24 Coconut Oil Health Benefits

Coconut oil has lots of very good benefits. This article is a list of them. Coconut oil is fairly cheap, so it would be a shame not to reap in all of the good it can do for you.

Coconut Oil Health Benefits

  1. Heart Health

There is a kind of acid called lauric acid that helps in a multitude of ways. Lauric acids keeps blood pressure and cholesterol levels down, it prompts the repair and healing of arteries. In women, the same acid can help to keep their lipid levels in check as they enter menopause.

broccoli, peas, beans, carrot, steamed, high choleserol

Steamed veggies are another food that can help to keep cholesterol levels low

  1. Healthy Hair

You can sometimes find different hair products with coconut oil in them and for good reason. Using coconut oil in your hair routine, almost daily, can lead to faster growing, shinier, and thicker hair. This oil can also help to repair you hair, tame frizzing ,limit protein loss, and put a stop to dandruff.  

To use coconut oil for your hair, you can either find hair masks in stores or recipes online, or you can simply massage it into your scalp.

 

  1. Losing Weight

The fatty acids in coconut oil have been used to assist in the losing of extra weight. The oil also helps you to digest which can lead to your body getting rid of unwanted toxins that much faster. Your body digesting easier lessens some of the stress hormones that your brain releases to help you to digest.

 

  1. Treating Dry Skin

Coconut oil has been used to for centuries as a lotion for dry skin. This oil is also known to help with skin infections (including but not limited to) dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. You can also use coconut oil to remove makeup, moisturize your face, to shave with instead of shaving cream, and to heal your cuticles.

 

  1. Healthy Teeth

Coconut oil helps with the absorption of calcium which is exactly what your teeth need to stay healthy. So adding coconut to you diet will help your teeth to stay strong, fight gingivitis, and keep the formation of plaque at bay. Coconut oil even whitens your teeth.   

 

  1. Boost Immune System

Lauric, caprylic, and capric acids; and antimicrobial lipids are all compounds that  help to build your immune system. These four compounds are all found in coconut oil and have been known to help stave off influenza, SARS, HIV, measles, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis, and herpes.

Other infections, viruses, and other ailments coconut fights are gonorrhea, urinary tract and throat infections, ringworm causing yeast and fungi, pneumonia, thrush, athlete’s foot, and diaper rash.

common cold

Having a high immune system means having a lower chance of getting sick

  1. Protects Against Bacteria

Coconut oil is very protective with natural chemical layer that keeps things out. This Chemical barrier keeps out bacteria, dust, viruses, and dust. This oil can also heal bruises in a faster time.

 

  1. Organ Health

Organs are fairly easy to damage if you do not keep them healthy. Coconut oil can help with that. Fatty acids and triglycerides prevent diseases in the gallbladder, liver, and kidneys. Coconut oil stop kidney stones from forming, while assisting in dissolving them if they do. This oil is even used in curing pancreatitis.

 

  1. Calming

Rubbing virgin coconut oil into your scalp has been known to alleviate stress. If the virgin coconut oil does not seem to help, you can try using an aromatherapy oil with a pure coconut carrier oil.

 

  1. Strong Bones

Coconut oil makes it easier for your body to take in minerals and other nutrients. By adding coconut oil to your diet, you are helping your body to better absorb magnesium and calcium. Not only are these minerals important for your bones, but they are also chief warriors in the battle some people have against osteoporosis.

 

  1. Diabetes

The secretion of insulin and leveling of blood sugar are both caused by pure coconut oil. In addition, blood glucose is also used more effectively.

pineapple, diabetes

While eating coconut oil can’t cure diabetes, it can help to manage the symptoms

 

  1. Alzheimer’s

While this study is still being conducted, research is beginning to show that people with Alzheimer’s are having slightly fewer issues with the disease when they add coconut oil to diet than those who do not.

 

  1. Improve Energy Levels

The fat coconut is changed into energy pretty easily. So rather than a cup of coffee in the morning, trying adding some coconut oil to your breakfast. Or if you discover that it does not work for you, try mixing some coconut oil into your coffee. You should get the effect of the caffeine without the sudden crash later on.     

 

  1. Treats Arthritis

The antioxidants in coconut help to treat arthritis. On top of keeping it down, it helps to calm in inflammation that comes with the arthritis. You can either add coconut oil to your diet or rub the oil on painful joints to treat arthritis with coconut oil.

 

  1. Muscle Building

There are medium-chain fatty acids that are often found in drinks drunk to build muscle. Rather than spending money on name brand muscle-building shakes, try making smoothies with real fruits and add in some coconut oil.

 

  1. Candida

Candida is a kind of yeast infection. The lauric and capric acid found in coconut oil helps to stop and treat candida and other yeast infections. To really get rid of the infection, restrain from consuming refined grains and processed sugar. In addition to cutting those from your diet, add (or just eat) three tablespoons of coconut oil to your diet throughout the day. This is especially helpful for oral candida.

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A photo of oral candida by James Heilman, MD

  1. Hormone Balance

The fatty acids are known to help women going into and already in menopause. The acids help to keep the woman’s hormones levels to limit mood swings, depression, and anxiety.

 

  1. Anti-Aging

Detoxifying compounds in the coconut oil are known to help the liver to do what it’s supposed to. With the liver working well, it take more stress off your body which helps to slow how quickly you age.

You can just add coconut oil to your diet or you can try eating different berries that are known for having antioxidants with the coconut oil. If you cannot bare the taste, try using the coconut oil like a lotion.

 

  1. It’s Slick

While this is not completely a health benefit, it may still interest some people. Instead of using a man-made oil for making things easier, try using coconut oil. It is an oil, so it lubricates; coconut oil kills bacteria and fungi; it moisturizes. It can help to keep you infection free when trying to be more natural when trying to conceive.

 

  1. Seizures

Whether to help aging adults or people with epilepsy, there are compounds in coconut oil that have been known to help stop or lessen the number of seizures the person has. Add coconut to your diet to use it as a home remedy for seizures.

 

  1. Natural Lip Balm

For an all natural balm, try spreading some coconut oil over your lips. The minerals in coconut repair the skin of your lips while keeping your lips soft and smooth.

coconut oil

Solidified coconut oil or liquid coconut oil can both be used on the lips to make them softer

  1. Bad Breath

For this one, you do not even have to eat the coconut oil. For this, you warm the oil slightly and swish it around your mouth for about thirty seconds before spitting out. Bad breath is caused by bacteria that grows in your mouth. By swishing the coconut oil, the antibacterial components in the oil kill the bacteria, henceforth, no more bad breath.

 

  1. Body Odor

Since coconut oil is antibacterial, the compounds in the oil help to kill the bacteria that thrive in your underarms and turn you sweat into the acids that smell. Try rubbing some coconut oil directly onto your underarms like a deodorant. You can use it on other sweaty body parts to reduce body odor as well.

 

  1. Improving Sleep

Some people find coconut to be just as soothing as lavender or camomile. If you think it would help, try mixing some of the oil into a cup of tea or warm milk before bed.    

tea, mango, cup, cough

Coconut oil does not have much flavor to it, so it will not change the taste of the drink much

Too much of anything can do serious damage and it goes the same way with coconut oil. Not only that, but also, some people with nut allergies until into allergic reactions with coconuts. So before following and trying to see coconut oil helps you with any of the things listed above, please talk to your doctor to make sure that you are not allergic to coconut oil if you are unsure.    

 

References

https://wellnessmama.com/5734/coconut-oil/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/eat-coconut-oil/

https://www.eatthis.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil/

https://www.prevention.com/beauty/a20428276/coconut-oil-cures-for-your-skin-and-hair/

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