Author: Dr. Gary Huber

Coconut oil helps your heart and skinnies your waist. This great tasting oil can help with weight loss and should be in your next smoothie.

Rio de Janeiro has more than just the Olympic’s to offer us. A recent study done in their Cardiology program shows us that just one tablespoon of coconut oil per day can be an aid in weight loss and improve cardiovascular health. We have known for some time that the medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil are great brain fuel and now this study from 2015 is showing it to be beneficial to HDL cholesterol levels.

They selected patients that were overweight, had high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. They were on standard drug therapy but in addition given 1 tablespoon of coconut oil on a daily basis.

The results at the end of the three months showed that the group of participants taking coconut oil saw a decrease in all six of the bodily parameters measured, including weight (reduction of 0.6 kilograms), body mass (reduction of 0.2 kg), waist circumference (reduction of 2.1 cm), neck perimeter (reduction of 4cm), systolic blood pressure (reduction of 3.3 points), and diastolic blood pressure (reduction of 3.5 points). Participants also saw a 3.1 to 7.4 mg increase in HDL (the good) cholesterol. The researchers concluded that “non-pharmoacological interventions are essential for risk factor control in secondary prevention among patients with coronary disease. The study showed that in just 3 months a diet rich in extra virgin coconut oil seems to favor the reduction in weight and the increase in good healthy HDL cholesterol.

Easy solution: put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your protein shake to add healthy fats to your diet. Cooking with coconut oil and adding it to recipes instead of other unhealthy oils such as corn or canola can improve the taste of your meals and improve your health while stimulating weight loss.