The benefits of coconut oil are tremendous and numerous. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric, caprylic, and its antimicrobial properties, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, etc.
How does our body use lauric acid?
Our body turns lauric acid into monolaurin that fights viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus HIV, Listeria monocytogenes, etc. Although the exact formula of action is still unknown, coconut oil has been widely used in Ayurveda, the Indian system of traditional medicine.
Before proceeding to the benefits of coconut oil in detail, we need to understand the components.
Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent saturated fat. Do not panic! Read to the end – your opinion can and will change! It has little traces of unsaturated fatty acids such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is no different from this. Let’s see some more detailed components:
* Saturated fatty acids: most are medium chain triglycerides and should assimilate well. Lauric Acid is the chief contributor, with more than forty percent of the shares, followed by capric acid, caprylic, myristic and palmitic.
* Polyunsaturated fatty acids: linoleic acid.
Monounsaturated Fatty Acids *: oleic acid.
* Poly-phenols: Gallic acid, which is a phenolic acid. These poly-phenols are supposed to be responsible for the aroma and taste of coconut oil and coconut virgin oil is rich in these poly-phenols.
* Certain derivatives of fatty acids as betaines, Ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, polysorbates acids, monoglycerides and polyol esters.
* Chloride fat and fatty alcohol sulfate ether sulfate, fatty alcohol, all of which are derived from fatty alcohols.
*Vitamin E, vitamin K and minerals such as iron.
The benefits of coconut essential oil include the following:
Coconut oil is very soothing and helps eliminate stress. Massaging your head with this oil will help you relieve mental fatigue.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural products for hair care. It helps in healthy growth of hair, giving it shine. Regular massage of the scalp using coconut oil ensures the absence of dandruff, parasites, and good skin hydration. It is an excellent conditioner and helps hair growth. It also provides essential proteins required for repairing damaged hair. We can find it in various conditioners, creams, and shampoos.
Coconut oil is excellent for skin massage also. It is often compared with mineral oil, but unlike it, there is no chance of experiencing negative side effects on the skin. It is a safe remedy for dryness and flaking skin, moisturizing and healing. It is successfully used in various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other infections. Therefore, this oil forms the basic ingredient in various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc.
Due to its high amount of antioxidants coconut oil prevents early aging and degenerative diseases.
Heart disease: there is a misconception spread among many people who say that coconut oil is bad for the heart because it contains a large amount of saturated fat. However, it is beneficial for the heart because it contains about 50% lauric acid, which keeps in check high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens with other oils, and it does not lead to increased levels of LDL. It also reduces the incidence of injuries in arteries and, therefore, helps prevent atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil does wonders in helping reducing weight. It contains medium and long chain fatty acids, which helps eliminate excess weight. It is also easy to digest and helps the healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Moreover, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress, thus burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce weight. Therefore people living in tropical coastal areas, and consuming coconut oil daily as cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.
Why is recommended to use coconut oil as a cooking oil? It helps improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion issues, including irritable bowel syndrome. The oil also plays a big part in the absorption of other nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Many digestive problems are caused by bad bacteria and fungi that live in the stomach. The saturated fats from the oil can help your body establish the normal equilibrium once again.
The immune system has a strong ally in coconut oil. The antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal properties, antibacterial and antiviral, are essential. The human body transforms lauric acid into monolaurin and that fights viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as influenza, herpes, cytomegalovirus.
When applied to an infection, coconut oil forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body of external enemies. The oil is most effective for bruises because is causing a speedy recovery by repairing damaged tissues.
The liver benefits from coconut oil by having a big help from the medium chain triglycerides. They are easily converted to energy, so the workload of the liver is greatly reduced.
Coconut oil also helps in dissolving kidney stones, kidney disease prevention, and gallbladder.
Coconut oil promotes healthy blood sugar levels and improves insulin secretion. It also helps in the efficient use of blood glucose, by that preventing and treating diabetes. It improves the body’s ability to absorb minerals. These include magnesium and calcium, which are necessary for bone development. It is very useful for women who are prone to osteoporosis.
Coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body and helps in getting strong teeth. It stops tooth decay.
Is believe that this miracle oil plays an essential role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research showed indications of reducing viral load in HIV patients.
Finally, coconut oil is often used by athletes, bodybuilders and people who keep a diet. Why? Coconut oil fat is healthy and it provides a strong boost of energy without putting a burden on the body.