I would never have thought that my coconut cookies had such beneficial effects for so many ailments and were preventative for disastrous diseases! I recently dove into research on the properties of coconut oil and discovered some very interesting results.
Coconut oil ameliorates the cholesterol profile: it reduces total cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids, LDL, and VLDL and increases HDL cholesterol.
Coconut oil is strongly antioxidant due to the presence of lauric acid and phenolic compounds, as was measured in the liver, heart and kidneys. It has antimicrobial effects, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-mycotic (treats infections from Candida): some of the viruses that have been destroyed by a derivative of lauric acid contained in coconut oil include HIV, measles, herpes simplex virus-1, vesicular stomatitis virus, influenza and cytomegalovirus. For its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects it is used in treating acne.
There is also evidence that the coconut oil prevents osteoporosis, stimulates the thyroid functions, is thermogenic, helps reduce body weight and abdominal fat, is hepatoprotective, protects the heart by protecting heart mitochondria (producers of energy on all cells), alleviates arthritis, and has shown to improve Alzheimer’s disease condition and cognitive functions and to attenuate progression of weakness and spinal cord motor neuron loss in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).
It protects the skin and cures conditions like eczema and acne.
It is said to be a good sun protector, having an SFP of about 10. For some skin types it is a better choice that toxic chemicals-burdened sunscreens. (exposure to sun shoudl always be wise, in the least hot hours and habituating the skin little at a time). And it protects hair from damaging.
Most of the properties of coconut oil derive from it being a saturated fat (yes a SATURATED fat, you read well!). Moreover, it contains medium chain fatty acids (and not long chain as in most vegetable oils). Beside their beneficial chemical properties, MCfas are burned for energy and do not accumulate as body fat!