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Health Benefits of The Coconut Oil.

Updated on November 14, 2015

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Coconut is found all over the world. It is eaten everywhere and you would find people drinking its water. Coconut has many uses for the body. Not only it is very easily available but also very cheap fruit. It is mostly grown in tropics. Their trees are vertical and very high and only trained people climb on it and pluck the coconut from the tree. Coconut is eaten when it is raw. The it is mainly used for its juice in the center. But once it dries up the pulp is eaten and also coconut is extracted from it. Coconut is also a primary source of food in the tropical areas. Coconut oil can withhold large amounts of heat and thus it can be used for the cooking of those food items which need high heat to make. Coconut oil do not oxidize easily and thus it has very long shelf life. Coconut oil is also used in cosmetics, in treatment of many skin diseases and in creams.

Benefits of Coconut Oil

1. Skin care: As we all know skin diseases are not easy to treat and take ages to cure them. But coconut oil is one of the things which skin doctors usually prescribe. This is because of excellent skin conditioning properties of the coconut oil. Since coconut oil not only contains medium chain Triglycerides but also have large quantities of naturally occurring fats which can penetrate deep inside the skin and moisturize the skin. They also act against environmental damage and free radical damage. Thus coconut oil can prevent damage of skin and can even protect from some sort of skin cancers. Also since coconut oil is rich source of anti oxidants and very rich in natural anti bacterial agents so it not only smoothens the skin but also act as anti aging screen thus delay the wrinkle lines. It is also a rich source of Vitamin E thus it is very useful for the healing of skin in abrasions, burns and traumas. It also make an protective layer on the skin thus help in reducing the effect of UV exposure of skin.

2. Hair Care: One of the most common use of coconut oil is in hair care. The fatty acids in the coconut oil can pass easily inside the hair cells and thus the coconut oil penetrates the hair shafts. Thus is not only conditions the hair from deep inside and give it shiny look and make them strong from inside, while most of the commercial conditioners conditions only from the outside thus do not make hair as strong as coconut oil. Coconut oil if massaged deep in the skull can reduce the amount of dandruff in the skull. Dandruff develops because of dryness of scalp or fungal infection of the scalp. If coconut oil is used regularly for massaging of scalp then not only it removes the dryness of the scalp but also can destroy the fungus.

3. Pneumonia: In a study on October 2008, it was argued that with the coconut oil, the patient got better, faster and complete relief from the symptoms of Pneumonia. Thus it reduces the stay in the hospital and less treatment cost to the patient. Even if It doesn’t work even then there are no side effects and cost to patient is minimal.

4. Weight Loss: Coconut oil is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids. Now as compared to long chain fatty acids the medium chain fatty acids in coconut speed up metabolism much faster simply because they are very easily digested and converted in to energy. Since we all know that faster metabolism always use the energy in body faster thus force the body to produce more energy by burning carbohydrates. Thus stored fats are converted in carbohydrates and used to produce more energy. The medium chain fatty acids are shown to be thrice more effective than long chain fatty acids in increasing metabolism. Thus use of coconut oil can help reducing weight in the person.

5. The other major benefits of coconut oil are:

a) It protects against certain kind of cancers and infectious diseases.

b) Kills parasites like tapeworm

c) Helps fighting acidity.

d) Helps in earache

e) Helps in intestinal problems.

f) Fights against prostrate enlargement.

g) Strengthens liver.

h) Reduce inflammation in joints.

i) Reduce incidence of seizers in epilepsy.

K) Ease itching because of diabetic neuropathy.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified doctor or dietician.. So please check with your doctor about its medicinal use and side effects . I have only written what can be benefit of this humble food if included in diet. Thanks

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Kathryn for coming to my page and giving it a comment. Yes the coconut oil is easily available on Ebay and Amazon.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have heard so much about coconut oil lately that I plan on buying it. I've had a hard time finding it in stores, but if I don't see it, I'll order online! Almost anything can be found online!

      Thanks for this great article on the benefits of this oil.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Joanne

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Mary for such a kind comment. In India they sell coconut at every nook and corner and would cup open the top and put a straw pipe in that and you can enjoy the coconut water ( as we call it).

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      I have always loved coconut and it's added benefits are huge. Thanks for sharing all this information.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading about coconut oil. I love the taste of coconut and my favorite cake is coconut with grated coconut on top! When I was a child my Father would crack open a coconut for me and I would drink the "milk"....what a treat that was. I still like it.

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Rajpuratimes

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      Ashok Goyal 4 years ago from Rajpura 140401 Punjab India

      Pure Coconut Oil - so many nutritious benefits! amazing !

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks peggy

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have read other good things about incorporating coconut oil into our diets and I can personally attest to the fact of it being a wonderful skin softener. I will have to try it for conditioning the hair. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Marissa for the comment

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      Marissa Buhalog 4 years ago

      Wow coconut!!!!Phillippines is a coconut producing country, How i wish i could teach you on how to extract oil from coconut without cooking.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Rajan

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I love the smell of coconut oil and of course the benefits are enormous. Thanks.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Mhatter

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good job. Thank you for this.