9 Surprising Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has several benefits such as skin care, hair care, weight loss, treating yeast infections, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases. The oil is used not just in tropical countries, where coconut plantations are abundant, but also in the US and the UK. People are discovering the wonders this oil can create and it is again gaining popularity throughout the world. Let us see how many of these benefits you are aware of.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Skin care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. Therefore, it is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging.

It helps in preventing degenerative diseases premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitiseczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

Hair care: Coconut oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair. It is used as hair care oil and is used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. It is normally applied topically for hair care.

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Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. Research studies indicate that coconut oil provides better protection to hair from damage caused by hygral fatigue.

By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs.

Heart diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, it is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Study suggests that intake of coconut oil may help to maintain healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.

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. Research suggests that coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. 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. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Immunity: It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

coconutoilinfographicDigestion: Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. It helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. It also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Dental care: Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay. Recent research suggests that coconut oil is beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis.

Candida: Candida, also known as Systemic Candidiasis, is a tragic disease caused from excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida Albicans in the stomach. Coconut provides relief from the inflammation caused by candida, both externally and internally. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in coconut oil help in eliminating Candida albicans.

Further, unlike other pharmaceutical treatments for candida, the effects of coconut oil is gradual and not drastic or sudden, which gives the patient an appropriate amount of time to get used to the withdrawal symptoms or Herxheimer Reactions (the name given to the symptoms accompanying body’s rejection of toxins generated during elimination of these fungi). But, in the treatment of this condition, people should systematically and gradually increase their dosages of coconut oil and shouldn’t initially start with a large quantity.

Healing and Infections: When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhoea. Finally, coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.

Other Benefits

Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of other benefits that are explained below. Using coconut oils has been shown to mildly help the following:

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney: It helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying it to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue. According to research virgin coconut oil gives relief from stress and has antioxidant properties.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, it is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

HIV and cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing a person’s viral susceptibility for HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research has shown an indication of this effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load of HIV patients.

Coconut oil is often used by athletes, body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that it contains less calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy, and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps boost energy and endurance, and generally enhances the performance of athletes.

Coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease: The research conducted by Dr. Newport states that the oil is useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from this there is no scientific evidence or traditional knowledge of coconut oil being used for treating Alzheimer’s. In fact, it is not traditionally thought that the oil helps in boosting the function of the brain in any form.

Use as Carrier Oil

Carrier oils are those oils, which easily penetrate or absorb into the skin and thus facilitate seepage or absorption of other oils (such as essential oils) and herbal extracts through the skin when mixed into it. It is easily absorbed through the skin’s pores and thus is used as carrier oil. Furthermore, being one of the most stable oils, it doesn’t go rancid, nor does it let the other oils, herbal extracts, or medicines spoil inside of it. It does not alter the properties of the oils and herbs mixed within it. It also protects the herbs and oils from microbial or fungal interactions. Coconut oil is expensive in several countries; however, in tropical countries its cost is low enough to make it affordable as carrier oil.

How to Use and Store Coconut Oil?

Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point – about 24 to 25 degrees Celsius or 76-78 Fahrenheit. Therefore it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperature rises considerably. It is often in this form, and obviously, don’t keep it in your refrigerator.

If you are using coconut oil for topical purposes, especially hair care, just melt the oil (if it is solid) by keeping the bottle in the sun or soaking it in warm water. You can also take some oil out and put it in a small bowl and heat the bowl over a flame (don’t use a microwave). Then, take the oil on your palm and apply it to your hair. If you want to use it for internal consumption, simply replace butter or vegetable oils with coconut oil in your recipes. Remember, you don’t need to completely switch to coconut oil, because then you will lose the other benefits of more traditional oils and dairy products.

In colder countries, coconut oil comes in good, broad containers. However, if you get it in a pack (tetra-pack or plastic pouch), after opening the pack, be sure to keep the oil in containers with tight lid and broad mouth so that you can scoop it out with a spoon if it solidifies. Keeping it sealed or lidded is necessary because there are other admirers of coconut oil (ants, cockroaches, other insects and rodents just love it!).

