Nowadays, coconut oil is an essential component of everyday diet for many athletes and people who are trying to lose weight.
Main reason for that is that coconut oil contains less calories than other cooking oils, but some other advantages include faster conversion to energy and reduced fatty deposits accumulated inside blood vessels.
Coconut oil also improves overall endurance of the body and therefore improves an athlete’s performance. It’s ranked very close to the top on the list of healthiest oils in the world. It consists of mostly fatty acids (out of which the majority are triglycerides), multiple unsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid), mono-unsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid), certain fatty acid derivates, fatty alcohols, polyphenols which give it its scent and taste, vitamins (E, K) and minerals. It quickly starts to turn solid when exposed to low temperatures, so it may need to be warmed up before use.
Coconut oil is used to treat many different ailments and comes recommended as an aide in prevention and treating illnesses among which are: diabetes, heart problems, kidney problems, high blood pressure, obesity… It can also serve to control cholesterol levels, to boost immunity, to regulate digestion and metabolism, and to help thyroid gland maintain healthy functioning.
Coconut oil also has antibacterial and antiviral properties which makes it efficient in dealing with infections. Coconut oil kills viruses which cause rash, flu, hepatitis, herpes, SARS… It also destroys various bacteria which can cause throat, urinary or lung inflammations, gonorrhea and more.
Presence of triglycerides and fatty acids is very useful for prevention of liver illnesses, because incoming matter turns into energy at a faster rate, which reduces strain on the liver itself as well as accumulation of fatty deposits.
It’s considered that coconut oil has effect on reducing vulnerability to HIV virus and cancer.
Coconut oil can help treat many skin problems, such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
Key component of coconut oil is lauric acid which has strong antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it a great protector from infectious diseases. Lauric acid can also be found in mother’s milk, where it plays a life-giving part, protecting the infant from infections until its immune system becomes strong enough to deal with them on its own.
Another important component of coconut oil is caprylic acid, which creates an environment favorable for growth of helpful bacteria, especially bacteria commonly found in lactic acid. Studies have also shown that caprylic acid wards of candid and destroys parasites lurking inside our digestive tracts.
Coconut oil is very resistant to high temperatures, so it can be used for cooking purposes. Use it for frying, roasting, as salad dressing, as an addition to cooked rice or as a component in your favorite smoothie. By ingesting coconut oil on regular basis, you will feel a slight increase in your body’s temperature, which is symptom of accelerated metabolism caused by decomposition of fatty acids contained in the oil. Coconut oil provides more energy and gives you the feeling of being sated, so it will make you crave for sweet food much less, therefore placing you on the right track towards a healthier diet.
Moderate therapeutic dose is three to found spoons of oil a day, in order to provide your organism with enough lauric acid which boosts immunity. Make sure you’re buying virgin and not refined coconut oil. It’s generally better to search for it in healthy food stores than regular supermarkets.
Refined coconut oil comes from pressuring the dry mass leftover after squeezing out virgin oil out of the coconut. It’s extracted by treating the leftovers on high temperatures. Afterwards it gets hydrogenised (hardened), like margarine. This fat does not have the same properties like those found in virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is very soothing and can help alleviate stress. Gentle massage helps getting rid of mental fatigue.
Last, but certainly not least, coconut oil is also used in cosmetic industry. It’s one of the best natural materials for hair care. It provides hair with a healthy gloss and supports healthy hair growth. If regularly rubbed in hair roots, it removes dandruff. Essential proteins found in the oil nurture and regenerate damaged hair. Coconut oil is great for nurturing dry and peeling skin. It hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. For these reasons, it’s one of the most favorite components for many beauty product manufacturers. It can be found in soaps, shampoos, lotions, crèmes…