Hey there readers! Today’s post is all about coconut oil. The LEGEND itself. We’ve all been obsessing over it and loving it for years now, but there is another reason to put it on the list of most important things you should be using. LIKE WE NEEDED ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE COCONUT OIL. But alas, I have found one. Of course, there are the benefits of coconut oil that we already know, such as promoting heart health, boosting the immune system, regulating blood sugar, aiding in weight loss and giving you KILLER skin and hair, am I right? But, research has found another great use for coconut oil–Aiding in thyroid health.
Coconut oil is very high in saturated fat, as we all know. However, it also contains other special oils, one of these being lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid that aids with neurotransmitters and brain health. This acid, (also found in a mother’s breast milk), is absorbed by the mitochondria in the cells, giving the body immediate energy. (Something all of us with Hashimotos DESPERATELY need!) From here it’s converted to monolaurin, a potent antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal substance. Now, monolaurin is a monoglyceride, which means it’s a disease fighting superhero. It can destroy all kinds of lipid-coated viruses such as measles, influenza, HIV, herpes and a lot of pathogenic bacteria. This is excellent news for those of us with autoimmune diseases that have compromised immune systems as it is!
In addition to lauric acid, coconut oil also contains caprylic acid, also known as octanoic acid. This special acid, (also found in breast milk), is another medium-chain fatty acid that converts to monocaprin. Monocaprin’s job desciption is to be a total powerhouse at fighting viruses and treating bacteria caused by yeast!
Due to this utterly unique combination of fatty acids, coconut oil rises supreme against all others with its tissue repairing magic and inflammation destroying powers.
To add to all that goodness, coconut oil is also a huge help at weight loss! Here’s how: shorter-chain fatty acids act like kindling, burning quickly in the body. Instead of having to be transported through the whole body, these acids travel straight to the liver where it remains accessible to the body to be used as fuel. The medium-chain triglycerides job is to pick up the pace in which fuel is burned by the body. This dynamic due works together to kick that metabolism into shape!
I don’t know about you, but some of my main symptoms with Hashimotos are dry skin and hair, low energy, weight gain and inability to lose, and inflammation of muscles joints, to name just a few things. It’s nice to know some of the things we already include in our day to day life are fighting for us! If you don’t already include coconut oil in your diet, try adding it in in addition to or perhaps instead of one of your usual oils. You might find it works well for you.
*I am not a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor about any health changes or concerns.