The use of coconut dates back to four centuries. Not only the uses of the fruit are plenty, but its health benefits are also several. The fatty acids present in the oil have numerous health benefits and have benefitted many people all over.
The various benefits of the oil are due to the different types of acids present in which have shown significant improvements in not health, but also quite favorable for hair, skin, etc. and also has healing properties.
1. Aids in weight loss
Since the oil contains medium-chain triglycerides, when it breaks in the liver, it helps to burn off energy. Since the energy expenditure in the body is increased, hence more calories are burnt. Also, the oil is known to reduce hunger. It is possible because the fatty acids present in it are metabolized; hence the ketone bodies reduce the appetite of a person.
2. Stronger Immunity & Proper digestion
Immunity of a human body is increased with the oil because of the presence of lauric acids which can kill harmful microbes like bacteria, viruses, etc. and other acids like capric acid, caprylic acid also contain antifungal as well as antibacterial properties. Lauric acid is able to combat bacteria, fungi, etc. due to the presence of monolaurin in the acid.
Coconut oil which is used in many households as cooking oil helps in aiding digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. The oil helps in the proper digestion of nutrients like vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.
3. For a health body
Coconut oil has 50 % lauric acid which prevents heart problems by reducing the levels of cholesterol in the blood. Lauric acid is also known to improve the HDL i.e. the high-density lipoprotein, which is quite commonly known as the ‘good cholesterol’. It also does not increase LDL (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood, thereby atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil can effectively restore thyroid functions in the body.
4. Caring for your hair
Coconut oil is one of the best-suited oil for different hair textures. Apart from making the hair shinier, it also improves its growth. This is possible because coconut reduces protein loss from the hair. Regular massage of coconut oil on the scalp helps to reduce dandruff and also makes the hair bouncier.
5. Skincare and treating disorders
When used on the skin, coconut oil can act as a great moisturizer. Its application also does not cause any adverse reaction on the skin, so one can apply it. People who are suffering from problems of flaking and dryness of skin can easily be prevented using the oil. It is known to treat skin problems like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. The oil also blocks 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays; hence it can be used as a sunscreen.
Virgin coconut oil can easily be purchased from stores or online at a reasonable cost. Available in different sizes, varying from 280gm bottle to 10 kg buckets, every customer can buy as per his own preference.