Coconut oil and its Six benefits

Coconut oil and its Six benefits

Coconut oil which has stored extreme benefits for health is rich in saturated fats, which not only increases the healthy cholesterol levels in the body but also converts the bad cholesterols into good cholesterol known as (HDL).Health cholesterol levels do not only reduce the risks of heart diseases but also promotes the heart health as well.

Apart from that, coconut oil has also got ample benefits for the overall health including skin and hairs. Some major benefits include,

1) Skincare

Coconut oil is the best moisturizers for all the skin including the dry skin as well. Being a natural moisturizer, the oil is free from any kind of adverse impacts for the skin.

Not only it soothes the skins but also slows down the aging process by preventing wrinkles and fine lines on the face.

Coconut oil not only, prevent premature aging due to its anti – oxidants properties but also it is a key element in treating various skin diseases such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Therefore it makes one of the core ingredients in many several skin care products.

2) Hair care

From providing nourishing growth to the hairs and bringing life to dull hairs, coconut oil has to offer a significant number of benefits in terms of hair care.

Coconut oil is a widely known hair care product in the world because of its rejuvenating properties. It brings shine and thickness to the hairs. Also, it can help reduce hair fall by preventing the protein loss from the hairs.

It conditions the hairs with and the regular massage of the hair keeps the scalp and hair free from dandruff and lice free.

Research has also suggested that it provides better nourishment to hair damaged by the hydra fatigue.

3) Heart disease

As mentioned in the beginning of the article how coconut oil can turn saturated fats in the good fats efficiently. It is, therefore, a misconception that, coconut oil perhaps is not good for health.

Containing 50% of lauric acid it keeps cholesterol and blood pressure levels under control. It also prevents any damage to arteries and therefore prevents atherosclerosis.

According to one study, it was found that intake of coconut oil maintains the good level of lipid profile in pre-menopausal women.

4) Weight loss

Here comes the good news for the people in the process of losing weight or those who are willing to loose weight. Coconut oil can help you shed extra pounds and can, therefore, compliment your other weight loss efforts.

So how does coconut oil helps to loose weight?

The coconut oil, first of all, reduces the burden over your pancreas increasing the metabolic rate of the body, triggering the rate of digestion.

It is especially effective in women for losing abdominal obesity. And not only it reduces the weight it also keeps in shape the thyroid and endocrine system in good health.

5) Immune system

Containing lots of essential minerals and vitamins such as antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties it adds vital strength to your immune system necessary in keeping illnesses at bay.

The high presence of lauric acid helps in combating with diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like Listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Apart from providing this much nutrient and minerals, coconut oil also helps in better absorption of calcium which is an important element in guaranteeing our tooth health by saving it from decay, gingivitis and gives strong teeth.

Therefore next time does keep in mind these powerful benefits before underestimating the coconut oil.

 

The author is a Medical Microbiologist and a healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.

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