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Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil for Children

By on August 2, 2016 in Health Benefits, Parenting Tips with 0 Comments

Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil for kidsCoconut Oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Over the years research has come to prove that coconut oil is one of the healthiest products that we can keep in our houses owing to its heath benefits when consumed in small and regulated amounts. The presence of healthy fats called medium chain fatty acids provvide the perfect source of energy to your baby and they are easier to digest, immediately converted to energy instead of being stored in the body and having anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.

Let us explore some of the health benefits that your child can take from virgin coconut oil.

Immune System Boost: Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is a known anti-bacterial nutrient and is known to reduce candida, and create unsuitable environment for germination of viruses in your child’s body. Organic coconut oil is jam packed with the anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-fungal nutirent lauric acid. Thiss nutrient provides excellent support to your child’s immune system.

Source of Instant Energy: Organic coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are easier to break down and turn to energy by your kid’s body thereby providing him or her with a source of instant energy and helping them feel less fatigued, and enhance athletic performance.

Increase Cell Regenration: Consumption of virgin coconut oil by your baby boosts and regulates his or her metabolism. When your baby’s metabolic rate increases their cell regeneration also increases meaning that their bodies will be be equipped to replace old cells with newer, healthier cells.

Support Healthy Thyroid Function: Organic coconut oil helps to stimulate the activity and proper functioning of this very important gland in your baby’s body. The proper functioning of this gland in your kid’s body is very important for the proper supply of energy, supporting skin health and proper metabolism and keep a check on the balance of his or her moods.

Feeling of Satiety and Avoidance of Over eating: Moderate consumption of virgin coconut oil by your child will help keep him or her full, reducing the chances of their over-eating. According to research fats like coconut oil assist children to create hormones and help absorb vitamins from foods thereby deriving the maximum benefits from the foods. Since coconut oil creates a sense of satiety in your baby they are less likely to binge-eat or over eat it maintains your child’s weight and reduces the risk of childhood obesity.

Regulates Metabolism: Regular moderate use of virgin coconut oil in your child’s diet can positively affect his or her metabolic rate. Coconut oil is an excellent source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs); or medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which helps to boost and regulate yourr baby’s metabolism. It assists in helping your little one’s body burn calories faster and since it is directly converted by the liver to energy it keeps unwanted fat from getting accumulated in his or her body.

Protection from Cell Damage: Coconut oil is an excellent source of antioxidants for your child. These antioxidants prevent cell damage in your child’s body and offer protection to your child from cancer and degenerative diseases later on in life such as Alzhheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others.

Fights Infection: The capric acid in coconut oil helps your little one’s body fight infections. The lauric acid in coconut oil also provides it with antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Growth of New Brain Cells: Ketones from the MCTs found in coconut oil helps not only in supplying a superior source of energy to your baby’s brain but also triggers the activation of specialized proteins called brain derived neurotrophic factors that function in brain cell maintenance, repair, and protection. They are also known to stimulate the growth of new brain cells to the take the place of the dead or dying brain cells in your child’s brain which allows for healing and repair to take place.

Improves Insulin Secretion: Childhood diabetes has sadly become a reality in today’s world of processed foods. The moderate inclusion of virgin coconut oil in your baby’s diet helps to better utilise glucose to balance the insulin output which can help relieve the symptoms of diabetes in your kids and health risks associated with the same.

Improves Bone Health: Coconut Oil helps your kid’s body to better absorb calcium, Vitamin D and other minerals essential for the proper development and increase in bone strength. Inclusion of coconut oil in moderation in your little one’s diet will definitely boost his or her bone health.

Coconut Oil has earned a bad reputation due to the presence of saturated fats and considered unhealthy to consume in large quantities. However, research has shown that the good thing about the saturated fat content of coconut oil is that it contains lauric acid which helps in rasing the level of good cholesterol in your child’s body. Therefore consumption of moderate amounts of coconut oil by your little one is not as harmful as consuming only high-saturated fat food sources such as meat and dairy products. Moreover your baby can benefit from the goodnesses listed above with regulated consumption of this oil.

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