Coconut oil has been concidered as a superfood because of its numerous health benefits.
The coconut oil is a natural combination of fatty acids that has many positive health effects such as fat loss, hair care, improved digestion and immunity and improved brain function.
Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids which are lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid which are easily digested in your body via a three step process and provide a perfect source of energy. The oils don’t get stored in your body as fats because they are processed in the liver hence are converted to energy. Moreover, the MCFAs are smaller in size hence allows for easier cell permeability to ensure production of immediate energy.
Here are amazing health benefits of coconut oil.
Skin and hair care
Coconut oil is used as an excellent massage oil because it is an effective moisturizer for all types of skin. It significantly helps in preventing flaking and dryness of your skin. Moreover, it has anti-aging properties because it delays the sagging of your skin and appearance of wrinkles. It is essential in treating many skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis among other skin infections. It has antioxidant properties hence prevent degenerative diseases and premature aging.
Besides, it helps in ensuring a healthy growth of your hair and gives them a shiny quality. It helps in reducing protein loss and boosts the regrowth process hence assists in nourishing and healing damaged hair. The oil keeps your hair scalp free from dandruff as well as lice and lice eggs.
Essential in combating heart diseases and boosting your heart health
Coconut oil contains a lot of saturated fats that are beneficial for your heart. Lauric acid in the oil helps in the prevention of some heart problems such as high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol. Coconut oil does not cause any increase in (LDL) Low-density lipoproteins level which is the bad cholesterol levels and also reduces the cases of damage and injury to your arteries which in a way combats arteriosclerosis. It also greatly helps in maintaining the healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.
Boosts your immunity and aids in healing of infections and other diseases
Coconut oil contains antimicrobial lipids, capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid that have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that will strengthen your immune system. Lauric acid in coconut oil is converted into monolaurin by your body so as to help in dealing with bacteria in viruses such as influenza, cytomegalovirus, herpes and HIV.
It also helps in combating candidiasis which is always caused by an excessive and uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans in your stomach.
The acids in the oil help in relieving inflammation caused by the candida as it eliminates the Candida Albicans. Moreover, it also assists in healing and the treatment of infections whereby they are applied to the affected areas of your body and the oil will form a layer that will protect the area from external effects such as fungi, bacteria, external dust and viruses. It also helps in killing the bacteria that cause throat infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, ulcers and urinary tract infections.
Aids in weight loss
Coconut oil contains a lot of saturated fatty acids that assist in cutting off the extra weight in your body. It improves the function of the thyroid and endocrine system as well as the pancreas hence increases the metabolic rate of your body which reduces stress levels and burns more energy that will aid in losing weight by both obese and overweight people.