Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconuts

Highly nutritious and delicious, coconuts are one of few food sources that you can consume in almost all of its forms, such as raw coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut water and dried coconut flakes. Known as the new miracle food, coconuts are a powerhouse of health benefits which help boost the immune system and help treat many diseases.

Let’s explore some of the many amazing health benefits of coconuts.

  1. Weight loss

Coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which researchers have linked with weight loss. Studies indicate that MCTs work to reduce body weight and waist size. They may also balance out unstable gut microbiota and increase insulin sensitivity, which is believed to promote weight loss.

  1. Heart health

Not too long ago, coconuts had a bad reputation for containing a high amount of saturated fats, thought to cause high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease. However, modern science has proven this wrong in that different sources of saturated fats affects the body in different ways. Coconuts contain Medium Chain Triglycerides which are fatty acids of medium length and go straight to the liver from the digestive tract. They are further turned into ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

  1. Boots immune system

Coconuts are an excellent source for boosting your immune system as they contain antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties. They also contain a lipid called lauric acid, which many researchers believe supports the immune system. Consuming coconut in any form is known to treat many diseases such as bronchitis, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworm infections and many other diseases that are caused by microbes.

  1. Helps fight the ageing process

Coconut is rich in cytokinins, trans-zeatin, and kinetin, which have anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, which helps the body in many different ways.

  1. Reduces abdominal fat

Coconut is beneficial in treating fats that develop in the abdominal cavity. Abdominal fats are the most dangerous of all the fats and are associated with various diseases. Just 200 grams of coconut serving a day can lead to substantial reduction in BMI and waist circumference in a few weeks.

  1. Increases energy levels

Coconut helps to boost energy levels by burning fat. It is also known to reduce hunger pangs and people who consistently consume coconut products have a stronger ability to go without eating for several hours with no effects of hypoglycaemia. It also promotes healthy thyroid function and helps to relieve the symptom of chronic fatigue.

  1. Healthy bones and teeth

Eating coconut boosts the body’s ability to absorb manganese and calcium, and both of these minerals are required by the body to help build healthy bones and teeth. This is why coconut also prevents osteoporosis, a condition in which your bones lose their density and become fragile and brittle. This makes coconut milk a fantastic alternative for lactose intolerant individuals who can’t consume dairy milk.

  1. Helps control diabetes

Coconut improves insulin secretion in your body and also boosts the utilisation of blood glucose, which helps to control diabetes. It has a positive impact on the hormones that control blood sugar in the body, which helps to control cravings.

  1. Rich in fibre

Coconut is rich in dietary fibre and provides a whopping 61% of fibre needed by your body on a daily basis. It has a positive impact on other symptoms that are associated with bowel and digestive disorders and is known to help with the absorption of nutrients and minerals in the body.

  1. Improves levels of good blood cholesterol

Coconut is known to improve the levels of good blood cholesterol in the body, which helps improve heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The high levels of saturated fat present in the fruit raises the levels of good cholesterol naturally in the body.

With so many health benefits, coconut is a highly beneficial food for everyone. Amazingly, 400g of coconut can provide all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs on a daily basis. So, what are you waiting for? Order your favourite Coconathi coconut product today and reap the wonderful health benefits of this miracle food!

About Me

Ramona Harms, Founder and CEO of Coconathi (Pty) Ltd. A company born out of love and compassion on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast of South Africa. Our goal is to promote health, to educate and to empower.