Need an immunity boost this winter? Coconut oil, adding to its plethora of healthy benefits, can help bolster your immunity by simply adding a little daily, into a balanced and healthy diet.
Lauric Acid and Caprylic Acid
These are two of the very special, natural components of coconut oil, that make it so unique among oils. Coconut oil boasts 50% lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin, a powerful antiviral known to boost immunity, fight off candida, bacterial infection, many pathogens and viruses including HIV, colds and flu viruses. There is extensive research on the antiviral properties of coconut oil - The Coconut Research Centre is a great place to read published studies.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
Unlike most other saturated fats, coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglyceride fatty acids, meaning that the fat from coconut oil is used for metabolism, rather than being stored on the body. This has been linked to weight loss, improved digestion, lowered risk of heart disease, and other health benefits.
Boosting Your Immunity Naturally
There are many ways to use coconut oil boost immunity. Add a teaspoon to your diet each day - up that to 2-3 teaspoons if you are unwell, for an extra boost. You can add it to your morning coffee, aka a bulletproof coffee - this is creamy and delicious. Pop it into smoothies, or spread it as a butter alternative. There are so many possibilities. Our largest organ is our skin, and applying it topically will not only provide the many moisturising benefits coconut oil is famed for, but it will be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Plus, you’ll smell divine!
Eating a well balanced diet, free of processed foods, and refined sugars and grains, while rich in plant-based foods, is the foundation for good health and natural immunity.