Info obtained from: www.organicfacts.net.
You may have noticed that I use coconut oil often in my recipes because of the fabulous health benefits mentioned below and it is an excellent oil for cooking because it does not get denatured at high temperatures, much like vegetable oil.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil:
- hair care
- skin care- I use it as a body moisturiser and small amounts on my face
- stress relief
- maintaining cholesterol levels
- weight loss
- increased immunity
- proper digestion and metabolism
- relief from kidney problems
- heart diseases
- high blood pressure
- HIV and CANCER
- dental care
- bone strength
These BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Coconut oil is not harmful as it happens in case of other VEGETABLES oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil is very useful in REDUCING WEIGHT. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.
Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, MINERALS and amino acids.
Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as 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 is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
Healing and Infections
When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from externalDUST, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on BRUISES as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.
Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the COCONUT RESEARCH CENTER, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, ATHLETE’S FOOT, thrush, DIAPER RASH, etc.
I recommend using Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.