There is mounting evidence that consumption of coconut oil can increase thyroid function which supports adrenal and metabolic function thereby increasing energy and weight loss. The use of coconut oil is featured prominently in both primal and paleo guidelines and recipes, which means its also a star in Nomad Foods products. User testimonies report that consuming up to 3 tablespoons per day, either alone or in cooking, has dramatically increased their weight loss and energy levels. Dr. Mercola in his article “How to Help Your Thyroid With Virgin Coconut Oil” goes into great detail on the causes of thyroid dysfunction and all of its related symptoms. To summarize his findings:
- Approximately 65 percent of the U. S. population is overweight; 27 percent is clinically obese. Research is pointing to the fact that an underactive thyroid might be the number one cause of weight problems, especially among women
- Traditionally, polyunsaturated oils such as soybean oil have been used for livestock feed because they cause the animals to gain weight. These oils are made up of what is known as long chain fatty acids–the kind of fatty acids that promote weight gain.
- Coconut oil, on the other hand, is a saturated fat made up primarily of medium chain fatty acids. Also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), medium chain fatty acids are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil can also raise basal body temperatures while increasing metabolism. This is good news for people who suffer with low thyroid function. There have been scores of testimonies to this effect. (Here is an online forum with reports of users response to coconut oil)
Dr. Mercola’s Conclusion (please see the complete article for information on increasing iodine and other minerals to improve thyroid function)
In conclusion, thyroid dysfunction has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. and is a major cause of obesity. Our modern diet is the main culprit. The best approach to maintaining a healthy thyroid and proper weight management is to follow the advice I have offered in this article. By eating healthy foods that will nourish and not damage the thyroid, adding the nutrients recommended, avoiding the foods and substances that tax the thyroid, and cleansing the body you can expect to see improvement in thyroid function in just a few weeks. Perhaps the single most important dietary change you can make is to replace soy-based vegetable oils and other polyunsaturated oils with healthy oils, the best being coconut oil. If you need to lose weight, the pounds should melt away naturally as you follow these suggestions. And, you can look forward to living a higher quality of life.