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Health Benefits of Coconut Milk

Updated on April 9, 2014

Coconut milk has a lot of health benefits that are sure to keep you strong and healthy while satisfying your need for delectable, nutrient-rich foods. Coconut milk has vital vitamins and minerals that provide a range of benefits to the body. Containing Vitamin A, E, potassium, chloride and calcium --- all rich and beneficial nutrients--- coconut milk is sure to keep you feeling and looking good all while working behind the scenes to lower your blood pressure, blood sugar and ensure your good bone and dental health.


There are numerous kinds of antioxidants found in coconut milk and everyone knows antioxidants are good for you. Antioxidants help the body to hunt and kill hazardous free radicals that can kill the cells of the body over time, leaving you with cancers. Consequently, coconut milk may assist in inhibiting cancers of the body and may help keep away degenerative medical conditions such as skin wrinkles, bone loss, vision loss, wilting of the skin and premature aging to name a few.

Coconut milk also has the health benefit of boosting the immune system and fighting off ailments and germs. By adding coconut milk to rice or curries you too can reap the health benefits of coconut milk’s germs-reducing properties as coconut milk consists of lauric acid that has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Owing to this, coconut milk can help to boost the immune system by getting rid of stomach bacteria, the flu, colds, sore throat and an assortment of health problems.

Coconut milk may also be beneficial because it aids the body during digestion. Coconut milk has useful substances that permit the stomach to digest food suitably. Coconut milk is anti-bacterial and it kills off bad bacteria in the stomach that may cause you to not digest food as you should. So put in coconut milk in our weight loss plan for good digestion.

Coconut milk is also valuable to keeping the heart safe and healthy. Coconut milk contains lauric acid that helps to keep the arteries and heart clean and healthy. And although coconut milk has saturated fats, the lauric acid found in coconut milk along with other valuable acids in coconut milk makes it ideal against heart disease and atherosclerosis.

Another health benefit of coconut milk is that it is used in skin and hair care. Coconut milk is used in numerous marketable hair and skin care products to hydrate, moisturize, fix and heal the skin and the hair. Therefore coconut milk is an impressive natural product you may use to make a domestic treatment for healthy skin and hair.

Coconut milk is the ideal food to promote fat loss or the perfect foodstuff to include to your weight maintenance plan. The saturated fat in coconut consists of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids, which the body quickly turns into energy rather than store as fat. So, although high in saturated fat, coconut can help in weight loss

Coconut milk is also useful as it's a dairy free substitute to milk products. So if you are lactose-intolerant you may bake with or drink coconut milk and still get all the vital vitamins and mineral without all the problems. There is a lacto-vegetarian coconut milk that you can buy that is soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free.

Coconut milk can heal a large assortment of illnesses, so why don't you try to include more coconut milk to your eating plan? You might just find that when you have added coconut milk to your diet plan, you will never think to live without it again.

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      jennifertaylor91 

      6 years ago from USA

      Excellent introduce about coconut milk. it is cover all kind of vitamin which is useful for our fitness. After visiting your post, MY diet has been change at the morning time..Thank

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      Support Med. 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for this informative hub! v/r

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      PWalker281 

      7 years ago

      Thanks, Fassbender!

    • Fassbender profile imageAUTHOR

      Fassbender 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      No, it is not the same. Coconut milk is made from the extract of the fleshy white part of the coconut, while coconut water is the liquid found inside the coconut when you cut it.

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      PWalker281 

      7 years ago

      Very informative hub on coconut milk. Is "milk" the same as coconut water?

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      exjwlaurie 

      8 years ago

      Hi Fassbender,

      You are so right about the health benefits of coconut oil!

      I started using it about 2 years ago, and I love it! My skin is softer and feels moist even in dry temps. My hair is shinier, and my joints creak less than before!

      I have also turned my Dad onto this, and my sister--they love it too! I use it to cook with; even fried eggs are so much better cooked in a little coconut oil! I use it to bake with, and what a delicious difference it makes! I like knowing that it is healthier than the other oils I used to use.

      Thanks for the wonderful hub! -Laurie

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