We love to use coconut oil in the kitchen, in smoothies, even on our faces. In fact, there are very few products that we can honestly say can do it all, but coconut oil comes pretty close.
Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases.
There are various health benefits of coconut oil. The Coconut Research Center has compiled a list of potential benefits of coconut oil in both traditional and modern medicine:
Skin and hair care: As we mentioned, Coconut oil is excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturiser on all types of skin, including dry skin. It’s also a great make up remover, especially tricky waterproof eye make up. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. There are also excellent uses for hair: a fantastic hair mask can be made with warm coconut oil and a few drops of lavender oil, leaving hair very smooth. It also been known to provide the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair.
Heart diseases: Perhaps surprisingly, coconut oil is very beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Weight loss: Coconut oil is super useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Furthermore, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy.
Immunity: Coconut contains two special ingredients that make it excellent for immunity. These are anti-viral properties, commonly referred to as lauric acid and caprylic acid. Both are well-known for fighting off yeast overgrowth (candida), along with bacterial infections. Coconut is actually comprised of 50 percent lauric acid, which the body converts to monolaurin, an antiviral agent that fights off a variety of pathogens and viruses.
Digestion: Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties.
So there we have it. A well know super-food for the body, inside and out!