Benefits of Coconut Oil

March 28, 2014

Scientific research on coconut oil has revealed health benefits that affect your entire body, inside and out. 

 

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”Coconut oil also has antioxidant properties and it helps in the absorption of other minerals.Coconut oil is an incredible source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which have been shown to have many health benefits including raising the body’s metabolism, and acting as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent.

 

Well, incredibly, coconut oil contains one of the same compounds -- lauric acid -- found in mother's milk! Lauric acid transforms when consumed into a substance called monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has been shown to be useful in increasing immunity and fighting viruses and disease.Coconut Oil is over 40% lauric acid, the richest source naturally available.

 

You've heard good things about coconut oil , so how do you use it?

 

In Cooking:

There is only one oil that is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, while it also helps you promote heart health, maintain normal cholesterol levels and even supports weight loss -- coconut oil. So, whenever you need an oil to cook with, use coconut oil instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type of oil called for in recipes.

 

Yes, extra-virgin olive oil, is a better monounsaturated fat. It works great as a salad dressing.However, it is not the best oil to cook with. Due to its chemical structure, cooking makes it susceptible to oxidative damage. And polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, sunflowerlower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to use in cooking.These omega-6 oils are highly susceptible to heat damage because of all the double bonds they have.

 

In Skin and Hair Care:

Eye Cream and Eye Make-up Remover - Coconut oil is an excellent eye-make up remover that has been reported to help remove wrinkles and help restore elasticity to the skin.Healthier, stronger and longer eye lashes are just a bonus! Swipe on with a moist cotton ball. Wipe off with clean cotton ball or wet washcloth.

 

Dandruff Remedy and Hair Conditioner - Coconut oil can effectively get rid of dandruff when rubbed into the scalp a couple times a week. It does make hair oily, of course, but I recommend massaging into the scalp before bed and leaving in overnight before rinsing out in the morning. It also helps strengthen the hair and add shine.

 

Diaper Rash Cream - Apply regularly to the baby's bottom to improve skin health. It's thought that coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties—that and the fact that it's moisturizing and gentle makes it a great choice for an all-natural diaper cream or baby salve. As a bonus, it's safe to use with cloth diapers.

 

Massage Oil - Coconut oil is the perfect choice for a massage oil. Not too greasy and with a relaxing scent.

 

In Oral Care:

Oil Pulling- Oil pulling involves rinsing your mouth with the oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. The oil is “worked” around your mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through your teeth for a period of 15 minutes. This process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done at any time. When done, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth with water. Avoid swallowing the oil as it will be loaded with bacteria and whatever potential toxins and debris it has pulled out.When done correctly, oil pulling has a significant cleansing, detoxifying and healing affect, not only for your mouth and sinuses but for the rest of your body as well. 

 

In Pet Care:

Feed it to your Dog or Cat - Coconut oil isn't just healthy for humans. Here is some good info on the benefits for dogs and cats. 

 

First, it can potentially reduce cancer risks. It also improves the digestion of your pet and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. The thyroid function is also kept normal with coconut oil. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut oil. Arthritis and similar pains can also be minimized or treated. Coconut can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control.

 

The recommended dose is pretty easy; just give a teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog, or you can give a table spoon per 30 pounds. Start with about 1/4 the recommended dosage and build up to the recommended level over 3-4 weeks, as sometimes flu-like symptoms can appear if you hurried it right away.

 

What to look out for when purchasing Coconut Oil :

Look for extra virgin, that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, refined or deodorized.

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