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Six Health benefits of Coconut

Updated on October 30, 2013

Health Benefits of Coconut | What You Stand to Gain When You Eat Coconut

This article contains:

  • The Short Introduction

  • The benefits of eating coconut

  • The list of nutrients present in coconut and their amount

The term coconut can be used to describe the entire coconut palm, seed or the fruit. Coconut is eaten by many people in various parts of the world. As common with fruits, coconut fruit has many health benefits. This article attempts to discuss some of the health benefits of coconut.

  1. 1. Coconut water is an excellent source of minerals.

Coconut water is an aqueous solution found inside coconut fruit. It is a clear liquid and it contains high amount of minerals and this makes it an electrolyte. Because of having high amount of minerals like potassium, this makes it to perform various functions associated with these minerals. Also coconut water is excellent in providing hydration. The water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid in some developing countries where saline was unavailable. This water is free from fat.

  1. 2. Coconut oil provides moisturizing effect on skin.

Coconut oil can help with dry skin. The oil has also been recommended for facial massage and is reported to be good in removing wrinkle. If you aim to improve the appearance of your skin using a natural means, then you may consider using coconut oil.

  1. 3. Coconut fruit aids the digestion of food.

This function can be attributed to the presence of fibre in coconut fruit. This means that one effective natural means of preventing constipation and ensuring proper digestion is by eating coconut.

  1. 4. Coconut oil is an effective antioxidants.

Coconut oil contains several effective antioxidants which prevent the damaging effects of free radicals found in the body. These antioxidants include vitamin E, phytosterols and phenolic compounds. Antioxidants help the body prevent formation of free radicals that are hazardous to health. The diseases that may be caused by the presence of these free radicals include aging and a range of degenerative diseases like cancer.

  1. 5. Coconut oil has antidiabetic effect.

Coconut oil increases the efficiency in synthesis of insulin and cellular response to it. It also regulates blood sugar.

  1. 6. Coconut oil has antimicrobial property.

This is due to presence of some types of organic acid found in coconut oil. These organic acids include lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid and caproic acid. When these organic acids reach the body they are transformed into corresponding monoglycerides, namely monolaurin, monocaprin, monocaprylin, and monocaproin. These newly formed compounds are able to kill microorganisms and thereby helping body in destroying pathogenic microorganism.

However, it is quite important to know that many health organizations advise against the consumption of high amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat.

Nutritive Values : Per 100 gm. Of Coconut fruit

 Vitamin A :

 Vitamin B : Thiamine .10 mg.;

 Riboflavin :

 Niacin :

 Vitamin C : 2 mg.

 Calcium : 21 mg.

 Iron : 2.0 mg.

 Phosphorus : 98 mg.

 Fat : 34.7 gm.

 Carbohydrates : 14 gm.

 Protein : 3.4 gm.

 Calories : 359

These health benefits coupled with good taste coconut offers make it an efficient fruit to have by your side. Try eating coconut and enjoy the benefits it offers


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