Coconut oil is one of nature’s most powerful wonders. It is readily available, extremely affordable, and offers many health benefits the average person probably would never consider.
In addition to imparting great flavor to food dishes, coconut oil has been known to:
- Kill numerous bacteria, viruses and fungi
- Kill a number of parasites and protozoa
- Prevent the spread of cancer
- Fight infection and enhance the immune system
- Suppress inflammation and repair body tissues
- Promote weight loss
- Moisturize the skin and condition the hair
- Boost energy
Additionally, coconut oil is non-toxic for both humans and animals while having no harmful side effects.
Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
One of the most exciting benefits of coconut oil is its ability to promote weight loss. Not only does it increase energy, but it helps the body burn fat more efficiently by temporarily boosting metabolism. The key lies in the molecular structure of the oil and how the body digests it. Coconut oil contains medium chain triacylglycerols (MCTs), which are shorter and more water-soluble than those in other oils. For this reason, they reach the liver more quickly and are burned for fuel rather than being stored as fat. To reap the benefits, use it for sautéing and in your morning coffee for a sustained energy boost.
I have absolutely loved using coconut oil when cooking lately. The taste is amazing not to mention the aroma when cooking! We have sautéed veggies and replaced regular olive oil and other oils in most dishes. So tasty.
Coconut Oil for Beauty
Coconut oil is a great pre-wash conditioning treatment for your hair. The unrefined oil has a light, pleasant fragrance that won’t overpower your sense of smell. To use, massage the oil into your hair. Cover with a plastic cap and wait at least 2 hours before washing out with your favorite shampoo.
Coconut oil also makes an excellent skin moisturizer. Wash your face as normal. Then rub a tiny amount around your eyes to improve elasticity while minimizing dark circles. Use a very small amount to moisturize other dry areas/patches on your face. Also use the oil to moisturize your entire body after a shower or bath.
The oil may also be used to treat eczema, smooth the hair, and reduce the appearance of scars. Keep in mind a little goes a long way.
Type of Coconut Oil
For best results, select a coconut oil labeled ‘virgin’ or ‘extra virgin’. These oils are extracted using delicate methods such as cold pressing. They contain more antioxidants than other types, but they also have a stronger coconut flavor and aroma.
If you do not necessarily enjoy the taste of coconut, choose refined, or ‘expeller-pressed’, coconut oil. Refined oil has a higher smoke point and can be used in dishes where you do not want the coconut flavor. Before choosing a refined coconut oil, research brands and be sure to select one that doesn’t use harsh chemicals for refinement.
Do you use coconut oil? If so, what is your favorite uses? recipes?