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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

  • Jan 19, 2017

Coconut oil is an amazing superfood, one that offers a surprising number of health benefits! Here are some of the awesome things coconut oil can do for you:

  1. Improve your skin. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that will add a protective layer to your skin. This layer will trap moisture in and keep pollutants out. It’s one of the best natural skin-care remedies on the planet.
  2. Prevent skin dryness. The fatty acids and nutrients in coconut oil will help to prevent dryness, even among those with naturally dry skin.
  3. Reduce skin aging. The antioxidant properties of coconut oil can act as an anti-aging remedy. It will reduce free radical damage to your skin as well as prevent skin conditions like eczema or dermatitis from breaking down skin cells.
  4. Nourish your hair. Coconut oil is rich in nutrients that will protect your hair from damage. It can also prevent the loss of protein that is common with age, ensuring that your hair remains thick, strong, and healthy.
  5. Restores damaged hair. If your hair is damaged by age, pollution, dryness, excessive sunlight, or chemicals, you should try using coconut oil as a remedy. The proteins, minerals, and fatty acids in coconut oil will do wonders to improve the health of your hair and repair the cellular damage.
  6. Promote weight loss. Like all high unsaturated fat foods, coconut oil encourages your body to burn more stored and dietary fat. It also helps to reduce abdominal obesity, increase thyroid and hormone function, and boosts your metabolism.
  7. Improve heart health. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that will increase the good HDL cholesterol, restoring control of bad LDL cholesterol to your body. It can also decrease oxidative stress on the heart, preventing heart attacks and strokes. It will even prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries!
  8. Boost resistance to disease. The various minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids in coconut oil will nourish the beneficial bacteria living in your gut. By encouraging the growth of this bacteria, you ensure your body is able to eliminate the majority of the viral, bacterial, and fungal threats you face every day. Lauric acid (a potent acid in coconut oil) is able to fight off all manner of infections, even dealing with HIV viruses.
  9. Improve digestion. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that makes it excellent for fighting off the microbes that can indigestion, IBS, and other gastrointestinal health problems.
  10. Speed up healing. The nutrients in coconut oil encourages rapid healing of skin tissue, both lacerations and bruising.

As you can see, coconut oil is a truly amazing food. How could you NOT want to add it to your diet?