Coconut and Coconut Oil – How Are They Beneficial?

Coconut and Coconut Oil – How Are They Beneficial?

The coconut tree belongs to Arecaceae family. The usage of Coconuts, coconut oil and its products date back to centuries. It has been used for ages because its offers innumerable amount of benefits. In various cultures, the coconut tree is considered to be the “tree of life”.  It has 3 essential parts; The other husk, the inner core fibre known as ‘coir, the ‘white meat’ known as ‘copra’.

Coconuts are widely known for their high nutritious value. They are enriched with fiber, minerals ( Calcium, selenium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, sodium) and Vitamins (B1, B3, B5, B6, C, E) contents.

Coconut Water

Extraction: The coconut water is the liquid extracted from green fresh coconuts.
Taste: The coconut water is nutty-sweet in taste and serves with various benefits.
Benefits:

  • Has very low amount of calories.
  • Low sugar content
  • Low sodium
  • Greatly used for hydrating, especially by athletes.
  • Rich in potassium content, i.e. equivalent to the amount of potassium present in almost 4 bananas.

 


Coconut Milk

Unlike the milk obtained from cow; i.e. high in lactose and fatty acids, the coconut milk is 100% lactose-free and can be consumed as a replacement to cow’s milk in case you are lactose intolerant.

Extraction and making:

  • Take flesh ‘white’ portion of a coconut and grated it
  • Soak this grated coconut in water
  • Keep it in a cool dry place until a creamy froth floats on the colution
  • Skim off the ‘cream’ from the top.
  • Squeeze out the milk from the residue, using cheesecloth
  • Repeat the above mentioned steps until a liquid with milk consistency is achieved.

The benefits we can get from consumption of coconut milk are almost the same as using raw coconut since the milk is  extracted from the coconut’s ‘meat’.

Benefits:

  • Rich in Medium-chain Saturated Fatty Acids
  • Boosts metabolic activity
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Prevent heart attack

Coconut Husk


The husk of coconut; known as ‘coir ‘ is the natural outer fibrous part of the coconut extracted from the husk. It is very durable.

Benefits:

Coconut coir is used for the making of following products:

  • Bowls
  • Brushes
  • Carpets
  • Floor mats
  • Pots
  • Ropes
  • Ornaments
  • Strings
  • As fuel

Coconut Oil

The essential oil extracted from coconut is greatly used for its wide range of benefits. The researchers and nutritionists debate on its potential.

Extraction of Coconut oil:

The Essential oil is extracted from the dried white part of the coconut; also known as the ‘copra’. Take copra and press it mechanically for extracting pure oil.

Constituents of Coconut oil: The oil constitutes of:

  • Saturated fat
    The oil is made up of about 80% of saturated fat containing medium-chain fatty acids; MCFA. It is easy to digest and is good for overall health.
  • Lactic Acid
    This makes up 40% of the saturated fat. It is great for immune system
  • Caprylic Acid
    Serves as an Anti-microbial and Anti-bacterial 
  • Capric Acid
    Acts as Anti-microbial and immune strengthening agent.

Health- related Benefits:

  1. Anti- Inflammation
  2. Anti-bacterial
    Curing Candida other yeast infections.
  3. Digestion
  4. Preventing Obesity
  5. Increasing metabolism
  6. Health of Heart
  7. Boosting memory and brain functionality
    Alzheimer
  8. Controlling Cholesterol in Blood
  9. Relieving Stress
  10. Dental health
  11. Strengthening Gums and teeth
  12. Prevention of Osteoporosis
  13. Arthritis
  14. Nail growth 
  15. Pregnancy
  16. Effect on Thyroid
  17. Effect on Kidney, Liver and Gallbladder 
  18. Hormone balancing
  19. Controlling Seizures
  20. Curing Diarrhea
  21. Skincare
    Eczema, Acne, sunburn
  22. Strengthening muscles 
  23. For hair care
  24. Treating Cancer
  25. Treating Type-1 Diabetes
  26. As an Anit-Allergy
  27. Boosting immune system
  28. Treating Soar throat and flu
  29. Treating Baby diaper rash
  30. For pets
  31. Improve sleep and insomnia

Daily Life Use at Home:

  • As Skin Cleanser
  • In making of Deodorant
  • As Sunscreen
  • As a moisturizer
  • Homemade candies
  • Coconut chocolate bars
  • In making of homemade Coconut Soap
  • As a Lubricant
  • For nail growth
  • For Hair growth
  • As an Aftershave
  • Smoothies and shakes
  • As a carrier oil
  • Coconut dog treats
  • Toothpaste
  • Homemade vapo-rub
  • Remove pregnancy birth and stretch marks
  • Lice treatment
  • Bug Repellent
  • In Food as replacement of Vegetable oils
  • In making a Homemade lotion
  • As Lip and Body Balm
  • Baby lotion for Diaper rash
  • For Tanning
  • For swimming to avoid chlorine

Side effects of Coconut, Coconut water or Coconut oil

Few of the probable side effects are:

  1. Acne
  2. Diarrhea
  3. May be bad for heart
  4. Dizziness
  5. Constipation
  6. Flatulence
  7. Join pain

With an academic background in Food Sciences, Klaire is interested to read about the latest news on nutrition, therapeutic benefits of foods and health. She is a practicing dietician with a focus on improving women’s health. Before joining the team, she has worked as a researcher and freelance writer.

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