Over the years coconut products have become very popular among people. In the store you can easily find coconut water, coconut flour, coconut milk and of course, the most famous of all – coconut oil.
Coconut oil is rich in healthy fatty acids and medium- chain triglycerides (MCTs). Which, unlike other fats, process much quicker in the body and are immediately used as energy, without being stored as fats. The oil is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, lauric and caprylic acid which fight bacteria and viruses. Today we present to you the benefits of consuming coconut oil.
1.Supports the thyroid function
If you have problems with inflammation and the immune system, consequently you will have problems with the thyroid. This happens because the thyroid balance is distorted. By consuming coconut oil you will regulate the immune system, decrease the levels of inflammation and thus regulate the thyroid function. Coconut oil works better when combined with exercising and a healthy diet.
2.Prevents sunburns and increases sun tolerance
You may not be aware of this, but your way of eating can have a huge effect on your sun tolerance and what may be helpful is a diet full of healthy fats. That is why we recommend drinking one cup of herbal tea with some coconut oil every day. With this easy, yet healthy routine you will increase your MCTs levels which make your skin look younger and will prevent sunburns.
3.Helps with yeast infections
The medium-chain fatty acids contained in coconut oil, as mentioned above, can kill viruses, bacteria and yeast. People who are prone to yeast infections, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, physician and president of the Coconut Research Center, should drink 3 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil every day.
4.Betters the metabolism
One of the best ways to improve your metabolism is including MCTs in your everyday diet. “We have to eat fat to lose fat”, says Dr. John Hempster explaining that non-hydrogenated coconut oil burns fats much faster.
5.Soothes eczema and other skin related conditions
According to a story published on the website of National Eczema Foundation, organic virgin coconut oil has helped many adults, as well as children with treating eczema and other skin conditions. This natural solution is easy to apply, does not have to be rubbed hard into the skin and also has no side – effects.
6.Alleviates allergies and helps with sinus infections
Another usage of coconut oil is as a nasal rinse. We believe that you have not heard about this one before, but you can actually put some coconut oil on your nose, rub it gently and it can treat sinus infections and allergies. If you want to use it as a rinse you need to mix it with purified water and baking soda or sea salt.
A quick and easy remedy for constipation (because coconut is rich in fiber) is a half of teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil mixed with a glass of natural fruit juice. You should drink this 3-4 times a day, half an hour before your meals.
We surely know how terrible acne is and everyone is looking for a way to get rid of them. They are caused by bacteria which when inflamed become facial swellings. Because coconut is an antibiotic and has anti-inflammatory chemicals, it can help you in fighting acne. You can either apply it on the affected area or consume it in your diet.
Coconut oil can also be used in the kitchen. Use it instead of olive oil or butter when frying and as substitute for butter when baking. It has many health benefits and it is really tasty. So we do not see a reason why you should not incorporate it in your everyday diet.