7 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

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7 Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an amazing superfood; it can be used in so many ways that it is surprising not many more people know about it. The benefits and uses of coconut oil truly reach far and wide, certain components of this oil stand out for its contribution to health, beauty and cooking.

It is high in saturated fats, antibacterial, anti-fungal and it is also increases your metabolism and energy levels. If you haven’t used it, then your life is about to change.

Pure coconut oil contains 50% lauric acid, this acid when present in our body it’s converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound that exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungals properties.

1. Cooking

Coconut oil has a high heat point and is great for cooking, frying, and baking at high temperatures. Replace it with your vegetable cooking oils, as it doesn’t break down until 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 252 degrees Celsius.

2. Moisturiser

Do you suffer from dry and flaky skin? Coconut oil can fix that for you and best of all it can be used all over the body and face. It’s a natural moisturiser that will not leave your skin feeling oily. It boosts collagen production in your cells and delay the formation of wrinkles and of sagging of skin. It can also be used in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, and other skin infections.

3. Sunscreen

Dr. Jen Sanford from Elevation Now suggests that people use coconut oil instead of their regular sunscreen you purchase from the shops. You can also mix coconut oil with natural sunblock that are FDA approved, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. In addition it can also heal sunburns without your skin peeling. Coconut oil promotes collagen production and repairs the skin cells.

4. Toothpaste, Teeth Whitening & Mouthwash

Homemade toothpaste with coconut oil is ideal because it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Mix coconut oil with baking soda and brush your teeth. Remember to store your homemade toothpaste in a cool place, as coconut oil turns to liquid above 23 degrees Celsius.

Beauty vlogger on YouTube, Matana Lacey, shows us how to use ‘oil pulling’ to whiten your teeth.

5. Weight Loss

Coconut oil is a healthy fat without any trans fats and it can help you lose weight. It’s easily digested, promotes healthy functioning of the thyroid gland, increases body metabolism by reducing stress on the pancreas, and burns more energy, which leads to weight loss. Because coconut oil has lesser calories than other oils, its fat is easily converted into energy. Get some coconut in you to get that body back in shape.

If you like to drink smoothies, Zac from Raw Cave , shows you how you can add coconut oil to your favourite smoothie.

6. Hair Treatment

Coconut oil can also make a great hair conditioner. Leave it on for 15 minutes and have a healthy and shiny hair. Afterwards shampoo your hair, rinse, and style normally as usual.

KrystleClearBeauty shares her remedy to fixing dry and damaged hair.

 

7. Deodorant

Coconut oil can be applied directly to your skin to eliminate odours. The lauric acid in coconut oil kills odour-causing bacteria.

Many people who regularly consume coconut oil experience less sickness.
Renowned coconut oil experts like Mary Enig and Bruce Fife recommend the average person eat about three tablespoons of coconut oil each day. This amount will not only provide protection against bacteria and viruses, but it will also increase your metabolism and improve the condition of your skin and hair, in addition to many other benefits. To reap the full benefits of using coconut oil, choose a high-quality source that offers coconut oil in its best form: organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin.

Watch this video below by Dr. Bruce Fife on the benefits of coconut oil.

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