The Healthiest Oil On Earth

Mar 9, 2011 by

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is one of the most amazing beneficial multi purpose products I ever came across.   It has been called The Healthiest Oil on Earth.

Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Coconuts have been classified as a “functional food” which provides health benefits over and beyond the basic nutrients.  The magic comes from lauric acid as a key ingredient in coconut products.  It contains about 50% of lauric acid.

As a “functional food,” coconut oil is now being recognized by the medical community as a powerful tool against immune diseases.  Several studies have been done on its effectiveness, and incredible nutritional value of pure coconut oil.

In addition to helping with thyroid function and boosting your metabolism, the lauric acid in coconut oil is proven to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, so it helps to boost your immune system and to keep you from getting sick.  The lauric acid helps your body to fight bacterial infections, including strep, viral infections, HIV and herpes.

Another incredible nutrition fact about coconut oil is that even though it is a fat, it actually promotes weight loss.  Because coconut has healthy medium chain fatty acids.  These fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats, they are sent directly to the liver where they immediately converted into energy, and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.  Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.
So the body uses the fat in coconut oil to produce energy, rather than be stored as body fat. It also speeds up your metabolism.

Beneficial therapeutic dosage is 3 to 4 tablespoons a day. This provides enough lauric acid to build the immune system. I take a tea spoon before my meals. Make sure the coconut oil you pick is Virgin, Unrefined and unbleached. You want it in it’s purest form.

Here is a list of few other benefits of Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as digestion in general.

Helps to aid in stress relieve.  Apply coconut oil to your head and rub it into your temples.

In Hair Care Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair.  It helps with healthy hair growth.  It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.   People in India seem to have the best hair.
I use to have a really good friend from India, and she had the most beautiful long hair.   I asked her what she uses, and she brought me this bottle she said it was the Indian secret to beautiful hair.   It was coconut oil.

In Skin Care Coconut oil helps to fight wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age.   Also prevents premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.

Helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.  It is used in variety of body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc.  Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.

Coconut oil has healing properties

When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus.  Most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

Helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases.  It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.

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.

Improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals.  These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones.

Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in getting strong teeth.  It also stops tooth decay.

It is believed that coconut oil plays an big 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.

I have been using Coconut Oil for years, I use it in food, baking, as a skin lotion, I add it to my body scrubs, I apply it to my hair. It is truly a magic product.

You can purchase coconut oil at your local Whole Foods Market, or you can check out the Superfoods store in the link below.

Check out my post about importance of Healthy Fat in your nutrition.  Or check out my other post in Nutrition Facts archives.

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