Coconut oil offers much promise today to sufferers of hypothyroidism and slow metabolism. It is a known fact that the fatty acid chains in coconut oil, known as medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), offer wonderful health benefits and are found most abundantly in coconut oil. For the hypothyroid sufferer the MCTs rev up the body’s sluggish metabolism and promote weight loss as well.
There are many side effects of a sluggish thyroid gland and the resulting slower metabolism. First of all, it affects your energy level greatly, and with a slower metabolism and subsequent reduction in activity (and energy) there is often unwanted weight gain. Unfortunately, a person’s health is affected as well. Coconut oil can help with a lot of these problems. Several health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and osteoporosis are more prevalent in those people who have slow metabolism. Any health condition is made worse if the metabolic rate is slower than normal, because the cells can’t heal and repair themselves as quickly. People with hypothyroidism desperately want to live normal, energetic lives, and it is quite possible that adding coconut oil to your diet will be part of your answer.