Increasing good cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol. HDL appears to help reduce levels of LDL, and high levels of HDL may help boost cardiovascular health. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a component in coconut oil, also help boost levels of good cholesterol.
Controlling blood sugar
Having a blood sugar level that’s too high can make you feel lousy and having it often can be unhealthy.
Blood glucose is the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a sugar that comes from the foods we eat, and it’s also formed and stored inside the body. It’s the main source of energy for the cells of our body, and it’s carried to each cell through the bloodstream.
High blood sugar levels happen when the body either can’t make insulin causing type 1 diabetes or can’t respond to insulin properly type 2 diabetes. The body needs insulin so glucose in the blood can enter the cells of the body where it can be used for energy.
Having too much sugar in the blood for long periods of time can cause serious health problems if it’s not treated. Hyperglycemia can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems. The MCTs in coconut oil help preserve insulin sensitivity and reduced weight gain.
Virgin coconut oil has antioxidant properties. It reduces stress resulting from exercise and chronic cold. Researchers believe that virgin coconut oil could be useful in treating some kinds of depression. Lowered stress also means less cortisol.
Some people apply coconut oil to their hair to increase shine and protect it from damage. It may penetrate the scalp better than mineral oils.
Applying a coconut extract to human skin may enhance its protective barrier functions and have an anti-inflammatory effect and boosts skin.
Coconut oil also fights actively against Candida albicans (C. albicans), suggesting it could be a treatment for candida. This may be due to the extract’s barrier function and anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut oil leaves people feeling fuller after eating, which means they will not eat so much, resulting in reduced weight.