Unveiling the Wonders of Coconut Oil Benefits: The Top 7

coconut oil benefitsThis health news is provided by Nutrition Breakthroughs, maker of the effective natural sleep aid Sleep Minerals II

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In the world of nutrition and wellness, few natural products have gained as much attention as coconut oil.

The remarkable versatility and proven coconut oil benefits have made it a must-have staple in the kitchen and beauty routines of many.

From cooking to skincare, coconut oil’s many applications make it a star among natural remedies. Here the top seven proven health benefits of coconut oil and how it can be integrated into your daily life for greater health and well-being.

Heart Health: Coconut oil is packed with saturated fats, but not all fats are created equal. Research has shown that the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a special type of fat in coconut oil, can help improve heart health. A study published in the journal Nutraceuticals suggests that the MCTs in coconut oil may enhance cardiovascular function by reducing bad cholesterol levels and promoting healthy cholesterol ratios.

Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight is a key factor in overall well-being. Incorporating coconut oil into your diet can help. The MCTs in coconut oil are known to increase feelings of fullness, potentially leading to reduced calorie intake. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that MCTs can aid in weight management by increasing calorie expenditure and fat oxidation (tat oxidation is when the body breaks down fats, by the addition of oxygen).

Skin Care: The benefits of coconut oil extend beyond the kitchen. It’s a fantastic natural moisturizer and can help soothe and nourish the skin. A study in the International Journal of Dermatology revealed that coconut oil is effective in reducing skin dryness and improving skin barrier function, making it a popular choice for people with dry or sensitive skin.

Hair Health: Coconut oil is a tried-and-true remedy for lustrous locks. A study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut oil can reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair, helping to keep your hair strong, shiny, and frizz-free.

Oral Health: Oil pulling with coconut oil has gained popularity for its potential oral health benefits. Research published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine indicates that oil pulling with coconut oil can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, leading to improved oral hygiene and fresher breath. Good oral hygiene is a state where the mouth is kept free of disease by using methods to keep it clean.

Antioxidant Properties: Antioxidants are substances or vitamins that remove excess oxygen in the body and make it healthier.  Coconut oil contains antioxidants that can help protect your body from oxidative stress.   A study published in the journal Food and Function found that these antioxidants can help combat substances that are associated with various chronic diseases.

Brain Health: The MCTs in coconut oil are believed to provide a quick and efficient energy source for the brain. While more research is needed in this area, preliminary studies, like one published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, have shown potential benefits of coconut oil for individuals with cognitive impairments.

Incorporating coconut oil into your daily life can be a simple yet effective way to promote overall health and well-being. Whether you use it in your cooking, skincare routine, or oral hygiene practices, coconut oil’s versatility and proven benefits make it a worthy addition to your wellness toolkit.

Healthy Fats for Good Skin, Hair and Nutrition

healthy fatsEating healthy fats helps us create glowing skin and hair, as well as good nutrition for the organs and hormones.

All hormones are formed with healthy fats, so eating more of these foods can nourish our health in many ways.

Healthy fats can play a vital role in helping us sleep better and achieve greater health as these provide the basic building blocks for cholesterol production — a surprisingly healthy substance in our bodies.  The best fats to eat are nutrient rich foods like eggs, natural butter, salmon, sardines, fish oils, avocados, nuts, seeds and coconut oil.

For example, a healthy heart and long life are associated with eating walnuts.  They have been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and also extend life spans in general. Walnuts contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers protective benefits for the heart.

Walnuts can also be a good sleep inducing food.  Eating a handful of walnuts before bedtime may be a good way to calm down sleeplessness and insomnia. Russel Reiter, Ph.D., a professor of cellular biology at the University of Texas says, “Relatively few foods have been examined for their melatonin content. Our studies demonstrate that walnuts contain melatonin and that it is absorbed when it is eaten.”

Avocados are a healthy, creamy, tasty food, whether they sit on top of a sandwich, an omelet or a salad, or become transformed into guacamole. The healthy fats in avocados help balance hormones and this food features over twenty vitamins and minerals.

In summary, eating healthy fats can enhance one’s health in many ways. This information is brought to you by Nutrition Breakthroughs, maker of the effective natural insomnia remedy Sleep Minerals II.

