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The Amazing Benefits and Uses of Coconut OIl

Jason Hughes
Published by Jason Hughes
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: June 28, 2022

In times such as these, it can be difficult to find the best and most healthy product for your regimen and your diet alike. While there are multiple claims from various sources about health benefits, it takes a lot of time to research all the nutritious and healthy benefits that new additions to your normal routine can have in your life. Something as simple as the oil that you cook with can either subtract or increase the likelihood of certain detriments. While coconut oil is not new, it has been reviewed endlessly as a dietary supplement, and even as an addition to various substances that help your teeth and skin.

In this article, we will go over what coconut oil and milk really are and how it is extracted. We will also explore the benefits and possible side effects that it could have inside and outside your body.

What is Coconut Oil?

While it may seem obvious that coconut oil is derived from coconuts, it is important to explore how it is extracted and the composition of the oil that you may be ingesting into your body. Coconut oil is actually made up of 100% fat.

More specifically, about 80-90% of the fats are saturated. This does not necessarily mean that it is unhealthy, just that it is extremely heavy and adds a certain flavor and texture to the food and possible beverages that you are adding it to.

While coconuts are extremely beneficial for your health, saturated fats also contain a substance that stimulates increased levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) inside the body- which, when consumed in large amounts, can actually increase the risk of heart disease.

Despite this fact, coconut oil itself does not contain any cholesterol. Unfortunately, it also does not contain fiber or many vitamins and minerals. However, it does contain helpful chemicals found within that outpace the production of LDL and actually further increase the HDL levels within the blood (good cholesterol). As such, this can increase your cardiovascular health. Below, we will review some of the benefits that coconut oil can have on your body, both internally and externally.

What are the Benefits of Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil as sunscreen: Coconut oil mainly has benefits that far exceed the ones that you garner through your diet. Coconut oil is often used in many cosmetic products to improve the health of skin, hair, and fingernails. Firstly, coconut oil helps to retain the moisture of the skin, which can reduce the amount of water lost during sweating and excessive water loss due to other conditions. It also helps to rehydrate dry skin and acts as a great way to combat skin impurities. Coconut oil is also often used in skin care products as a sunscreen, as studies have shown that coconut oil helps to protect the skin and hair from harmful UV rays as well as block free radicals from damaging the health of your dermal layers.

Coconut oil as a cooking addition: When many think of coconut oil, the first thing that may come to mind is using it as a cooking oil. While canola and extra-virgin olive oil take up most of the market, coconut oil is actually an amazing addition due to its storage capabilities and health benefits. It can also be drizzled on salads in its liquid form, as well as add to the succulence of certain dishes that seem dry. Coconut oil encourages fat burning by increasing the metabolic rate that your cells can churn through, especially protein. Furthermore, coconut oil can help to satiate hunger better, as a large number of healthy fats serve as a long-term suppression of cravings and feelings of satisfaction.

Coconut oil as a health supplement: In the first point of the list, we mentioned that coconut oil has many different antioxidant properties that help to restore and rejuvenate the skin. It also has many benefits that mainly target the teeth and serves as a great supplement. For example, it has been studied that patients that are at risk of (or have already developed) neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's, can take coconut oil as a great way to coat the damage done to the nerve endings and to restore synapses within the nervous system. Coconut oil also contains ketones, which provide brain cells with alternative energy sources - making it easier to improve cognitive function.

Are There Side Effects To Coconut Oil?

There are not many side effects that are reported for coconut oil. The only danger to eating or applying coconut oil is an allergy that directly targets it or certain additives to the oil that may cause a reaction. For example, certain coconut oil-based skin care products could also be combined with retinol, which can damage extremely sensitive skin. There are also conflicting reports about the fat contents found within coconut oil, meaning that if it is consumed in excess, it could actually increase the risk of heart disease rather than lower it. The full ratio is not exactly known at this time.

FAQs

Is coconut oil safe for dogs skin?

Yes. Coconut oil is safe for dogs, both to be ingested or to apply to their coat. It is recommended to purchase virgin coconut oil as you can be sure that it is properly refined and contains no additives.

Is coconut oil good for your teeth?

Yes. Coconut oil is great for oral health in general through a process of oil pulling, which is an extremely cost-efficient method to increase your hygiene. BY swishing around coconut oil inside your mouth until it is melted, it can effectively "pull" bacteria from your gums, teeth, and tongue, sometimes more effective than traditional mouthwash. It also contains lauric acid, which helps in the prevention of cavities and other plaque buildups.

How to use coconut oil for hair growth and thickness?

Coconut oil nourishes the scalp and hair, reducing breakage and strengthening the strands of the hair. It also hydrates them and makes them more flexible, giving the appearance of healthier hair.

 


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