Recently, there is no doubt that the popularity of coconut oil has skyrocketed, and there is a great reason for that. Actually, there are at least 50 good reasons for it!
Coconut (C. Nucifera) is a part of the Arecaceae (Palmae) family and belongs to the subfamily Cocoideae. Its flesh is rich in healthy acids, and its composition of fat may vary depending on its processing process and type.
Namely, medium-chain saturated fatty acids are around 90% of its content, combined with a small portion of polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fatty acids.
The human body easily digests, absorbs and uses medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA’s), as they freely cross the blood-brain barrier in the unbound form, meaning that they may be used to promote neurological health and provide energy.
Virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is extremely useful, and at the same time, it is tasty, cheap, readily available, and entirely natural. Moreover, it has powerful health-promoting properties, such as:
Antioxidant properties (prevents the formation of free radicals and the damage they cause)
Anti-microbial/ Infection-fighting properties ( it effectively kills viruses, yeast, bacteria, protozoa and parasites)
It enhances the absorption of nutrients (it is easily digestible; and makes fat-based vitamins, like vitamin K, E, D, A, more available to the body)
It is nontoxic to both, animals and humans
Powerful anti-carcinogenic properties
Therefore, this oil is absolutely remarkable for use in numerous cases.
Internal Health Problems
If taken internally, coconut oil prevents, alleviates and helps numerous health issues, as follows:
Chronic and adrenal Fatigue
Diabetes – coconut oil prevents food cravings and stabilizes blood sugar levels
Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchial Infections
Asthma – in both, adults, and children
Acid Re-flux/Indigestion – In this case, consume coconut oil after meals
Mild Depression and Cognitive Disease –In this case, take coconut oil in combination with fish oil, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and other treatment methods
Allergies – seasonal hay fever
Cholesterol – improves the ratio of HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) in individuals with high cholesterol levels
Gas – The imbalance of bacteria in the gut often leads to foul gas. This oil has mild anti-microbial properties and thus re-establishes healthy gut flora
Colds and Flues – Coconut oil has potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and is extremely useful in case of colds and flu
Flaky, dry skin- Insufficient amounts of oil lead to dandruff and dry skin
Poor Circulation – If you constantly feel cold or in the case fo edema, particularly in the extremities, apply this oil to the skin in a circular motion towards the heart.
Kidney Disease and Stones – it is really helpful as it dissolves small stones in the kidneys
Epilepsy – Coconut oil may effectively reduce epileptic seizures
Hemorrhoids – You should apply coconut oil externally or internally two times a day
Heart Disease – it provides protection for arteries from injury that leads to atherosclerosis
Topical Health Problems
The topical use of coconut oil relieves, treats and helps in the case of the following health conditions:
Decongestant – If you are congested due to an allergy or a cold, you should rub some coconut oil on the chest and under your nose
Pink eye – You should apply coconut oil to the eye and around it
Allergies/Hay Fever – For fast relief, you should rub a little coconut oil inside the nostrils, and the pollen will cling to the oil.
Head Lice – Apply it topically
Herpes – You should take it orally and apply it topically
Ear infection – It fights the infection, and in order to reduce the pain, you should pour several drops of coconut and garlic oil inside the ear two times during the day
Personal Hygiene and the Body
Body Scrub – You should mix some salt and this oil, or you can add some other essential oil for a better smell as well, and rub your body. Afterward, wash the mixture off and your skin will be incredibly soft!
Bruises – It reduces redness and swelling, and thus accelerates the healing process. Apply it directly to the bruise.
Dandruff – Oil secretion may be one of the most common causes of dandruff. Coconut oil reduces it, as well as it moisturizes the scalp and alleviates the dandruff symptoms.
Burns – It promotes healing and prevents scars. Therefore, apply it immediately on the burn and continue using it until you solve the issue.
Skin Conditions – It provides relief in the case of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Wrinkle Prevention and reduction – rub some coconut oil on the wrinkles and sagging skin, and you will strengthen the connective tissues and rejuvenate the skin.
After Shave – Coconut oil successfully heals the skin after shaving and does not clog the pores.
General Health and Wellness
Digestion – Coconut oil contains saturated fats which control fungi and parasites that lead to indigestion and other issues linked to digestion, like irritable bowel syndrome. This fat also helps the absorption of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, and thus promotes overall health.
Bones and Teeth – It helps the absorption of magnesium and calcium and thus enhances the bone and teeth development.
The absorption of vitamins and nutrients – This oil makes the fat-based nutrients, like vitamin D, E, A and K more available to the body
Fitness – It has been proven to support the function of the thyroid, boost the metabolism, and increase energy levels, all of which reduce fat and increase the muscle mass.
Stress Relief – Apply some coconut oil to the head in a circular motion by massaging, and its aroma is relaxing and soothing and will reduce stress.
Weight loss – Coconut oil contains saturated fats which prevent food cravings and promote weight loss.
Gum Health – Oil pulling is one of the most effective treatments in case of gum infections and diseases.
Lung Function – Coconut oil raises the fluidity of cell surfaces.