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The health benefits of
coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining
cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and
metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart disease, high blood
pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These
benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid,
capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial,
antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair.
Coconut oil is very soothing and it helps in removing stress. Applying
coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing
There is a misconception that coconut oil is not
good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of
saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It
contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart
problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The
saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful. It does not lead to
increased LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries
and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Weight Loss: Coconut
oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium chain
fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is easy to digest
and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. It
increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby
burning out more energy, helping obese and overweight people reduce their
You can reduce your food intake, reduce your fat intake, be hungry all the
time, feel miserable, depressed and not lose many pounds. Most people
eventually give up with no lasting or significant weight loss. Each time
you lower your calorie intake you lower your metabolism which requires
less calories to go through the day, which will result in more weight gain
once you give up your diet. It is a vicious cycle. Many people find, that
by changing the fats they have in their diet from the unsaturated long
chain fatty acids, found in seed oils, to the medium chain fatty acids,
found in coconut oil, they gradually over the the weeks and months lose
weight effortlessly. It has been well documented in numerous dietary
studies using both animals and humans, that replacing long chain fatty
acids with medium chain fatty acids results in a decrease in body weight
gain and a reduction in fat deposition.
Coconut oil strengthens the
immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric
acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral
properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is
claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such
as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting
harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori,
and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Healing: When applied on
infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body
part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is
most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing
Coconut oil is very effective
against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and
antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center,
coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis,
herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat
infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc.
Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis,
ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.
You can use coconut oil in your ears when you feel an earache coming
on, and it has been used to cure warts when applied topically, either by
keeping the wart covered for a few weeks with band-aids saturated with the
oil, or applying it frequently throughout the day. Use it in your nose to
relieve dryness and help ward off infections, it's even safe to use in the
eyes if you suffer from dry eyes, or when you feel a stye coming on.
Liver: The presence of medium
chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases.
Are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing
work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.
Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder disease. It also
helps in dissolving kidney stones.
Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion
of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose,
thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
Coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals.
These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of
bones. Coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis
after middle age.
Calcium is an important element present in teeth. Since coconut oil
facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps strengthen teeth.
Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.
HIV and Cancer:
It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing
viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research has
shown indications of the effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load
of HIV patients (Reference).
Numerous studies now show that the high lauric acid content of coconut oil
is very beneficial in attacking viruses, bacteria, other pathogens, and
that it builds the body's immune system just as human mother's milk, which
contains lauric acid.
Coconut oil, because it contains shorter fatty acid chains, is absorbed
into the blood stream and used by the body for energy.
The lauric acid in coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-protozoal,
antiviral, and there could be a die off effect as offending organisms are
removed from the body.
* It is unlikely, but some people could possibly have an allergic
reaction, although coconuts do not fall under the classification of being
Grape Seed Oil
Black Seed Oil