New research suggests that the natural ingredient can decrease heart disease risk in as little as 4 weeks of continuous consumption.
A group of researchers at the University of Cambridge found that consuming the healthy oil can visibly reduce risk of heart disease and stroke in just one month.
The study involved 94 volunteers within the 50-75 age bracket. No participant had been diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes prior to the study. Researchers asked participants to consume 50 grams of either coconut oil, extra virgin olive (EVO) oil, or unsalted butter.
Researchers tracked participants for changes in their cholesterol levels for one month.
The study revealed that EVO oil consumers saw a decline in bad cholesterol levels and a 5 percent rise in good cholesterol levels. The coconut oil consumers saw their good cholesterol levels go up by 15%, which marked the most positive change for all three fats. The butter group saw its bad cholesterol levels jump 10 percent after following the diet plan for one month.
Coconut Oil Is Good for the Heart
The research team concluded that coconut oil has the potential of keeping cardiovascular disease at bay. Coconut oil has been long recommended for various beauty hacks and home remedies for dry skin, high blood sugar levels, gastrointestinal issues, constipation, and hemorrhoids.
Researchers explained that the plant oil is packed with saturated fats that can improve health, keep bad cholesterol at bay, and transform bad cholesterol into good one. If the good cholesterol level is high, the risk of heart disease is minimal.
You too can have a healthy heart with just three tablespoons of coconut oil per day, but you can also add it to coffee, fried recipes, and smoothies. If you add it to hot drinks ensure that you blend it until it reaches a creamy texture.
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