There are many surprising health benefits to coconut oil.
This oil has long be considered a villain in the pantheon of oils, with its greatest crime being that it was believed to contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels and heart disease.
But coconut oil is roughly 50% lauric acid.
Lauric acid has been shown to help prevent several heart issues.
Lauric acid helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, which contributes to blocked arteries and plaque buildup.
Fewer blockages means less stress on the heart and lower blood pressure.
Lauric acid also has been shown to help increase the HDL (good) cholesterol which is necessary for body functions from proper digestion to brain function.