Essential Fatty Acids: Healthy Joints, Eyes, Heart

essential fatty acidsEssential fatty acids are natural, healthy fats the body cannot make on its own:  hence the term “essential”.

These are called Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats. Omega 3 fats are things like fish, fish oil, olive oil, avocado, seeds and green vegetables.  Recent research studies are finding these fats benefit the eyes, joints, heart, lungs, immunity and more.

Omega 6 fats include vegetable oils like safflower oil and corn oil, as well as mayonnaise, fried foods, dairy and beef.  Many people eat more Omega 6 fats than Omega 3’s and when the balance between the fats becomes imbalanced, health problems can occur – particularly high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

One study of people with dry eyes was recently published in the journal “Cornea”.  They were given a daily dose of fish oil and flax oil.  At the end of the 90-day study, 70% of the participants with dry eye had no symptoms and also had an increase in tear production and volume.

In the journal “Proceedings of the Nutrition Society,” researchers analyzed several controlled trials of fish oil use for arthritis.  The trials showed a reduction in tender joint counts and a decreased use of anti-inflammatory drugs with fish oil supplementation.  An important research note was that anti-inflammatory drugs can adversely affect the heart.  Fish oil is known to have a direct, positive effect on the heart.

This natural health news is provided to you by Nutrition Breakthroughs, a provider of nutrition articles and effective natural remedies since 2001. Nutrition Breakthroughs makes the original calcium and magnesium based sleep aid Sleep Minerals II, as well as Joints and More, the natural solution for joint relief, aches and pains, stronger hair and nails and more energy.

How to Sleep Better: Studies on Eating Healthy Fats

healthy fatsThe link between what we eat and how we sleep is closely related, especially when it comes to consuming healthy fats.

In an article from the journal “Endocrinology – An Integrated Approach” (endocrinology deals with the glands and hormones), the author writes that all hormones are made from cholesterol.

This includes estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, adrenal gland hormones, vitamin D, and the sleep hormone melatonin.

Eating healthy fats with our meals can play a vital role in helping us sleep better and achieve greater health, as these provide the basic building blocks for cholesterol production and hormones.  The best fats to eat are nutrient rich foods like eggs, natural butter, olive oil, salmon, sardines, shrimp, cod liver oil, avocados and coconut oil. The less healthy fats are vegetable oils such as safflower oil, sunflower oil, canola oil and hydrogenated oils like those in margarine..

Milk is well-known for its positive effects on sleep, and dairy foods contain cholesterol, however some people are not able to digest dairy well and are better able to assimilate fermented dairy foods like yogurt and kefir.  Milk also has the benefit of containing calcium, which has been found in studies to soothe insomnia.

In one study from the European Journal of Clinical Neurology, researchers tested the use of milk that was fermented with yogurt cultures for its effect on sleep quality.  They discovered that there was a significant improvement in the time needed to fall asleep, as well as a reduced number of night time awakenings for the participants who drank the fermented milk daily.  No significant changes in sleep were observed for the placebo group.

Regarding the use of minerals for better sleep, one study called “The Nutritional Relationships of Magnesium”, notes that the type of insomnia associated with a calcium deficiency causes difficulty with falling asleep. The classical sign of magnesium deficiency is insomnia characterized by falling asleep easily, but awakening frequently throughout the night, with individuals finding themselves tired even after several hours of sleep.

A balanced calcium magnesium ratio is important to overall health, and these two minerals should be taken together for best results, in a two to one ratio with twice as much calcium as magnesium.  The original research on this recommended ratio appeared in 1935 in the Journal of Physiological Reviews.

In addition, a softgel form containing healthy carrier oils mixed with the minerals is more digestible than tablets or capsules and provides a deeper, longer-lasting sleep. One popular formula that has these qualities is Sleep Minerals II from Nutrition Breakthroughs.  Sleep Minerals II contains highly absorbable forms of the best minerals for relaxation: calcium and magnesium, combined with vitamin d, zinc, and heart-healthy rice bran oil in a softgel.

Kimberly B. of Troy, Michigan says: “I have been taking Sleep Minerals II for about a month now. I have tried everything out there and this supplement is amazing. I have suffered with insomnia for 2 1/2 years. I have also had restless leg syndrome my entire life and this is the first relief I’ve ever had…gone for a month now.”

In summary, eating good healthy fats and also taking enough sleep-inducing minerals, can be a good combination for achieving better sleep.

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