Coconut oil is predominantly a medium-chain fatty acid; it is this that makes coconut oil special because these fatty acids do not have a negative effect on cholesterol. In fact, they are known to lower the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Another great benefit of coconut oil is that the liver and gall bladder do not need to digest and emulsify medium-chain fatty acid, which means it creates instant energy, increased metabolic rate and subsequently more heat production as well as increased circulation. Anyone with an impaired fat digestion or removed gallbladder will benefit from coconut oil as this oil is easily digested.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which has many health benefits, the way the body converts coconut oil in the body which makes it highly toxic to viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms and can actually destroy them. Lauric acid cannot be produced by the body. Breast milk is the only other source of lauric acid, which could explain why there are lesser incidents of infections with breast-fed infants. It has also been observed that regular consumption of coconut oil boosts immunity and reduces incidences of sickness.
The health benefits of coconut oil
Hair care – coconut oil has a small molecular structure allowing it to pass into the hair cell membrane, the oil then penetrates the hair shaft; this creates deep conditioning from within the hair strand compared to other conditioners that work from the outside in.
Dandruff – Massaging coconut into scalp can offer relief from dandruff. Dandruff is caused by dry skin or an internal fungal condition that reached the scalp.–with regular use, coconut oil can kill the fungus and eliminate dandruff issues. For deep hair conditioning, a teaspoon or two on damp hair left for as long as possible can give an ultra-nice shine. Leave it on overnight for best results.
Skin care – Coconut oil is an excellent skin conditioner which can deeply penetrate, moisturize and acts as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage. The oil also provides sun protection by screening 20 percent of ultraviolet exposure, which is a benefit over the commercial sunscreens which actually do more harm than good.
Weight loss – coconut oil can speed up metabolism faster as they are easily digested and converted into energy.
Diabetes, Hearts Disease, Chronic Fatigue – Lowers risk of diabetes, heart disease and improves cholesterol levels – Assists in bone health and chronic fatigue, coconut oil produces energy rather than body fat, thereby improving metabolism and preventing fatigue. The oil has also been shown to destroy organisms in the body that sap its strength and contribute to the condition of fatigue.
Oil Pulling – Take a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for at least 5 minutes, suggested time is 20 minutes, and this will remove bacteria etc from your mouth and also eliminate any pain in the mouth including tooth aches.
Others Uses – aside from the health benefits mentioned earlier the following health benefits have been attributed to the beneficial use of coconut oil:
• Protects against cancer and HIV and other infectious diseases
• Kills bacteria and parasites like tape worm and liver flukes
• Eases acid reflux, aids in proper bowel function
• Lowers incidence of hemorrhoids
• Heals and relieves intestinal problems
• Soothes earaches
• Deals with symptoms connected with prostate enlargement
• Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration
• Reduces incidence of epileptic seizures
• Reduces joint and muscle inflammation
• Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes.
Be sure when you purchase coconut oil that it is virgin and organic, the best is cold pressed but sometimes it is hard to find in local retail stores and markets, but it is available online. Another thing about coconut oil is that it is tolerant to high heat temperatures without ruining it healthy properties.
I use coconut sugar, flour, amino acids, milk, water and I feel so much healthier and slowly my weight is coming off and I don’t feel deprived of so many of things I love.