5 Most Common Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

February 6, 2018

Coconuts are known for their versatility ranging from food to cosmetics. Coconuts' versatility is sometimes noted in its naming. In Sanskrit, it is kalpavriksha ("the tree which provides all the necessities of life"). In Malay, it is pokokseribuguna ("the tree of a thousand uses"). In the Philippines, the coconut is commonly called the "tree of life".

Coconut oil has Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) including unique caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid and is the secret behind this amazing super-food. Almost 62% of coconut oil is made up of these 3 healthy fatty acids. When the body breaks down lauric acid, monolaurin is produced which has antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Health benefits of coconut oil are many. There are healthy populations around the world who even use coconut oil as a portion of their staple diet.

  • Potent Medicinal Properties in Coconut Oil – High on healthy saturated fats, coconut oil has divergent effects in comparison with other fats. While boosting fat burning and providing body and brain with quick energy, coconut oil can raise levels of good HDL(high-density lipoproteins) cholesterol in blood which is excellent for heart health. Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) and  types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits.

  • Increase Fat Burning with Coconut Oil –One of the biggest global health problems is obesity nowadays. This is not just a matter of the quantity of calories, but the source of calories is also important because different foods affect our body and hormones in different ways. Compared to a given amount of long-chain fats, MCTs in coconut oil will increase the calories we can burn. Studies have shown that consuming coconut oil can reduce abdominal fat.

  • Destroy Harmful Microorganisms with Coconut Oil – When lauric acid in coconut oil is digested, it forms a substance known as monolaurin. Lauric acid features a 12-carbon structure which makes up for about 50 percent of fatty acids in coconut oil. Both monolaurin and lauric acid are capable of destroying harmful pathogens like fungi, viruses and bacteria, including yeast infections affecting humans.

  • Coconut Oil is Helpful in Reducing Hunger – This is another interesting feature of coconut oil. Fatty acids contained in coconut oil can also reduce hunger. This is because fats are metabolized and turned into ketones in liver and ketones in turn cause an appetite reducing effect. Eventually, over a long-term period it can also lead to reduced body weight.

  • Coconut Oil for Protecting Skin and Hair – Other benefits of coconut oil on skin and hair have nothing to do with eating. Coconut oil is also extensively used for cosmetic purposes for improving appearance and health of skin and hair. Coconut oil can effectively improve moisture content of skin, particularly for people with Hair dry off skin. Coconut oil can also effective protect hair against damage and act as a weak sunscreen at the same time.

Ristrah’s Schild Hair Color Skin Protector

Schild Hair Color Stain Protector is an all-natural product which contains Shea butter, vitamins and natural oils including coconut oil. It acts as a shield for hair color stains while nourishing the skin as well. Lavender oil which is another ingredient provides a light and refreshing natural scent so as to soothe and relax you during an event. Just apply Schild Hair Color Stain Protector along the hairline, forehead, ears and neck prior to using hair dye and rinse along with the hair color. Schild Hair Color Stain Protector is a natural product which is absolutely free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, PEG, SLS/SLES, alcohol, synthetic fragrances and animal ingredients.

 

Sources

Wikipedia.org

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil#modal-close

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

 

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