I don’t like the taste of coconut oil. What should I do?: Try using it in a variety of different recipes. However, if you get nauseated after eating coconut oil, don’t force yourself to eat it. As can happen with any food item, your body may be allergic to coconut oil and it is best not to consume it.

Composition of Coconut Oil

More than 90% of coconut oil consists of saturated fats (Don’t panic! It’s not as bad as it sounds, read to the end of this review and your opinion may change), along with traces of a few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is no different from this.

Saturated fatty acids: Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well in the body’s systems.

-Lauric acid: It is the chief contributor, representing more than 40% of the total, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin. Lauric acid is helpful in dealing with viruses and diseases.

-Capric acid: It reacts with certain enzymes secreted by other bacteria, which subsequently convert it into a powerful antimicrobial agent, monocaprin.

-Caprylic acid, caproic acid and myristic acid: They are rich in antimicrobial and antifungal properties

Unsaturated fatty acids: Polyunsaturated fatty acids- linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids- Oleic acid

Poly-phenols: Coconut contains Gallic acid, which is also known as phenolic acid. These polyphenols are responsible for the fragrance and the taste of coconut oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these polyphenols.

Derivatives of fatty acid: Betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides and polyol esters.

Derivatives of fatty alcohols: Fatty chlorides, fatty alcohol sulphate and fatty alcohol ether sulphate

Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin E, vitamin K and minerals such as iron.

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Michelle Soares

Perfect!

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can it help with toenail fungus?

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Yes, I've been using it on my toenail and have seen the fungus under my toenail go away slowly. So yes it does work and my nail bed looks so much better

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I use coconut oil every day every day I put about a table spoon in my yogurt, very good for the digestion and the immune system, I also brush my teeth's it help to remove the tartar and whiten them. I put some in my dogs foods for their good health and it make their coats shiny. I use it for my hair my skin remove my makeup etc... Just love all the benefits that coconut oil have to offer.

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I was waiting to hear how coconut oil saved the marriage.

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I would be interested in looking into this more. Thanks.

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Natural Oils for Hair & Health

I love using coconut oil for detangling after takin down extensions. Helps reduce hair loss and protein loss when shampooing.

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From my personal experience i can add that coconut oil has helped me a lot with chilblains.I have been getting horrible chilblains in my hands every winter, this year i tried coconut oil massage and i has worked immediately!

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Trishala Chakurkar

this is a great content.

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my son had extremely bad eczema so i tried the coconut oil. I noticed it didn't stay on for long so i use it with vaseline. It makes my baby's skin so soft!

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Vasaline is a toxin to the skin... Its made from petroleum, its the same thing they use to lube parts on an engine... in fact, some mechanics do use it for that... Even though you may have to reply it more often without the vaseline, its much healthier overall... try heating up some raw bees wax in a metal pan and then mix coconut oil with it while its still warm... bees wax is just that, wax, and will harden when cooled and will help the oil stay on the skin longer... both products have a low rancidity rate so you could make up several months worth in advance..

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Michael McGuinness

Very impressive article

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Gabriel Amituana'i

Just use regularly. No need to manage how long it's in. I use coconut oil every day, and all day, in my hair. I don't use gel, hairspray, etc. It's great!

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Online Quran Academy

nice Article about coconut, its good for hair fall and dandruff if it is used before going to bed

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Great article !

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Happy now to be me

I've been backwards and forwards to the Dr's for years with aches pains depression anxiety fatigue etc etc. I was told by the Dr "you need to de-stress your life" - very helpful I don't think. I began to research my symptoms and after many many weeks stumbled across the benefits of coconut oil and started to take 1 tablespoon daily and am now up to 3 tablespoons daily. Within days my symptoms started to improve bloating gas indigestion insomnia painful joints. I have been battling for years with weight problems and bulimia. The Dr's just keep dishing out antidepressants and sleeping tablets which made me worse. My research led me to believe that I have candida and the antibacterial and antifungal properties in coconut oil change the structure of the candida and prevent it from reforming. I'm feeling much healthier slimmer and my aches and pains are less severe needless to ssy I'm going to continental now with my 3 tablespoons for life.

