More and more people these days are touting the health effects of coconut oil. Current research indicates there is possibly upwards of one hundred uses of the oil; many of which carry significant health and wellness properties. Exactly what can coconut oil do for you and why is it so effective?
Coconut oil has been found to have significant anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. This is thought to be the result of the presence of lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. In addition, the oil is high in saturated fats called med-chain triglycerides. But what does all of this mean to you? First of all, it means that coconut oil is safe in normal doses. More importantly, it means that regular coconut oil use can significantly improve a variety of health, wellness, and hygiene issues. Among them include:
**As a moisturiser**
Everyone hates dry skin. There is nothing worse than itchy, flaky patches of dry skin. Coconut oil has been used very successfully as a skin moisturiser. In addition, the it can also serve as a massage oil for those most-have stress relievers.
As hair conditioner
Dry, unmanageable, or fly-away hair can be another nightmare, especially in hot, dry climates. Coconut oil can help! The properties in coconut oil make it a very safe and effective hair product. Similar to its work on dry skin, coconut oil can significantly improve the moisture content in hair.
**As a health supplement**
Coconut oil has been found to have an abundance of general health uses. Especially for those who like to avoid medication or other pharmaceutical products, coconut oil can be a very viable alternative. It is safe, natural, and easy to use. Specific uses are numerous, and include:
• Improving digestion
• Curbing hunger and assisting in weight control
• Stabilizing blood sugars
• Improving mental fatigue
• Improving eczema
• Reducing the severity of menstrual cramps
• Alleviating back pain
• Boosting overall energy levels
Coconut oil as a cooking ingredient
Today’s consumers are more health conscious than ever with regards to cooking and what is introduced to one’s system. Coconut oil is a natural ingredient that can be used to increase the overall health content of your meals, which will automatically deal with some of the health issues listed above. Specifically, coconut oil can be used to:
• Replace oil and butter in recipes
• Serve as a nutritional supplement that can be discretely added to many foods
• As mentioned above, coconut oil has also been known to curb appetitive and squash those pesky cravings. Utilising it within your daily meal and snack regiment will substantially improve not only hunger issues, but will also aid in improving overall digestion.
Every few months or so, it appears that another fad product hits the shelves and saturates the news. Many of these products end up to be less than advertised, and quickly fall out of use. Coconut oil is not one of those products. It is a natural product that has been proven to improve a variety of health and wellness issues. The inclusion of coconut oil into a healthy and organic lifestyle is unquestionably a beneficial decision. Have yet to try it? What are you waiting for?