Dr Oz did a segment called the Super Powers of Coconut Oil: Revealed. Is Coconut Oil a miracle food? When many of us think of coconuts, we think of the tropics or our favorite desserts. But Coconut Oil is used to heal Eczema, Psoriasis, Ulcers and can even help you to lose weight. Doctor Oz spoke about the three most powerful benefits of Coconut Oil.
Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Weight Loss
Dr Oz said that the first health benefit of coconut oil is weight loss. Which is healthier – olive oil or coconut oil? Well, from a calorie perspective they both have 119 calories and 13 grams of fat per TB so there is no difference from that angle. Coconut Oil is a solid at room temperature, but becomes a liquid when you heat it, because Coconut Oil is a saturated fat (hence its bad reputation!). However, Dr Oz said that Coconut Oil is made up of Medium Chain Fatty Acids which get dissolved into your blood and metabolized by your liver with no problems. Steaks on the other hand are made up of Large Chain Fatty Acids which do not go to the liver to be metabolized and they make you fat.
Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Eczema or Psoriasis
Dr Oz said that the second benefit of Coconut Oil is that it treats skin conditions. Coconut Oil has been used for centuries to help cure Eczema and Psoriasis. In fact, Dr Oz likes to try Coconut Oil on just about any skin ailment because it is inexpensive and easy to try out. Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid, which helps to fight off fungal infections too. What I try to do with my husband when his Eczema flares up is to put some Coconut Oil on his hand before going to bed and I wrap it in plastic wrap and cover it with a cotton sock. Then, in the morning it is like he had a deep skin treatment all night long.
Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Ulcers
Dr Oz said that the third benefit of Coconut Oil is that it treats ulcers that are caused by the H Pylori bacteria. The Lauric Acid in the Coconut Oil can help to kill off H Pylori.
Dr Oz: How Much Coconut Oil To Use Each Day
Even though Coconut Oil has lots of health benefits, it is still high in fat and calories so you should make sure not to overdo it. Dr Oz suggested adding 1 TB of Coconut Oil to your diet every day.