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I have had the exact same experience! 😉 Also, my blood sugar was starting to climb... it has also helped with that so no more pills!

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Virgin Coconut Oil also works excellent in coffee. I always use 1 teaspoon of Coconut Sugar that you can pick up at any good health food store. I take just one teaspoon of the Coconut Sugar & than put in 2 teaspoons of Virgin Coconut Oil too. I always drink it black every time . You should be getting between 2-4 tablespoons a day depending on how much you weigh. 3 teaspoons is equal to 1 tablespoon. Hope this helps, drink up & enjoy!

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I drink organic black coffee with coconut oil and organic sugar twice a day. Very good tip of the coconut sugar, I should try that too.

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HI,
Thanks for the article on CO. Somewhere we forget many benefits of coconut oil and moving to other costly substitutes.Lot more to do with coconut oil 🙂

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Not only is CO good for us, but its good for your pets too.

30

Really.. I would assume for the same principals as humans?

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Sandra Hanlon

I've got the most dryest hair ever and was told to try using coconut oil to repair it!!....My question is when I put it in my hair how long should it be left in for?

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In the article it states to put it on and leave it for 2-3 hrs, if not overnight, and wash it out

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I have thick coarse dry short hair and apply about a pea size to it after washing about 3x's a week. I rub it around in my palms to warm it so it goes on even, and then apply like you would any styling agent such as gel. What I like the most is... its like it has a "memory" to it... in the mornings when I'm in a hurry... I just wet my hands, run them through my hair and POOF! it goes right back into place... I feel my hair needs to be washed about every other day when using it... there's really no right or wrong.. play around with it until you find what works...

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Totally this! I also use it in this way. I use a small amount and rub it into may hair after a shower, while it is still damp. It has a little bit of hold to it. I use a damp washcloth to evenly spread it through my hair and remove any excess.

Barbers have complimented me on the texture of my hair because of this.

Also I put some on my face and forearms when I get out of the shower. I use about a pea sized portion of it on each arm. I let it soak into my skin for a few minutes and then remove the excess with a wet/damp washcloth. As a result people mistake me for someone more than 10 years younger 🙂

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Whydo Yuouwanttoknow

When I have it in the house(expensive for me) I used to put on my hair saturday morning and let it sit for a few hours while I did chores, then shampooed it out. it really brought out the rich red colors in my hair and stimulated new growth too!

36

You've just taught me something new. Coconut oil
thanks

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Paulette Watford

Can I eat 2- tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil for health benefits?

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I suggest starting off slowly and build up to 2 tablespoons over a couple weeks.
I use Spectrum unrefined organic. My favorite is to pop popcorn, fry potatoes and homemade tortillas.

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My sister eats 4 a day and I eat 2 so

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Rosemary Butcher

Hi
Just received 20ltrs Banaban pure coconut oil, I have been using the 1ltr containers. It saves me a great deal. Even with postage included the cost is $12 per ltr as opposed to (with seniors discount) $20 per ltr. I hope it doesn't degrade. I will be taking out approximately 3ltrs at a time which will go into a sterilized honey container, so opening the big tub will be reduced. I bought it directly from the company, they are extremely helpful and quick to respond to my queries.
Thanks Rosemary

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Whydo Yuouwanttoknow

where is the link or web site for the company?

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Is there a difference between eating the refined and the unrefined?

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Refined filters out any crap
Unrefined may have little bits in when melted theres no other difference and they dont add anything as suggested

Refined is its purest form as thers nothing else in there

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Whydo Yuouwanttoknow

I have found some of the "refined" has lost its coconut flavor and seems inferior to me. It was a cheaper store brand and tasted cheaper.

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Gabriel Amituana'i

Always stick with unrefined. Refined can mean a variety of things that may have been done to the product. Unrefined is the purest form.

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That's what I'd like to know.

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