Coconut oil has multiple health and beauty benefits. It can easily be called as miracle oil as this can be an all rounder from providing good taste in your food to keeping you glowing and fit. This is easily available, doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket and if you want, you can even make it in your own kitchen.
Now let us come to the benefits of this miracle oil.
a. 91 % of this oil is made of healthy saturated fat
b. Unlike other fatty acids these are easier to digest.
c. Instead being stored as fat they are readily and easily converted into energy.
To know how to make virgin coconut oil at home, do check this video.
Health benefits of coconut oil-
1. Helps in Weight loss –
As mentioned already instead being stored as fat, it burns off as energy. It also reduces appetite leading to reduced food consumption. Another attractive thing about coconut oil is it burns bad fat and also calories. Studies have shown that regular consumption of coconut oil in limited amounts reduces belly fat.
2. Coconut oil reduces Hormone imbalance –
Due to presence of lauric acid it helps in balancing hormones naturally. It advisable to use coconut oil in your diet during menopause as it may have positive effects on estrogen.
3. Improves condition of type -2 diabetes –
It reduces the load on pancreas as the MFAs in coconut oil help regulate insulin reactions and they give the body a consistent energy source which is not depended on glucose reactions in turn help in preventing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
4. Reduces and prevents osteoporosis –
Osteoporosis is very common in women, especially in middle aged woman. Coconut oil increases calcium absorption. Regular intake coconut oil increases bone density. It is also rich in anti oxidants which fights free radicals. According to Ayurveda this oil is nourishing and strengthening in nature. This is one of the natural ways to treat osteoporosis.
5. Coconut oil improves digestion and reduces stomach ulcers –
It helps body to absorb fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. The bonus is, it also has anti microbial properties killing bad bacteria in the gut and improving natural gut flora.
Other health benefits of coconut oil are
- Prevents Heart diseases
- Helps in Alzheimer’s
- Prevents high blood pressure
- Protects Liver
- Boosts Immune system
- Increases memory
- Helps in building muscle and muscle growth
- Reduces yeast infections
Coming to beauty benefits of coconut oil –
There are countless micro and macro benefits. Although I did not mention each and every one of them, I pretty much covered all major benefits.
6. Reduces signs of aging –
It is rich in anti oxidants when taken internally and has very hydrating and deep penetrating moisturizing effects when used externally. Regular use and intake of this miracle oil reduces signs of aging improve skin health drastically.
7. Promotes hair growth and reduces split ends and frizz-
As we already discussed it helps you absorb all fat soluble vitamins which are very important in maintenance of skin and hair. You can also use this externally on your hair to avoid split ends, frizz and dryness. When frizz and dryness are controlled hair breakage is controlled.
8. Coconut oil clears skin problems and improves skin texture-
It is rich in anti oxidants, moisturizing and healing properties. This helps in sun burns, dryness, itchy skin and aging skin. Regular use of coconut oil also reduces hyper pigmentation and gives even tone to skin.
9. Gives healthy gums and teeth –
Using this miracle oil in the process of gandusha ( oil pulling ) will improve the health of your gums due to its nourishing and anti microbial properties. Regular use makes your gums healthier.
10. Coconut oil reduces acne scars appearance of stretch marks –
As we discussed again and again about its anti oxidants, these anti oxidants present in coconut oil reduces acne scars with regular usage. It also reduces appearance of stretch marks on your skin to a great extent.
Coconut oil also helps in reducing sun burns and severe sun tan, However keep in mind that applying coconut oil or any kind of oil before stepping into sun will only improve the damage. Use this to reduce sun burn and tan at the end of the day, preferably as night treatment.
Keep in mind that using organic coconut oil is very important to gain these benefits. Most of the store bought oils are chemically treated hence harmful.
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