Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

For decades coconut oil has been used in the Indian sub continent and various other parts of the world due to the numerous health benefits that it possesses. Some of the health benefits of this super food include:

Healthy Heart Health
Despite popular believes, coconut oil has actually proven itself to be beneficial for your heart health.  According to recent studies coconut oil contains approximately 50% of lauric acid that not only helps with problems such as high levels of cholesterol but at the same time it also helps to curb high blood pressure. Additionally, it also has a high content of saturated fats which helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Promotes Weight Loss
According to researchers, when compared with other fats, coconut oil contains approximately 2.6% lesser calories. Additionally it also increases the body’s metabolic rate thus burning more energy and helping obese people lose weight quickly.

Aids in Digestion
Since Coconut oil consists of both short and medium chain fatty acids, it is relatively easy to digest. This makes it an excellent source of preventing various digestion related problems including the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Once again the saturated fats present in coconut oil tend to have various antimicrobial properties that fights against various bacteria and parasites which may lead to indigestion. Apart from this coconut oil also helps in protecting the body from insulin resistance and helps maintain the healthy functioning of both your thyroid and the endocrine system.

healthy woman with coconutBeautiful Hair
Coconut oil has been popularly used in the sub continent since decades to promote hair care. It not only serves as an excellent conditioner but also aids in the re-growth of damaged hair. According to studies, it is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair. The polarity of coconut oil makes it a better penetrant than any other mineral oil thus nourishing and healing damaged hair and providing protection against hydral fatigue. By regularly massaging coconut hair not only protects it from dryness but also ensure that your scalp is free from dandruff, lice and lice eggs.

Fighting Infections
According to the Coconut research center, coconut oil comes packed with various anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. This makes it highly effective in treating bruises and infections. When applied to the infected area it tends to develop a chemical layer on top of the wound thus protecting it against any external dust, fungi or bacteria.  Additionally, it also kills a number of viruses that may cause herpes, influenza, hepatitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, measles and even SARS along with eliminating fungi and yeast that may cause diaper rashes, ring worm, thrush and even athlete’s foot.

Beautiful Glowing Skin
Apart from hair, coconut oil is equally beneficial for your skin as well. This highly effective moisturizers caters to almost all skin types and does wonders to especially dry skin. Unlike other oils, coconut oil bears absolutely no side effects and hence can be safely applied to your skin to both treat and prevent dryness and flaking. Additionally, when used regularly, coconut oil acts as an excellent anti agent and tends to delay any visible signs of aging, wrinkles or sagging. Furthermore, coconut oil comes packed with anti oxidant properties that assist in treating various other skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other degenerative diseases.

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