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Coconut Oil combined with exercise can lower blood pressure

26 February 2015

A recent study from Brazil has examined the effects of coconut oil and physical exercise on the lowering of blood pressure in rats. The researchers from the University of Paraiba found that when a supplement of coconut oil is taken in conjunction with regular exercise a marked effect in reducing blood pressure is seen in the animals. The hypothesis is that virgin coconut oil contains a number of components that assist in reducing blood pressure by either possessing antioxidant properties, such as vitamin E and polyphenols, or by being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, such as lauric acid. The benefit of coconut oil being easily absorbed and itself a source of energy is an added bonus when considering it as part of a healthy diet.

It is suggested that the acute effect of exercise, especially high intensity followed by short recovery, promotes a transient increase in the concentrations of harmful oxidative substances. 

This effect can be counteracted by long term regular exercise as the body adapts, but for the majority of us for whom exercise is part time there is an increased risk of hypertension. The authors suggest that antioxidants such as coconut oil added to the diet combined with changes in lifestyle to add moderate exercise training to the daily routine may be an effective approach in the treatment of hypertension. However, human studies with coconut oil have yet to be undertaken. 

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