Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
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Since centuries coconut oil has been used for cooking. Researchers have recorded the tremendous health benefits derived from coconut oil. In 1981, Prior et al concluded; coconut oil lowers cholesterol and it directly stimulates the thyroid function. In the presence of adequate thyroid hormone, LDL-cholesterol gets converted to essential anti-aging steroids, pregnenolone, progesterone and DHEA. Consequently, these hormones are responsible for healthy heart, and fights against cancer, senility, obesity and chronic degenerative diseases. Such huge benefits are derived from processing of the coconut kernel. Due to its high nutritional value, it is used as an important ingredient in toiletries like soaps, skin creams, hair oils, shampoos and body lotions.
Due to its low calorific content, it’s consumed by body-builders and jocks. Being light it’s easily digestible and prevents constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Effective in treating diabetes since it has the ability to control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin that regulates and utilizes the blood glucose levels. Patients with kidney stones and gall bladder diseases must consume the oil because it dissolves kidney stones and prevent from recurring.
An effective ingredient for the immune system as it contains many helpful lipids and acids that regulate the body’s defense mechanism. Antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid that have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It fights harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa like giardia lamblia. When applied externally on an open wound or infection it accelerates the healing process and simultaneously protects the sensitive area from dust, bacteria, fungi and virus.
Due to its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, it destroys viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, cytomegalovirus, SARS and even HIV. It kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and gonorrhea. Demolishes fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush and diaper rash. Again, very effective in treating skin diseases like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other dermatological infections.
Since it contains short and medium-chain fatty acids, plays a vital role in slicing extra flab.
Being rich with anti-ageing properties it reduces the occurrence of injuries in arteries, and prevents arteriosclerosis. Also, maintains the health of the heart.
Coconut oil is supposedly the best nutrition for healthy scalp and lustrous hair. It moisturizes the scalp, hence prevents dandruff and lice in addition to regular hair growth. An effective remedy for treating headaches and relieving stress and mental fatigue.
You can prepare delicious salads in coconut oil. Here’s the recipe:
4 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2-tsp dry mustard
Spike or other seasoning to taste
Add the above ingredients to your blender. Slowly dribble 3/4-cup coconut oil and 1/4-cup extra virgin olive oil. Blend until smooth. And add to the mayonnaise. Your thick, creamy and sumptuous salad dressing is ready in a jiffy!
The nutritional, psychological, physical and absolute wellness benefits verify the traditional belief that coconut is “The Tree of Life”. Abandoning unhealthy lifestyles and reverting to natural foods can guarantee a reverse of many diseases manifesting our body.