Since ancient times, coconut oil has been used for food and therapeutic purposes due to its properties and health benefits. But it is also used as a natural product for beauty, care of the skin and hair, but also among its uses is to regulate the metabolism and weight when you want to lose weight or to strengthen the immune system. The oil or coconut butter has more than 90% saturated oils and is obtained from the meat or pulp of the coconut, fruit of the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera).
One of the components of coconut oil is lauric acid, which offers many benefits to our health, among others, to eliminate pathogenic bacteria or some viruses. Another component that has phenolic antioxidant acids, which protect us against free radicals and cardiovascular diseases. It is important that you use a cold pressed first coconut oil with organic or bio certification and if you want to use it for food consumption make sure that the label clearly indicates that it is suitable for internal use.
Benefits of coconut oil
Due to the components of the oil that we have highlighted above, this wonderful oil possesses action:
Antifungal: fights fungi
Cardioprotective: protects the cardiovascular system
Antioxidant: stops the damage of free radicals
Digestive: improves digestions
Antimicrobial: fight pathogenic germs
Antiviral: fight against viruses
Properties and uses of coconut oil…
It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties
Improves and facilitates heavy digestions
It has a sun protection factor 7, interesting to protect the skin and hair from the sun
Helps to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, such as sweating, hot flushes, insomnia, fatigue, etc.
It has anti-inflammatory action
You can use it as a lip balm for dry lips
Take care of our oral health by avoiding the formation of dental plaque and decay
For its power to eliminate fungi is used to combat Candidiasis (candida albicans)
It is an excellent source of energy. It favors the digestion of fats, something that especially benefits people who do not have a gallbladder. Coconut oil is a natural remedy to prevent stretch marks or reduce them if you already have them
Helps you control frizzy or frizz hair
It is used to eliminate lice
It favors the good functioning of the immune system
Use it as a body cream to hydrate and nourish the skin to keep it young
Coconut oil stimulates the metabolism
It is very effective to take care of the skin after shaving or epilation
Strengthens thyroid function
In cosmetics, we can use it to remove makeup the time we take care of the skin naturally.
It is recommended especially for people with diabetes because coconut oil does not produce insulin spikes in blood.
Reduces the chances of suffering from cardiovascular diseases
Studies have been carried out on the consumption of coconut oil and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, among others, and this has shown that patients improved their memory and cognitive abilities. A study conducted with obese women showed that coconut oil favored the elimination of abdominal fat. It takes care of the general health of the skin, delaying the appearance of the wrinkles of expression as well as the damages of the free radicals, avoiding the flaking, dryness, and rednesses.