Welcome to our homage to coconut oil. If we could set up shrines to coconut oil (and CBD oil of course) in our homes, then we would do it – though our partners may start to ask questions about our sanity. But it wouldn’t matter because we are confident in the benefits of coconut oil, and that is why we love it so much!
The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil and Why You Should Use It
At UrthLeaf, we combine our CBD oil with coconut oil in some of our products. This enhances the health benefits for you. For example, our Hemp Healing Salve is packed with both oils, plus lavender flower oil, vitamin E and beeswax. We believe in the power of working together so we organize our product ingredients in ways which create powerful changes for the mind and body.
You’ve probably heard of coconut oil; it isn’t the new kid on the block! You will be aware that it has caused a storm in the food industry as a healthy oil to replace vegetable oils that are high in saturated fat.
Where coconut oil really shines is skincare. We’re going to list the benefits of coconut oil and the many ways you can use up a jar of the lovely smelling stuff.
1. Contains Healthy Fatty Acids
Although coconut oil is high in saturated fats, these fats have a different effect on the body compared with other oils. The fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage your body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to your body and brain.
Coconut oil contains some medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are short fatty acid chains. When you eat MCTs, they go straight to your liver and your body uses them as a quick source of energy. As your body metabolizes MCTs differently than most other fats, these are responsible for the many health benefits of coconut oil.
People who take MCT oil on a daily basis will notice their energy rejuvenate regularly throughout the day.
2. Encourages Fat Burning
The MCTs in coconut oil can increase the number of calories your body burns compared with longer-chain fatty acids. As well as using MCTs as a quick source of energy, the body also turns them into ketones. Ketones can have powerful benefits for your brain.
Ketones can also lead to hunger suppression. Ghrelin, a compound that makes you feel hungry, is reduced when ketones are raised in the body. Another compound, cholecystokinin, produces the full feeling you have once you’ve had enough to eat. MCT oil can help raise enough ketones to increase cholecystokinin and suppress ghrelin at the same time.
3. May Boost Heart Health
Coconuts, which are loaded with coconut oil, are a dietary staple for millions of people across the world and have been for thousands of years. Studies show these people tend to have good heart health.
In 1981, a study found that the population of Tokelau – an island chain in the south pacific – obtained over 60% of their calories from coconuts. Researchers reported good health and very low rates of heart disease.
4. May Reduce Seizures
As we mentioned before, the body turns MCTs into ketones. People who follow a ketogenic diet do so because it is very low in carbs and high in fats. Researchers have found this diet can treat various disorders.
One therapeutic use of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children. The diet dramatically reduces the rate of seizures in children with epilepsy.
5. Powerful Skincare Protection
This benefit is the main reason UrthLeaf maximizes the power of coconut oil. Many people use it to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Studies show that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of dry skin and reduce the symptoms of eczema.
It can also protect against hair damage. One study has shown that it may work as a weak sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s UV rays.
Visit our store today and take a look at our Hemp Healing Salve. It is packed with anti-inflammatory properties to treat all sorts of aches, pains and skin conditions.
How To Use Coconut Oil
1. Protection From The Sun
As we mentioned above, researchers have found that coconut oil may work as a sunscreen. UV rays increase your risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkling and brown spots. Therefore, daily use of coconut oil on the skin may lend some protection from the sun’s harmful rays. However, it doesn’t provide the same protection as conventional sunscreen, which blocks about 90% of UV rays.
2. Safe Cooking
Coconut oil is one of the best fats for high-heat cooking like frying. Saturated fats retain their structure when heated to high temperatures, unlike the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils.
Oils such as corn and safflower are converted into toxic compounds when heated which may have harmful effects on health. Therefore, coconut oil is a safer alternative.
3. Make a Healthy Mayonnaise
Commercial mayonnaise often contains soybean oil plus added sugar. By taking your health into your own hands, you can make your own healthier mayonnaise with coconut oil or olive oil.
4. An Excellent Moisturizer
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for your legs, arms and elbows. It is also superb at repairing cracked heels. Apply a thin coat of coconut oil to your heels at bedtime then put on socks. Continue this ritual on a nightly basis until your heels are smooth.
5. Make Delicious Dark Chocolate
It is very easy to make homemade dark chocolate with coconut oil. What better way to obtain all the amazing benefits of coconut oil! To keep things even healthier, looking for sugar-free recipes, there are plenty circulating online.
6. Use It For Haircare
Coconut oil can keep your hair healthy. Coconut oil appears to significantly reduce protein loss from hair when applied before or after shampooing. Researchers conclude that the unique structure of lauric acid – the main fatty acid in coconut oil – can penetrate the hair shaft in a way most other fats can’t.
So, grab a jar and keep it in your bathroom cabinet!