We have just read a great update about coconut oil that supports the advice we have been sharing with our patients for some time.
There has always been much debate on the benefits of coconut oil. It has previously been thought of as a “bad fat”, as it contains saturated fatty acids. More recent studies have shown that natural sources of saturated fats are actually not only not “bad”, but are beneficial, particularly for the brain.
Worldhealth.net has just published the findings of a new study that evaluated the health effects of extra virgin coconut oil. Primarily, on how coconut oil affects HDL cholesterol and a range of other measurements, such as body weight, size, and circumference.
The 136 participants were all hypertensive and for the initial 3 months of the study followed a standardized diet. From then, the group was split into two – the two groups followed the diet with one group given an additional 13 ml of extra virgin coconut oil daily (equivalent to approximately one tablespoon).
The results at the end of the three months showed that the group of participants taking coconut oil saw a decrease in all six of the bodily parameters measured.
This is but one benefit of including coconut oil in your daily routine. In addition, it can be used to promote weight loss, improve cardiovascular health, relieve sinuses and throat conditions as well as helping gums and teeth. It is also beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis.
Check out Tom’s tip on the best time to mouthwash with coconut oil.
“Not only is it good for your oral health but the action of oil pulling prevents you from mouth breathing. Conscious nasal breathing induces a calm on the body, lowering blood pressure, boosting digestion and optimizing body oxygenation. All this from a spoonful of coconut oil!” — Dr David Cowhig.
The original report was posted on worldhealth.net on November 18, 2015.