Heart Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition, Q&As
Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Are there Heart-Health Benefits of Coconut Oil?

Absolutely. Coconut oil is good for the heart and the entire body. One of the greatest health benefits of coconut oil is that because it is a saturated fat, it doesn't oxidize. Saturated fats used to be thought of as bad for the heart, but the truth is that saturated fats are perfectly okay because they are very resistant to oxidation. Even though omega-3 essential fatty acids are good for heart health, if they become oxidized they can be as toxic as even the most ugly fats of all—trans fats. Omega-6 oils such as corn, canola and vegetable oils are very prone to oxidation and can be very toxic to the body if over consumed.

Coconut oil also contains monolaurin, which supports the immune system. So, consider the health benefits of coconut oil to boost heart health and immune health.

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