Within the past few years, coconut oil seems to be more popular than ever. It has been called one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Not only does coconut oil provide incredible health benefits, but it can also be used for so many different things!
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Why is that important? MCFAs are naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Because they are processed by the liver, they are immediately converted to energy, instead of being stored as fat. Because of the energy creating abilities of coconut oil, it is extremely beneficial for weight loss. You might question the logic of eating a fat to burn fat, but research has shown that coconut oil helps to burn fat, decrease appetite, and helps build muscle (even Muscle MilkTM includes it in their products).
When selecting coconut oil at the store, make sure to buy unrefined coconut oil. The refined coconut oil is stripped of the polyphenol compounds as they are damaged during processing. This takes away from the positive antioxidant effect coconut oil has on the body.
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer. It is a safe solution and great alternative to mineral oils to prevent dry and flaky skin because it does not have any adverse side effects on the skin. Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other skin infections can be treated with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is great for hair care as well. It is an excellent conditioning treatment that helps the re-growth process of damaged hair, while leaving it healthy and shiny. I personally use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment, and I would definitely recommend using it once a month!
Not only is coconut oil good for your skin and hair, it is also an effective eye makeup remover.
Other Health Benefits
Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure:
Coconut oil helps to increase HDLs (good cholesterol), promoting heart health, and lowering the risk for heart disease.
Cures Kidney Infections, UTIs, and Protects the Liver:
The MCFAs in coconut oil help act as a natural antibiotic, which disrupts the lipid coating on bacteria. Coconut water is also great for hydration and supports the healing process. I have also found that coconut water works better than sports drinks, like Gatorade, for hangover relief.
Boosts Immune System:
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which helps fight bacteria. Many diseases today are caused by an over growth of bad bacteria, funguses, viruses and parasites that enter the body. The lauric acid creates a hostile environment for viruses.
Coconut oil helps absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium and magnesium. When it is taken with omega-3 fatty acids, it can make them twice as effective in the absorption process.
Studies have shown that coconut oil should be consumed during menopause because it has positive effects on estrogen levels. To naturally balance hormones, you can replace sugar and grain consumption with healthy fats from coconuts, avocados, and flax seeds.