- Coconut oil keeps the skin healthy and has anti-aging benefits
- Use coconut oil on your hair to reduce breakage and thinning of hair
- Around 90 percent of fat in coconut oil is healthy
- Ketones in coconut oil help prevent cancer cells from developing
For Keralites, it’s the secret ingredient that gives their dishes an exquisite taste and fragrance; for others, it’s an elixir they can rely on to ward off bad hair days. Love it or hate it, coconut oil has some undeniable benefits that make it a preferable choice for health enthusiasts. Being a tropical fruit, not many in the western countries are familiar with coconut or its oil. However, with its many incredible qualities, this wonder oil is slowly clinching its rightful place next to olive oil in the world health chart.
Besides being an exceptional cooking companion, coconut oil works wonders on dry skin. Not only does it act as an excellent massage oil, but is also an amazing moisturizer that does not have any side effects. Applying virgin coconut oil every once a week on your body will increase your chances of owning wrinkle-free skin. The antioxidants in coconut oil help treat skin diseases such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Many cosmetic companies use this oil as the base ingredient for their skincare products because of its miraculous healing properties. Being naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil can also be used to soften your parched hands, feet, and even cheeks.
Rich in fatty acids, coconut oil has always been an inimitable part of hair care rituals in India. It’s known to have essential healing properties that reduce hair breakage and cures dry scalp. Studies confirm that coconut oil penetrates the hair follicle even better than mineral oil. Regular use of coconut oil will give you healthy, shiny and dandruff-free tresses, swear experts. It also reduces protein loss from your hair and thereby, prevents hair loss, making your hair look voluminous and healthy. Coconut oil is also used in various conditioners and anti-dandruff products. For a quick hair spa, take some oil in your palm and massage it into your scalp and hair and run your comb over the hair to distribute it evenly. Rinse it off after 30 minutes with a mild shampoo to get best results.
Coconut oil is no less in calories than other oils, but the healthy fats in it called MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) make all the difference. Around 90 percent of fat in coconut oil is healthy unsaturated fat. MCFAs are not readily stored as fat in your body, moreover, they are easier to digest than other fats. These healthy fats are processed by the liver and are converted into energy rather than fat. This process helps reduce excess fat in your body. Coconut oil is also known to reduce abdominal obesity. It helps burn fat by increasing the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress from the pancreas. Consumption of coconut oil also aids in the healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.
Cancer patients are known to have recovered by following a stringent ketogenic diet. Coconut oil consists of a large quantity of MCFAs making it the best fat to consume while on a ketogenic diet. Tumor cells cannot easily access the energy in ketones. Hence, coconut oil is a healthy substitute for other cooking oils. It is also one of the main ingredients of ketogenic shake (bullet coffee) which is consumed regularly by ketosis followers. Ketones in the MCFAs also help reduce the glucose level in the body, preventing cancer cells from developing.