We're crazy for coconuts! Not only are they extremely nutritious and their content is quite rich in fiber, but they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. The coconut palm is actually viewed as the tree of life. And thankfully, its (very) long list of health benefits that is passed on from a generation to another has now for the most part been validated by modern science.
Coconut oil, most popular form of Coconut is used around the world to treat a vast spectrum of health conditions for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It’s medicinal uses are many and varied...
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Heart-Healthy. Coconut oil is beneficial for the heart since it contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils.
Skin Care. Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry and mature skin. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Try rubbing coconut oil on wrinkles and sagging skin can help rejuvenate it by strengthening the tissues. Applying the same method is also a great way to fight off skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Immunity. Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Weight Loss. Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight.
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