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March 27, 2012
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is a common natural product and edible oil extracted by wet or dry processing from flashy parts or kernel of cocoa palm fruits (Cocos nucifera). It is known as one of the most stable fats with numerous therapeutic powers which has been used and studied for quite a long period of time. Coconut oil has a variety of applications in industry, can be used as a natural remedy for many health conditions (i.e. many experts point on amazing effects of coconut oil for skin care), and also it can be used in our kitchens for frying. Nowadays, there is a certain controversy in scientific circles regarding this natural product, caused mainly by a high content of saturated fats in coconut oil.
Since increased consumption of saturated fats is linked to elevated levels of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol in blood and higher risks of serious cardiovascular diseases, many world’s leading public health care organizations (including the FDA, ADA, the Department of HSS, etc.) recommend limiting our consumption of coconut oil. However, a number of recent studies have shown that a regular controlled saturated fat consumption is good for our health: it can assist weight loss and support the balance of hormones in the body.
If you are wondering what is coconut oil good for, continue reading the information below.
Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has excellent antibacterial and antiviral properties make this extract an effective remedy for a variety of ailments and diseases like influenza, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sore throat, measles, herpes, food poisoning, and many more. This natural product can be used against all types of fungus and yeast infections. Speeding up metabolism is considered one of the most valuable health benefits of coconut oil which can be used to promote weight loss and rise our energy levels. This natural extract can improve our thyroid gland function and improve our dental health (as a great natural source of calcium).
Coconut oil can be used for preventing type 2 diabetes, improve digestion and support our immune function. Health benefits of coconut oil include antioxidant properties, preventing degenerative diseases and warding off premature aging. Finally, earlier this month it was reported that a group of Oxford University scientists found out that using coconut oil can improve the condition of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists suggest that ketones in coconut oil can assist in temporary memory regaining, and these findings can be very promising for treating dementia-like brain disorders.
Coconut Oil For Skin
Coconut oil is considered on of the best massaging oil in today’s skin care industry. Those who’ve tried using coconut oil for skin care report that this oil works wonders for skin. It moisturizes, tones, softens, and soothes the skin, prevents wrinkles and sagging, creates very strong natural barrier for skin infections and assists in healing cuts, wounds, insect bites, and all sorts of physical damage. This oil can be used even to reduce the symptoms of serious skin diseases like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and others.
It is possible to enjoy all the mentioned beauty and skin health benefits of coconut oil for all skin types. Those who suffer from allergies can try using coconut oil too, because this natural product is considered quite safe. Coconut oil is reported to be an effective UV protection for all types of skin. Massaging this oil in your skin can help lower the effects of stresses, and regular scalp massages with coconut oil can be a great treatment for hair. This natural product can strengthen our hair, prevent hair loss and make our hair look gorgeous. Try using coconut oil for skin and your beauty.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.