Diabetes is a disease that affects 62 million Indians, the second largest number in the world after China. It also the second fastest growing disease amongst Indians. This is an extremely concerning statistic that demands a closer look at how it affects the human body. Not only does it exacerbate macrovascular complications, but acutely affects the nerves, kidneys, eyes, and feet. If detected early, it becomes imperative to prevent long-term complications from developing. Coconut oil has emerged as one of the major foods that can reduce the symptoms of diabetes, particularly Type 2. Let’s take a deeper look into the effects of this miracle oil on diabetes.
Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), which is particularly effective in combating insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when the body is unable to produce the hormone insulin. In the absence of this hormone, the body is unable to convert blood sugar into glucose, a usable energy source for the body. Without blood sugar control, Type 2 diabetic patients are likely to develop life-threatening conditions like strokes and heart disease. Blurred vision and fatigue can also occur from time to time. The MCFAs present in coconut oil can reduce unnecessary fat storage and accumulation while maintaining insulin action in the body. Oils containing MCFAs are also preferred for diabetic patients as they enter the bloodstream at a faster rate and reach the liver directly. They are immediately utilized as a source of energy, thus reducing the strain on the pancreas to produce insulin.
Not only that but coconut oil is known to contain lauric acid that combats various microbes and fungi when consumed. It is useful to maintain gut health and prevent indigestion. The absorption of nutrients like amino acids, vitamins, and minerals also becomes much easier. Coconut oil is also a naturally saturated fat, thus helping in the conversion of ‘bad cholesterol’ into ‘good cholesterol’.
Although coconut oil is extremely beneficial when added to your diet, it is important to understand exactly how to include it as part of your daily routine. First of all, use only cold-pressed, raw coconut oil. It is a much healthier than processed coconut oil and contains a larger number of antioxidants. Direct consumption of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day is preferred for the body. What this does is include room in your diet for other good fats like nuts, avocados and fish. You can also use coconut oil for cooking as it has a high smoke point. You can mix it in with your stir-frys or use it for baking. You can also melt it and add it to smoothies and protein shakes. But coconut oil can take some getting used to so ease your body into its consumption!
Coconut oil is like a gift that keeps on giving. Regular consumption not only helps in combating diabetes but also heals and nourishes your body from inside out. A jar of coconut oil is your go-to home remedy that can be used time and time again.