Coconut oil is indeed a wonder drug… ointment… aid… food…! The point is that coconut oil has been used to cure, stave off and heal a multitude of conditions for centuries. If you have not heard of it or (God forbid) are not using it, NOW is the time to familiarize yourself with this “wunderkind” of the food world!
Botanically speaking, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe. However, when using loose definitions, the coconut can be all three: a fruit, a nut, and a seed. –The Library of Congress
While, as the above suggests, coconut oil potentially has a number of classifications, it has exponentially more uses and health benefits. I personally use coconut oil for hair, for skin, for cooking and more. There have also been more than 1,000 studies done related its health benefits. But enough about me, let’s dive deeper into the benefits and uses for coconut oil!
- Lower Blood Pressure & Heart Disease Risk: This seems counter intuitive because coconut oil is high in fats, but if you didn’t know, there are healthy fats! Coconut oil has them in spades, namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These fats raise your healthy cholesterol levels (HDL), and when HDL goes up your risk for heart disease decreases.. 🙂
- Weight Loss: It supports fat burning, decreases appetite and studies show that it is especially helpful in losing belly fat! Coconut oil supports the healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. It also increases the body’s metabolic rate by reducing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping you lose weight.
- Cancer Prevention: There are two qualities that help it fight cancer. The first reason is the ketones that are produced as a result of it’s digestion. Tumor cells are unable to benefit from the energy in ketones only glucose. It is believed that a ketone rich diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover.Secondly, as the MCFA’s digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing!
- Stronger Immune System: The MCFAs contained in coconut oil have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. What does this mean to you? Many diseases are a result of the overgrowth of bad bacteria, funguses, viruses and parasites in the body. Coconut oil reduce candida, fights bacteria, and creates a hostile environment for viruses.
- Hair Care: Coconut oil supports a healthy scalp and hair as well. It’s a great hair conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. To get rid of dandruff and to thicken hair massage 1 tbsp coconut oil mixed with 10 drops of rosemary essential oil into your scalp for 3 minutes. Then shower 30 minutes later.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but I would love to hear how you use coconut oil in the comments!
Before I close though, I do need to clarify what type of coconut oil that I mostly use extra virgin coconut oil for my purposes, but there are a variety of options. There’s ongoing debate about the degree of virginity of these oils, so virgin coconut oil will due in most cases. “Processed” and “Refined” types might suffice for message or hair applications, but the processing these oils are subjected too greatly reduce their potential health benefits!
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