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Health and Beauty benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil’s benefits for skin and hair are emphasized a lot in our country, and why not , coconut oil has such characteristics that in whatever way you choose to use it, it will only do you good. Whether taken internally or used externally coconut oil is extremely beneficial.
Coconut oil is extracted from matured coconuts. The manufacturing process is such that first, coconut milk is first made, from the milk, oil is extracted.
Depending on whether coconut oil is taken internally or externally, benefits of coconut oil are in hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength.
These benefits of coconut oil are because of its components which include lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. Incredibly, lauric acid is the same compound that can be found in breast milk. And we all know that breast milk is packed with nutrients and disease-fighting ingredients that help keep babies healthy. So in a way, coconut oil is to adults, what breast milk is to babies.
Benefits of Coconut oil –
1. Skin Care
When applied on face and body, coconut oil acts as an effective moisturizer, it especially works great on dry skin by preventing dryness and flaking of skin. The coconut oil will exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells, and will make skin softer and smoother. It works by penetrating into the deep layers of the skin to strengthen the underlying tissues. Coconut oil also delays wrinkles, crow’s feet and sagging of skin which come with age.
2. Hair Care
Coconut oil is best nutrition for hair. It promotes healthy growth of hair providing them with a shiny
texture. It is extremely useful if applied a few hours before shampooing. If need be, coconut oil can be applied after shampooing to keep hair shiny. It is also a good conditioner and helps in the re-growth of dull, damaged hair. It also provides the essential nutrients for nourishing damaged hair
3. Stress Relief
Coconut oil is extremely soothing and thus helps in reducing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage for a few minutes helps in lowering physical and mental fatigue. Heating oil and then massaging on muscles and joints will relax and rejuvenate your body. It is excellent massage oil and 20 minutes of massage on body before bath will give you radiant and youthful skin.
4. Weight Loss
There is science to suggest that Virgin coconut oil has the ability to help stimulate your metabolism. Virgin coconut oil is not hydrogenated and has no cholesterol. Thus coconut oil is preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are on strict diet. The reason behind this is that coconut oil has lesser calories compared to other oils. In fact, its fat content is converted into energy and it also does not lead to accumulation of fat in heart and arteries. Coconut oil finally, helps you intensify energy levels and endurance.
5. Heart Diseases
There are many misconception and controversies whether coconut oil is good or bad for the heart. This is because coconuts contain a large quantity of saturated fats. Scientifically it has been proven that, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems. Even though saturated fats should be avoided, the saturated fats present are in coconut oil are not harmful. It does not lead to adding LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) levels. Coconut oils work in favour of your heart by reducing high cholesterol and high BP.
Apart from helping your heart, coconuts also help in supporting your immune system, proper functioning of your thyroid gland and providing you with instant energy source.
Coconut oil smells and tastes amazing, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t bring coconut oil in our daily beauty routines and daily cooking.
Fun facts about coconuts –
Coconut oil was the world’s leading vegetable oil until soybean oil took over in the 1960s.
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
Falling coconuts kill 150 people every year, this is 10 times the number of people killed by sharks.
Coconuts are used as ‘prasadam’ in temples because of its property to provide instant energy.