London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/07/2014 -- Coconut Oil benefits more than just skin and hair. Historically, coconut oil used more for its cosmetic applications “was demonized for decades due to its considerable saturated fat content” reported Michael Ravensthorpe in the Natural News article Coconut oil can help reduce belly fat (Ravensthorpe, M. 2014).
Ravensthorpe’s results, based on the randomized, double-blind, clinical trial of forty (40) women aged 20-40 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the National Institutes of Health study the Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. The study indicated, “dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia (abnormal amounts of blood lipids) and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity” (Assunção et al. 2009).
The Natural News article Health advantages of using virgin coconut oil and the American Society for Nutrition report Giving saturated fat another chance, documented the additional health benefits of coconut oil beyond its cosmetic considerations, including relief from stress, HIV, cancer, digestive, heart disease, and kidney problems; improved cholesterol levels, immunity, dental quality, bone strength, and weight loss.
Christina Sarich’s 2013 publication, Brazilian Study Finds that Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Belly Fat, suggested that although “coconut oil is full of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), this type of fat is more likely to be burned as energy than turned into extra blubber; and coconut oil’s two important fatty acids, lauric acid and caprylic acid, contain anti-viral and anti-microbial properties which helps to boost immunity” (Sarich, C. 2013).
Author Dean Griffiths, Executive Wellbeing Consultant and Life & Business Mentor, in the 2014 WatchFit article, Oil pulling and its surprising health benefits, discussed the preventative and curative aspects of oil pulling, a remedy for many different health ailments, and focused on the recent popularity of coconut oil. Oil pulling is a simple, “detoxifying technique that pulls toxins from one’s system” by gargling with oil (Griffiths, D. 2014).
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ich, C. (2013). Brazilian Study Finds that Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Belly Fat. Natural Society. Retrieved from: http://naturalsociety.com/coconut-oil-help-lose-belly-fat/
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