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Unexpected Benefits of Coconut Oil

Unexpected Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Forget spending a fortune on man-made products promising to better your skin found in department stores. The benefits of coconut oil are seemingly endless when it comes to the skin, hair, and face. It can even do a world of good for your self-esteem.

So what is coconut oil? 

Coconut oil is taken from the kernel or meat of a mature coconut. It's full of saturated fats, capric and lauric acid, vitamin-E, and proteins.

The proteins in the oil contribute to creating healthier and rejuvenated tissue. The proteins also help heal the skin by repairing it at the cellular level.

Vitamin-E aids in this process as well. This vitamin found in coconut oil helps with skin growth as it repairs the wear and tear of the skin. It also helps keep the skin smooth and protected from cracking.

What's best about the Vitamin-E found in coconut oil is that it helps to prevent wrinkling and premature aging due to its antioxidants.

The fatty acids found in coconut oil are anti-microbial and possess a disinfectant that can help heal open wounds on the skin. As an added benefit, fatty acids in coconut oil help heal the skin from the inside as well as the outside. When coconut oil is added to the diet, it offers a host of additional benefits.

What can coconut oil do?

When it comes to the skin, many people shy away from applying anything that contains oil. However, because of the aforementioned ingredients found in coconut oil, it is actually one of the best things for the skin.

Coconut oil benefits everything from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Here's a list of just a few of the ways coconut oil benefits the body:

Lips: Ditch your chapstick and use coconut oil to repair dryness and cracks. Unlike most lip moisturizers, coconut oil is healthy to ingest, so you'll get the benefits of the oil on your lips and in your system.

Softer Skin: Slather coconut oil on your face and body to get softer, healthier skin. It dries quickly on the skin and helps keep it moisturized and healthy.

Remove Make-Up: Make-up comes off easily with coconut oil, especially stubborn mascara. Just apply some coconut oil to your face with your finger tips or a soft cloth and remove any make-up.

Skin Conditions: Many people attribute coconut oil to helping with various skin conditions, and although some clinical research may still be inclusive, there is proof that coconut oil is good for your skin. Those who swear by coconut oil use it for everything from acne to psoriasis to rashes to sunburns.

From the inside out

Adding coconut oil to the diet provides literally hundreds of benefits. While many people used to shy away from oils high in saturated fats, coconut oil has gone the way of the avocado and is heralded for being a good fat.

Because coconut oil is full of many medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acids which, when digested, provide a burst of energy and product ketone bodies), it is thought that it has a therapeutic effect on brain disorders, specifically Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy.

The energy created by digesting and metabolizing coconut oil might also result in weight loss as it provides more energy to those who include it in their diets.

What's really interesting about coconut oil is that in studies performed with animals, coconut oil reduces triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and improves blood coagulation factors. This could mean that coconut oil reduces the risk of cardiovascular events, but, as always, speak to a physician before trying any form of alternative therapy.

Coconut oil

What else can it do?

Fans of coconut oil say it can do just about anything. That includes boosting self-esteem (especially after it helps to clear up acne or other skin concerns, softens the hair, and results in weight loss). But it is also the go-to oil for:

  • Toothpaste
  • Supporting thyroid function
  • Preventing stretch marks
  • Homemade mayonnaise
  • Natural bug repellent
  • Promoting nail growth

What are you waiting for?

Coconut oil is almost sure to benefit virtually anyone who tries it out. Try adding it to your daily routine or look for it in your favorite products so that you can reap the benefits of this oil.

DanaRasmussen Dana Rasmussen write about natural products for the body and mind. She is a huge fan of coconut oil.

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