Coconut oil for thyroid metabolism might be the top health benefit of this superfood. That’s why it works for weight loss. And that’s just the beginning.
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If you’ve been brainwashed by The Modern Low Fat Diet Plague, this may shock you:
And coconut oil definitely contains the right fats.
So forget the fear-mongering by mainstream medicine about the evils of dietary fats. That misguided view has a long history perpetuated by bad science, misconceptions, prejudice, and self-interest.
Without good dietary fats, you’d be a corpse.
The key is knowing WHICH fats are good for you and which aren’t.
That’s exactly where coconut oil shines. Let’s see what it can do for you, starting with the thyroid.
Coconut oil is definitely one of the good guys in the dietary fat game.
How good? The title of this book by Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, says it all: Coconut Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Superfood.
Coconut Oil for Thyroid Health
Coconut oil provides so many health benefits that it’s hard to know where to begin looking into it.
The thyroid occurred to me as a good place to start, since thyroid hormones have such a wide range of activities in our bodies.
- Metabolism. Thyroid hormones regulate your basal metabolic rate. They stimulate the absorption of fats and the breakdown of glucose. These activities have a direct influence on appetite.
- Cardiovascular system. Thyroid hormones increase the strength and rate of the heartbeat. They work by enhancing the activity of mitochondria, which boosts the use of oxygen. This effect is to maintain body temperature and increase blood flow.
- Development. Thyroid hormones increase the maturation of the brain during fetal development and the first few years of infants and toddlers. They continue regulating the growth rate of young people for many years thereafter.
- ‘Bonus’ benefits. Thyroid hormones also aid sexual function (specifically, libido and normalized menstrual cycle), sleep, and speed of thought.
This is just the beginning of the beneficial fallout from coconut oil for thyroid health.
Let’s dive into a more complete list to see just how ‘super’ this superfood can be, starting with…
Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
Keep in mind that obesity is an inflammatory condition starting in the brain. Some oils will make it worse, which is what I pointed out in a previous post, here: Vegetable Oils That Cause Inflammation.
This is where the anti-inflammatory properties offer a huge advantage for weigh loss. The main fatty acids provide energy without upsetting the balance of hormones behind good weight management.
Just one of the fatty acids, capric acid, showed a quick loss of weight in lab animals. Capric acid works in part by boosting thyroid function.
Another fatty acid, caprylic acid, hastened fat breakdown so much the effect was to simulate fasting. IN other words, it boosted the efficiency of harvesting energy from storage fats.
In addition, coconut oil is a key ‘health’ fat in a ketogenic diet. As such, it simulates some aspects of a true Paleo diet. (See, for example, my explanation of what that means here: Will the Real Paleo Diet Please Stand Up?)
Each of the following benefits merits a separate article, which I may post soon. Meanwhile, I’m simply going to list the main health benefits from coconut oil represented in the medical research literature and the USDA Nutrient Database.
- Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Urinary/Kidney Tract Infections
- Inflammation of Arthtitis
- Antimicrobial (vs. bacteria, fungi, and viruses)
- Brain Health (esp. memory)
- Low Energy and/or Endurance
- GI Health (esp. ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers)
- Skin Health (esp. psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and burns)
- Gum Disease and Cavities
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Muscle Loss
- Dandruff/’Dry’ Hair
- Yeast (Candida) Infections
- Hormone Imbalance (esp. estrogen)
Gee, if you could invent a food providing that many benefits, wouldn’t you call it a superfood, too?
How Much Coconut Oil?
How much should you take when you’re seeking coconut oil for thyroid health, weight loss, or any of the other benefits listed above?
The simplest ‘dosage’ is just 2 tablespoons a day.
Take it any ol’ way you want. Eat it right out of the jar. Cook with it. (It’s the best oil there is for cooking.) Mix it in your nutrition shakes.
How about one of my favorites – put a tsp. of coconut oil into a cup of coffee or tea.
Two recommendations you want to note:
- The melting point of coconut oil is right around room temperature. This means it will be solid on your kitchen counter in winter and liquid in summer. (You can also replace it with the enhanced version, called MCT Oil, which is always liquid. A bit pricier, though.)
- Use only organic, virgin coconut oil. It’s real easy to find, and it’s pretty inexpensive.
Here’s one product I recommend, since I can get it either online or at my local Costco.
Whatever product you use, just be sure to have a good dose of it every day.
This is amazing stuff!
References – Coconut Oil for Thyroid Health and Weight Loss
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All the best in natural health,
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