Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.
Coconut oil is beneficial to many systems in the body. These are just a few of the benefits of coconut oil skin care, hair care, helping with weight loss, improved digestion and building immunity against various infections and diseases.
Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Skin care: Coconut oil is an excellent topical oil that acts as an effective moisturizer for all types of skin. Unlike many other topical oils, there is no chance of having any back side effects or allergic reactions from the application of coconut oil.
Hair care: Coconut oil helps healthy hair growth and makes your hair shiny and healthy. It is highly effective in restoring protein to hair, protein loss can lead to unattractive and unhealthy hair. Apply topically for hair care.
Heart diseases: It is a huge misconception that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large amount of saturated fats. In reality, it is beneficial for the heart. It is about half lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems, including, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Weight loss: Coconut oil is helpful in weight loss. It has short and medium-chain fatty acids that helps in the lose of excessive weight. It is easy to digest and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. It also increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, burning more calories and helping overweight people lose weight.
Immunity: Coconut oil has been shown to strengthen the immune system because it has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Research has shown it is an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, and HIV.
Digestion: Coconut oil used in cooking helps improve digestion and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems, including, irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. It also helps you to absorb nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Dental care: Coconut oil helps with the absorption of calcium in the body, which helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay. Recent studies suggests that coconut oil is beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque causing gingivitis. Swish a tablespoon in your mouth nightly after brushing your teeth for the best benefit to gums.
Healing Infections: When applied to infected areas of the skin, coconut oil forms a protective chemical layer to the infected body part and keeps out external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Diabetes: Coconut oil helps control blood sugar, and improve the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
Energy Booster: Coconut oil is often used by athletes, body builders and by people who are dieting. The reason is it contains fewer calories than other oils, its fat content is more easily converted into energy, and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. It boosts energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.
According to the Research, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause flu, measles, hepatitis, herpes, and other serious health conditions. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia. Finally, coconut oil has been shown to be an effective treatment in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.
I use coconut oil in as many food preparations as possible, it is great for baking, stir fry, and any recipes that don’t use high heat for cooking. I still find it difficult to get the recommended amount of coconut oil in my diet. Ways I get extra coconut oil in my diet is by adding it to hot coffee or tea with a little milk or cream. I also buy empty beef gelatin capsules, heat the oil to just barely liquid (do not heat too much, it will dissolve the capsules) and fill the capsules using a syringe or you can buy pre-made capsules. I take 6 capsules ‘OO’ filled capsules a day to get in all the health benefits of this wonderful healing oil.