet in order to maximize fat-burning results from doing Freeletics. This LCHF way of eating doesn’t deny the need for carbs, however, it requires you eat a larger portion of healthy fats, like coconut oil, in order to transform your body even faster.
The benefits of eliminating simple carbs from sources like refined sugar and breads, and replacing them with healthy saturated fats like grass-fed butter, almonds, and avocados are revolutionizing what we know about ‘healthy eating’. If you are training and want to lose fat, boost performance, or just live a healthier life, coconut oil is your go-to.
Coconut is one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet. Research done in the past shows that the oil produced by coconuts contains numerous health benefits affecting brain health, stomach health, boosting the immune system, helping with recovery, and more. No wonder so many companies have taken up to manufacturing coconut oil in the form of a dietary supplement and overall miracle food.
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Weight Control Benefits
Coconut oil contains medium chain tri-glycerides, or MCTs. These type of fats must be broken down before the body can body can absorb them and require more energy to break them than the regular type of fats.
Research indicates that with continued intake of coconut oil, the amount of energy that the body spends in breaking fats increases. This is because, once consumed, they are sent to the liver directly where energy is generated to break them down. This increases the body’s metabolism rate which is the best way to jump start weight loss. The MCTs in the oil let your brain know that you are fed and satiated, thus controlling how much you are actually eating.
Importance of Ketones and Fat-Burning
The oil contains ketone bodies that are known to be effective in suppressing cravings. For this reason, coconut oil helps to control the amount of food you eat on a daily basis.
Heart and Cholesterol Health
Not only doe does coconut oil help to suppress heart conditions, it helps enhance the health of your heart. The oil helps in the prevention of atherosclerosis. This is because it has the ability to prevent arteries from getting damaged by increasing their flexibility. Additionally, it helps lower the body’s LDL. This is courtesy of lauric acid that is in abundance in coconut oil.
Coconut oil helps in boosting the body’s immunity. It contains caprylic acid, lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid. This components have antibacterial properties. The body converts this components into compounds that protect the body against bacteria, fungi and viruses. For this reason, coconut oil can be used in the prevention and also the treatment process of infections such as herpes.
Coconut oil is also pretty effective in the treatment of inflammations. The oil has some antioxidant properties that makes it very effective in the relief of inflammations from inflamed cells, especially, around the joints. For this reason, it is very beneficial in the treatment of arthritis.
Another health benefit of coconut oil is that it helps in improving digestion. When used as cooking oil, it helps in the prevention of digestive issues like irritable bowel. This is courtesy of the microbial properties of the oil that help in the elimination of any viruses or bacteria that could potentially cause digestive issues. Additionally, it helps in boosting the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients and vitamins.
Coconut oil is also very beneficial in brain health. Particularly, in Alzheimer patients. It is speculated that the cause of dementia in Alzheimer patients is because of the inability to utilize glucose energy for enhanced brain functioning. Coconut oil therefore plays an important role of providing an alternative source of energy for the brain, that is, through ketones.