The benefits of coconut should not be underestimated. Under the hard brown shell, the humble coconut is packed with macronutrients, natural fats, and minerals. The fact that it tastes great doesn’t hurt either. Here we list some of the top reasons why coconut is a superfood:
Coconut oil is good for cooking with as it doesn’t produce harmful by-products like most common cooking oils.
Adding coconut oil to smoothies or steamed food will make the nutrients in your fruits and vegetables more absorbable and also aid in balancing blood sugar.
A teaspoonful of coconut oil before meals makes you feel more full.
Nourishes adrenals and the thyroid for more balanced hormone levels.
The MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) in coconut oil create a sustained energy release for long term energy and also help boost metabolism and speed fat loss. MCTs aren't stored as fat in the body, instead they are utilized immediately by the liver as a source of energy.
Consuming coconut oil helps to sustain blood sugar levels due to the lauric acid and MCT present in it
Regular usage will make one feel more sharp and alert.
The anti-viral compounds in coconut oil help to heal cold sores faster and also provide some pain relief.
A bit of coconut oil simmered with garlic can be used as an anti-bacterial oil in the ear.
Lauric acid in coconut oil helps kill off candida overgrowths which cause health problems.
A teaspoonful of coconut oil melted in hot lemon water can soothe an irritated throat.
Coconut oil boosts your immunity for ailments such as the herpes virus, giardia lamblia, HIV and measles.
Taking coconut oil with a meal can help digestion by lubricating the digestive tract allowing food to pass through much easier.
Coconut oil heals burns faster and provide instant relief.
Coconut oil helps to rebuild the gut wall and provides a mucilaginous effect to aid in easily digesting and passing food.
Research has shown that coconut oil has moderate painkilling property and can help reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Coconut oil is also effective in reducing fever. Ayurveda identifies coconut oil as a cooling oil.
Coconut oil is gentle and effective at treating diaper rash.
Unlike other massage oils, coconut oil once applied retains moisture and rejuvenates the body.
Coconut oil has antifungal properties.
Coconut oil can be applied on all parts of the body as a moisturizer. Coconut oil control signs of aging and at the same time renews and repairs skin making it glow like new.
Coconut oil is a cure for dandruff and scalp problems while at the same time strengthening hair roots. Simply apply coconut oil before a shower and rinse normally.
Applying coconut oil before going to the beach will help protect you from sunburn due to the cooling agent present in the oil. It also helps you absorb Vitamin D, unlike other sunblocks.
Regular application of coconut oil on stretch marks and scars after a shower will help eliminate them, giving you clear skin.
Coconut oil helps heal varicose veins. Simply apply oil and massage into the area.
A so-called ketogenic properties (very low carb, very high fat) is currently being studied to treat various disorders. Because the MCTs in coconut oil get shipped to the liver and turned into ketone bodies.
In Alzheimer’s patients, there appears to be a reduced ability to use glucose for energy in certain parts of the brain. Ketone bodies can supply energy for the brain and researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s