1. Improves heart health
Coconuts are one of the best sources of lauric acid – 50% of the fat in coconuts is lauric acid – a protective type of fatty acid linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health. Coconut fat helps promote a decrease in (bad) LDL cholesterol and rise in (good) HDL cholesterol. Also, coconut milk helps lower blood pressure and keep blood vessels flexible, elastic and free from plaque buildup.
2. Builds muscle and helps lose fat
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) fatty acids found in coconut milk increase energy expenditure and help enhance physical performance. Because coconut milk is high in healthy fats, it also fills you up and prevent overheating or snacking throughout the day.
3. Provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue
Although coconut water is a higher source of electrolytes, coconut milk also provides important minerals needed to maintain blood volume, regulate heart health, and prevent dehydration or diarrhea. Coconut milk also contains the types of MCTs that are easily used by your brain for energy.
4. Helpful for losing weight
According to a study, consumption of a diet rich in MCTs results in greater loss of fat composed with long-chain fatty acids, perhaps due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation observed with MCT intake.
5. Helps improve digestion and relieve constipation
Coconut milk nourishes the digestive lining due to its electrolytes and healthy fats, improving gut health and preventing conditions like IBS.
6. Can help manage blood sugar and control diabetes
The fat content of coconut milk can help slow the rate at which sugar is released into the bloodstream, better controlling insulin levels and preventing a “sugar high” or worse, conditions like diabetes.
7. May help prevent anemia
It provides a good source of plant-based iron that can contribute to a diet sufficient at preventing anemia from occurring.
8. Helps prevent joint inflammation and arthritis
Coconut milk’s MCTs can help lower inflammation, which is associated with painful conditions like arthritis and general joint or muscle aches and pains.
9. Helps prevent ulcers