Coconut oil, particularly organic coconut oil have certain health benefits, provided consumed in considerable quantities. It is one of the few oils that can be classified as ‘superfood’. It has a unique combination of fatty acids that have positive effects on your health.
Following are Health Benefits of Coconut Oil:
- For weight loss:
Obesity and excess weight are one of the biggest health problems in the world. While some people believe that obesity is only a matter of calories while others believe that the source of those calories is critical also. According to a certain study, it is found that people who followed a low-calorie diet along with coconut oil lost more weight around the abdominal area. One interesting feature of this oil is that can reduce your appetite because of the presence of medium and long chain triglycerides.
- Combat Infection:
Coconut Oil contains lauric, caprylic and capric fatty acid which are also found in human breast milk. These substances combat bacterial and viral infections by hindering their growth. It also contains monolaurin which can kill harmful pathogens, thus helping in combating several infections.
- Maintains healthy cholesterol levels:
Oil is brimmed with saturated fats which raise the good cholesterol and transforms the bad cholesterol into a benign subtype. Thus it helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and improves overall cardiovascular health by reducing the risk of heart diseases.
- Protects hair from damage:
This oil prevents damage to your hair. It has a medium chain fatty acid which gets easily absorbed by your hair and prevents loss of hair proteins. It can be applied topically to protect against hair damage.
- Maintains healthy skin:
Many people use this oil for a cosmetic purpose to improve the appearance of their skin. It improves the moisture and keeps your skin hydrated and prevents dry skin. It can be used as a mild form of sunscreen. It can also help soothe itchy skin.
- Improving dental health:
Some people use this oil as a mouthwash in a process called as oil pulling. It kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and relieves bad breath.
It’s time to go nuts over coconut oil, not only in your kitchen but also in your cosmetic products. Swap out some of your beauty products for this wonder oil.