Health Benefits of Coconut Oil – Skin Care with Coconut Oil

How to use Coconut Oil to Cure Diseases

coconutoilCoconuts are considered to be so auspicious that they are offered to deities during several rituals and festivities in our country.  The water contained within the nut contains so much glucose, that it immediately energizes the body once consumed.  The inner flesh may be grated and grounded to extract milk which could be used to make various sweet and spicy dishes.  In fact, the entire coconut palm could be utilized in some manner or the other, and hence is referred to as a ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living.’

The coconut palm known as Cocos nucifera bears this fruit, which technically speaking is a drupe and not a nut.  Matured coconuts are harvested and allowed to dry under the hot sunlight.  Once dry, this is then cold pressed or dissolved using solvents to produce the coconut oil.  Oil obtained in this manner is usually of poor quality and unfit for consumption, hence they will need to go through a refining process to make it edible.

Coconut oil contains saturated fats and saturated fatty acids like myristic, lauric, palmitic, caprylic and linoleic acids.  Monosaturated and polysaturated fatty acids are also present, but very less compared to saturated fatty acids.  Coconut oil is very slow to oxidize and comes with a shelf life of up to two years, probably because of its high saturated fat content.

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Let us take a look at the health benefits provided from using virgin coconut oil.

Antiviral/antibacterial/antifungal – The antimicrobial properties found in coconut oil will fight against viral, bacterial and fungal infections of the body.  Thus, this oil can be used for treating candidiasis, throat infections, cold, fever, and other contagious infections affecting the body internally or externally.  At the first sign of these illnesses, switch your regular cooking oil to virgin coconut oil, use it as a salad dressing, or in smoothies and see them disappearing gradually.

Heart Diseases – This may sound surprising, but even with the high saturated fat content that this particular oil has, it is considered to improve the health of one’s heart.  This is due to the fact that the saturated fatty acids are medium-chain fatty acids, that do not display any negative effects on cholesterol.  Instead, studies reveal that virgin coconut oil tends to increase the ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol, thus decreasing one’s risk of developing heart disorders.

Brain Disorders – The main fuel used by the cells of our brain is glucose.  However, as the body ages, certain neurons will be unable to use glucose as it should and leads to its slow death.  With the death of neurons increasing, symptoms of a malfunctioning brain becomes more apparent, like Alzheimer’s.  But such neurons can in reality use another fuel form known as ketone bodies, which could be produced by the liver with the help of medium-chain triglycerides, which is found in abundance in coconut oil.  Thus, regular intake of virgin coconut oil will forestall further death of neurons and prevent any further damage to brain cells.

Skin/scalp Health – Virgin coconut oil has properties that aids in removing dryness from the skin and scalp, in keeping the skin well moisturized, and the nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidant properties that it also contains will keep the skin and scalp well nourished too.

Virgin coconut oil can be combined either with refined sunflower oil or refined rice bran oil to enhance its antioxidant capabilities.

What does Coconut oil Cures ?

Caution – Always ensure that instructions given on the label is followed to the tee while using coconut oil either for cooking or therapeutic purposes.  Some people may experience increased sensitivity to this natural oil, may be because its certain ingredients may not be accepted well by their immune system.  Otherwise, there are not many side effects documented with regular coconut oil use.

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