1. Reduces oxidative stress damage to the body
"Furthermore, mice treated with VCO were found to exhibit higher levels of brain antioxidants, lower levels of brain 5-hydroxytryptamine and reduced weight of the adrenal glands. Consequently, the serum cholesterol, triglyceride, glucose and corticosterone levels were also lower in VCO-treated mice. These results suggest the potential value of VCO as an antistress functional oil."
The study showed that mice who were given coconut oil had less damage to their adrenal gland and higher levels of brain antioxidants. By having higher levels of brain antioxidants you can stave off diseases like alzheimer's, which destroy brain cells and ruin neurotransmitter connections. Antioxidants help fight this by reducing the oxidative damage that takes place in the brain. To sum up, coconut oil will keep your brain and adrenal glands in tip top shape.
2. Increases your fat metabolism
"These differences in metabolic handling of MCFA versus LCFA are considered with the conclusion that MCFA hold potential as weight loss agents."
Coconut oil is primarily composed of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) versus long chain fatty acids (LCFA). MCFAs are metabolized directly by the liver and can be used for energy right away, where LCFAs cannot be used for energy instantly and get stored as fat.
3. Decreases appetite
"We postulated that intraduodenal administration of lauric acid (12 carbon atoms; C12) would suppress appetite.."
Coconut oil is comprised of a saturated fat called Lauric Acid. This 12 carbon chain fatty acid has been show to interact with the body and suppress appetite. The study above shows how lauric acid suppresses appetite. The study is science heavy, so here is a quote from Dr Rhonda Patrick to summarize it for us ..
"The lauric acid in coconut oil increase blood levels of both cholecystokinin (CCK) and Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). CCK mediates satiety by inhibiting gastric emptying and the secretion of gastric acids.8 Similar to CCK, GLP-1 inhibits gastric secretion and motility as well.8 Consequently, this effect slows the absorption of carbohydrates and contributes to the effect of satiety. GLP-1 is also known to increase insulin-sensitivity in some cells types and has been suggested as a treatment for diabetes"
If you are still confused by how it works, don't worry just know that it has been tested and has been shown to work in most individuals. Remember, every single person is different and has their own set of genes, it may work for you and it may not.
Start out by adding 2 tablespoons a day and see how it effects your appetite, energy and recovery time.