Coconut oil and thyroid health

Posted by Tintin Sealey

  It’s nothing new that coconut oil has become one of the most raved about health foods/products upon recent years. We use it on our skin, in our hair, and incorporate it into our diet at any given chance. closeup-coconut-healthy-2103946 Unlike the less than lovable polyunsaturated fats that sneak their way into our diets, coconut oil is high in (healthy) saturated fat, lauric acid, and medium chain fatty acids.   All of these health factors mean coconut oil can be a great aid in nourishing the thyroid. Half of the fat content in coconut oil is the fat mentioned earlier, known as lauric acid. Our bodies convert lauric acid into monolaurin. Lauric acid has anti-viral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal properties, which all help in increasing thyroid health.   Most of the oils that we commonly use in cooking, and are often used in commercially-produced products have an adverse effect on thyroid health. So why wouldn’t you replace them with coconut oil, which has a positive effect on the thyroid, and overall health?   Despite the countless benefits, it should be known that coconut oil is not a complete thyroid cure, however, it does aid in lowering thyroid function, as it stimulates metabolism and boosts energy. Coconut oil has a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.   If you love coconut and want to improve your overall thyroid health, there are a number of ways to incorporate it into your daily diet:  
  • Add up to 1/4 cup a day to hot teas and coffee
  • Use up to 1/4 cup a day in cooking
  • Up to 1/4 cup, a day added to smoothies