5 Ways Coconut Oil Can Naturally Boost Your Energy
Tired of feeling tired all the time? There’s a reason coconut oil is so popular – it can naturally boost your energy levels while boosting your health at the same time. While it may sound too good to be true, here is a look at the reasons behind that.
Although people throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim have used coconut and coconut products for thousands of years, coconut oil has only recently become popular in the Western World. But it seems that the minute it caught on among the health conscious, it really took off in popularity across the globe, thanks to its numerous health and wellness benefits, including the ability to boost energy levels.
These days, who isn’t fatigued, or even exhausted much of the time, with so many day-to-day responsibilities. Well, there are some who do manage to make it through each day with plenty of energy and sometimes even extra to spare. Those are the people who are most likely to be consuming coconut oil.
If you need more energy and want to boost it naturally, coconut oil may become your new best friend. This true superfood is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, and it’s truly one of the best things you can do for your body.
This is why it’s so incredibly effective.
Coconut Oil is the No. 1 Natural Source For MCFAs
Coconut oil is not only loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, it also contains healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids, or MCFAs (you might also see them referred to as medium chain triglycerides or MCTs), which are unique fats that include caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid. Other than drinking breast milk, coconut oil is the No. 1 best natural source for fueling the body with MCFAs.
What makes them particularly beneficial, is that they’re digested, metabolized and utilized differently than other types of fat. In fact, they actually promote better health rather than potentially harming it.
Approximately 62% of the oils in coconut are made up of those three healthy fatty acids –and our body uses these MCFAs for energy-producing fuel. It also produces longer, more sustained energy. That’s why many athletes use it as one of their fuel sources during training and for racing in long distance events. You may have even noticed it being used in products like energy bars and powdered sports drinks, with the specific fatty acids such as lauric acid listed out, or often labeled as MCTs.
Coconut Oil is Easy to Digest
Most of the fats people consume take much longer to digest. One of the reasons MCFAs provide the ideal source of energy is that it only takes three steps for them to be processed in the body and turned into fuel, while other fats require 26 different steps. Those other fats require digestive enzymes from the pancreas as well as bile from the gallbladder to be digested.
That simply means that coconut oil’s MCFAs provide almost immediate energy as they’re sent directly to the liver. This also helps the body conserve energy that would normally be used to digest those other types of fats.
Why Coconut Oil is Such a Healthy Fat
It may be hard to fathom, considering the bad rap fat got for so many years, but coconut oil really is a healthy fat. As mentioned, coconut oil is about two-thirds MCFAs, and they offer a ton of health benefits. By contrast, most common vegetable oils are made up of LCFAs, or long-chain fatty acids, also known as LCTs or long-chain triglycerides. Our body processes those fats completely differently than the way it processes MCFAs.
LCTs put more stress on many of the body’s organs, including the liver, pancreas and the entire digestive system. They’re difficult for the body to break down, and are primarily stored as fat. Plus, these fats may be deposited in the arteries in lipid form like cholesterol.
In comparison, MCFAs, as noted previously, are easily digested, sent directly to the liver to be used as energy instead of fat, and they can even help to raise the metabolism to encourage weight loss.
Coconut Oil Boosts the Metabolism
As we just mentioned, coconut oil can actually boost your metabolism because it’s a food that feeds the cells – and those cells covert MCFAs into energy the body can use which raises the metabolism. Incredibly, it actually keeps the metabolism elevated for as long as 24 hours. Of course, that means that you’ll not only experience greater energy, but you’ll burn more calories too.
Coconut Oil Promotes Better Nutrient Absorption
Coconut oil has been found in studies to promote better nutrient absorption, thanks to its high level of MCTAs. All digestion boils down to one thing: absorption. Without that, our body can’t access any of the nutrients we take in. It doesn’t matter how many nutritious foods we eat, if your body isn’t able to absorb the nutrients properly, we don’t get their benefits. (1)
The MCFAs in coconut oil enhance absorption of many different vitamins and minerals throughout the body, including vitamins A, D, E, K, some B vitamins, beta carotene, amino acids and proteins, calcium and magnesium.
Once You Use Coconut Oil For Energy, You’ll Never Want to Go Without
There’s a reason coconut oil has become so popular in recent years – once someone experiences the greater level of energy it brings, they don’t want to go without it. And, odds are, after trying it yourself, you’ll be another one of coconut oil’s fans.
About Schwartz Bioresearch Coconut Oil:
Schwartz Bioresearch Organic Coconut Oil is guaranteed to be pure, natural & organic, extra-virgin, cold pressed and unrefined, meaning it comes from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut without the addition of any chemicals. Our Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is manufactured in a FDA-Registered and GMP Compliant Facility in USA, and is third-party tested to ensure the highest quality and purity.