It's every A-lister’s food of the moment, but virgin coconut oil is also gaining a reputation as an athlete’s key cooking ingredient thanks to a series of small studies showing it reduces swelling and inflammation in a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen.

In the latest trial, published in the journal Human Experimental Toxicology, laboratory animals with inflamed paws that were fed coconut oil had a significant reduction in inflammation, potentially accelerating recovery rate from training and injury. Add it to your shopping list, runners!

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