Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is rich in MCTs, a type of saturated fat. MCTs, including those in coconut oil, are being studied for potential health benefits due to their unique properties.

May encourage fat burning

May work as a quick source of energy

Coconut oil's MCTs provide quick energy. Unlike LCTs, MCTs go straight to the liver, acting as a rapid energy source similar to carbs. Common in sports nutrition for fast absorption.This helps to build strength quickly and is easily maintained by simply continuing with the HIIT regime.

Coconut oil's MCTs, including lauric acid, possess antimicrobial properties. Research indicates potential effectiveness against disease-causing microorganisms.

May have antimicrobial effects

MCTs in coconut oil may reduce food intake. Ketones produced during their breakdown can suppress appetite, affecting brain chemicals and hunger hormones. Linked to ketogenic diets.

May help reduce hunger

Ketogenic diets have been used to treat epilepsy, reducing seizure frequency. Ketones provide an alternative energy source for the brain when glucose is limited. More research needed for broader use.

May help reduce seizures

Coconut oil enhances skin health and appearance. It moisturizes dry skin, improves skin function, and protects against external factors. Effective for preventing dryness from hand sanitizers and reducing symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

May boost skin health

Coconut oil safeguards hair from damage. It strengthens and nourishes hair strands, increasing flexibility and reducing breakage.

May protect your hair

Coconut oil as mouthwash (oil pulling) improves oral hygiene. Reduces harmful bacteria, prevents cavities, plaque buildup, and gum inflammation. Limited evidence, more research needed.

May improve oral health

Ketones from coconut oil may benefit Alzheimer's disease. They provide an alternative energy source for the brain. Further human studies required.

May help reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Coconut oil contains antioxidants (tocopherols, tocotrienols, phytosterols, flavonoids, polyphenols) that combat free radicals, preventing chronic diseases (32Trusted Source).

A good antioxidant source

Coconut oil's impact on cholesterol levels is debated. It may raise LDL (bad) cholesterol but less than butter. Effects on HDL (good) cholesterol and heart disease risk require further study (1Trusted Source, 37Trusted Source, 38Trusted Source).

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