Coconut Oil’s Uses and Health Benefits

By | August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm | One comment

Used for decades by Ayervedic Practitioners in India and around the world, coconut oil is one of the most healthful, multi-faceted oils found in nature. Its multitudinous uses are vast, but generally it can be used externally or internally for anything from hair care, to premature aging and infections, to high blood pressure. Rich in lauric, capric and caprylic acid, coconuts are naturally antimicrobial and contain antifungal, antibacterial, and antioxidant rich properties. Though it is true that coconut oil contains high amounts of saturated fat, it is not the processed, saturated concoction, which is usually cause for health concern. In fact, it is the purest form of saturated fat, and when consumed the body will naturally convert it into energy, rather than into a permanent residence on your thighs. Some uses for coconut oil include:

Hair Care

With all that healthy saturated fat, it is no surprise that coconut oil makes for an amazing (and I mean, a-mazing) conditioner. Apply some to your hair pre-shampoo and let it sit for about fifteen minutes before washing it out. Condition like normal (note: if you are currently doing the “no shampoo” method of washing hair use very little, just on the ends before washing. However if you are washing like normal, with over-the-counter products, feel free to go to town with the coconut oil!) In addition to making a great conditioner, coconut oil is nature’s dandruff remedy. It contains essential proteins needed to fight dandruff! Massage a little onto your scalp and wash like normal to see results.

Skin Care

As mentioned, coconut oil contains high amounts of fat, so it is the perfect oil for battling age and wrinkles. Most beauty products already contain some form of coconut oil in them; however using the pure oil directly onto your problem area is the best way to see the results of this miracle oil. Coconut oil is also good for scars, stretch marks and acne spots, as well as for serious skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

Dental care

Coconut oil increases the absorption of calcium in the body, so adding a little bit of this multi-functional oil to your natural toothpaste is one good way to ensure that the only trip to the dentist you are making is for your regular teeth cleaning. It is also proven to help keep teeth strong and resilient, as well as stop tooth decay!

Infections

Due to its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, coconut oil is an excellent way to fight infections in the body. It has been known to kill viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and many others. It’s been effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash. In addition, it can eliminate bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc.

Increased Immunity

Containing antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, coconut oil is great for the immune system. The body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which can help cure viruses, and bacteria causing diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalorvirus, and even HIV. Not only can coconut oil help cure viruses, it is an excellent immune strengthening elixir.

Bone Strength

Since coconut oil helps improve the bodies’ ability to absorb important minerals, it is an effective solution for strengthening bones. Calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of bones, is thus absorbed efficiently into the body, with the help of coconut oil, making this a very easy and useful solution for women who are prone to osteoporosis.

Maintaining Cholesterol Levels

There is insurmountable confusion on whether or not coconut oil is healthy or not. Most consumers are lost in a sea of indomitable bewilderment and left wondering whether saturated fats like coconut oil or polyunsaturated fats like soybean oil are healthier choices for them. While the Food and Drug Administration advocates that coconut oil is bad, natural food experts and doctors say it is one of the healthiest fats available.

Weight Loss

There is a reason why people who live in tropical areas never struggle with weight gain. Yes, they do eat healthier than Americans and most Europeans, but would you believe coconut oil is also at work here? Coconut oil contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that aid in taking off excessive weight. It is easy to digest and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Additionally, it increases the metabolism by removing stress on the pancreases, so that more energy is burned and unwanted weight is lost.

Stress Relief

Coconut oil makes for soothing massage oil with a relaxing, familiar scent that takes you to the most peaceful place in your mind just by breathing it in. Use coconut oil for massages instead of essential oils. This is also a great alternative for people who have allergies to even the most natural of strong fragrances and cannot handle the intense scent of lavender, eucalyptus and other essential oils. Coconut oil is very light with a faint nutty, tropical scent that will add to your massage, not become the focal point. After all, it is your body and mind that need to be most present, not your senses.

The countless uses for coconut oil and the myriad of health benefits it offers makes it one of the most versatile fruits on the planet. In addition to the above uses and benefits from the oil, it can also aid in digestion and healing, cure heart disease, pancreatis, liver failure, kidney disease, diabetes, HIV, cancer, and much more. Unlike other oils, which are also healthful, coconut oil’s light fragrance, pleasant taste and miracle qualities make it a comforting and soothing, remedy for whatever ailment you need it to nurse.

Main source:  Coconut Research Center

One Comment

  1. David Olsen (6 years ago)

    Thanks for explaining the benefits of coconut oil. I enjoyed reading this well written article. I agree with you that coconut oil is good for thr body, inside out. Some countries even calls it “miracle oil” becasue of this. It’s really good on the skin. It works not only on people but animals as well. It you have a chance, please visit me back.

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