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Why Coconut Oil Is Good for You

Friday, 20 December 2013 09:33 PM

Coconut oil has been given a bad name because it contains saturated fats. However, these are healthy fats compared to trans fats. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with increased cholesterol levels, heart problems, and depression. There are some benefits why unrefined virgin coconut oil is good for you include:

Coconut oil is metabolized in the liver, which immediately converts it into energy instead of storing it as fat. Studies have proved that coconut oil consumption reduces abdominal obesity and is linked to weight loss. Reasons may be because it is easier to digest and protects the body from insulin resistance. Another benefit is that this fat reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Coconut oil has been found to relieve stomach and intestinal disorders like bloating and irritable bowel syndrome. Its antimicrobial properties soothe intestinal infections. Another benefit is its use to treat yeast infections. Due to the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil, it is of benefit to the immune system and it is consumed to deal with many infections.
The use of coconut oil provides marvelous benefits for the skin. The skin remains hydrated, is unlined, supple, wrinkle-free as well as smooth and soft. Benefits for the lips include prevention and healing of chapping. It fights athlete’s foot and other fungal foot infections, soothes eczema or psoriasis, and relieves the irritation of nipples in nursing mothers.
It is a good fat for dairy-free replacement of butter for people on a vegan diet or those with lactose intolerance.
A teaspoon of coconut oil can beat sugar cravings. Sugar has become an insidious poison in modern diet. The addition of sugar in most popular food products has created a generation of sugar addicts.

Coconut oil has a higher smoking temperature. It is the ideal fat for use in high-temperature cooking or for deep frying.

As a beauty product, benefits offered by coconut oil include its use to remove eye makeup and as a baby-care product, for massages or as a diaper cream. Benefits also include prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy. As a cosmetic product, it improves the appearance of skin and hair. Other benefits include its being proven an excellent sunscreen as well as an anti-frizz product. It can also be used as a personal lubricant without disturbing vaginal flora.

Coconut oil is thought to have therapeutic benefits on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that it improves risk factors like total LDL and HDL cholesterol, which translates into a reduced risk of heart disease.

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The health benefits of coconut oil have long been known. In traditional tropical communities, it is an integral part of life in cooking, skin care, and as a topical medication. There are many reasons why coconut oil is beneficial and an ideal oil to add to the diet.
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