Coconut has been an integral part of many cuisines around the world. Coconut flesh or milk is used in diet. The oil has been known for its benefits on skin, hair, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
Coconut keeps your hair healthy. This has been the most common use of coconut oil for generations. Coconut oil boosts the health of hairs by reducing protein loss.Coconut oil is a very good moisturizer for your skin. It has been used since centuries during winters not just on skin but also on heels and lips. Research has shown that coconut oil improves dermatitis and other skin disorders. Coconut is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, hence it speeds up healing of wounds. Coconut oil can also be used as sunscreen. If applied on skin, coconut oil can protect one from ultra violet rays of Sun, which is known to raise risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkling and brown spots.
Metabolism and weight loss
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are fatty acids that are quickly absorbed and can increase the number of calories one burns.further the MCTs also increases the feeling of fullness which results in lesser calorie intake. Various studies have also shown that coconut oil can reduce belly fat which is the cause for many health issues. Virgin coconut oil has antibacterial properties that can help treat infections in intestines.
Dental and bone wellness
Coconut oil can be a powerful weapon against bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria in your mouth that causes dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease. Research has also shown that coconut oil can be effective in decreasing pain in arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that the antioxidants in virgin coconut oil may protect bone health by neutralizing free radicals, which can damage bone cells
Other health benefits
Research have shown that coconut oil can be highly effective against several brain disorders, including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
Candida albicans is the fungus responsible for yeast infections, which commonly occur in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the mouth or vagina. Research has shown that coconut oil is highly effective against the infection.
Coconut oil has been quite popular to clear makeup on the face as it is able to clear the cosmetics. Apply with a cotton pad and wipe gently until all traces of makeup are gone.
Natural oils have been used effectively in repelling bugs and insects, apply coconut oil on your skin and you have a defense against mosquitoes.