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Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Updated on May 21, 2015

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Facts about coconut and palm oil

My wife has been and still is on this health kick with eating healthy. She has tried so many things under the sun, one of the ideas she had was using coconut oil in everything. So I decided to do some research to see what is behind this new fad and see what we have been missing.

For years now we have been preached too that saturated fat is no good for you, but the question that has been bothering me for a long time is why is it today we are seeing much higher levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol, and why has Alzheimer's skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as a dietary staple. Even myself I have high cholesterol and I diet and take medication to fight my high levels. Have we been lied too.

Over the past several years, I can remember all over the TV saying that saturated fats are “bad” and should be reduced. Many things in the past have had saturated fat in them, such as movie theater popcorn, candy, and many other cooking items and food. But when we were told that saturated fat was bad for us we replaced these oils with fat that is long chain fatty acid which is bad for you and then we introduced hydrogenated vegetable oil into our diet.

From what I can tell all saturated fat is not created equal. Many of the oils have gone through hydrogenation which means that hydrogen atoms have been added to the oils when the oil is heated. Then you have this crazy thing now called “Trans Fat” which is a combination of artificially manipulated unsaturated fat into saturated fat.

Now we hear the medical society changing their minds and saying we need to bring back some of these items that were supposed to be bad for us into our diet like coconut and palm oil.

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Coconut oil and diabetes

I have also been reading that coconut and palm oil is good for helping people with diabetes. Since coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids these MCFA go directly to your liver to use as a energy source. Coconut oil gives your body a quick energy boost but it does not produce an insulin spike to your bloodstream. I have also read that since coconut oil does not give your blood insulin a spike then the added coconut oil to a diabetic diet will help the diabetic have more energy and will help decrease the likelihood of adult onset type two diabetes. Again this is what I have read and researched.

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Coconut oil is great for your skin

Another benefit to coconut oil is that it is supposed to be great for the skin. I am going to make sure that I tell my about this one. Apparently commercial moisturizers contain a lot of water, what a rip I feel. With commercial moisturizers it feels that your skin is being moisturized but in fact as soon as the water dries your skin becomes dry again. Coconut oil being all natural and does not have water or petroleum based ingredients in it provide a true moisturizer for your skin. This natural oil helps protect the skin from aging and helps improve the appearance of the skin. So coconut oil having good medical benefits for your diet it also has great benefits for your skin.

Coconut oil is great for your hair

Another benefit to coconut oil is that it is supposed to be good for hair growth. A component of coconut oil is Lauric acid. This acid is a fatty acid that binds to hair protein and helps protect the hair roots which help in hair breakage. In many hair care products sunflower oil and mineral oil are the two main ingredient’s, coconut oil is more effective in prevention of hair loss than these other two kinds of oils. Also with coconut oil it can aid in helping with dandruff and lice, since coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Coconut oil is rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron. These nutrients are essential for maintaining your hair’s shine and softness.

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Coconut Oil Good For Your Hair

Coconut Oil for Hair Growth

First off I have not tried this yet, but I am going to. From what I read you want to use only pure organic virgin coconut oil.

  1. Warm the oil, gently warm the jar in warm water. Do not use a microwave to warm the oil.

  2. Lightly dampen your hair with warm water.

  3. Use a table spoon of warmed coconut oil and place in your hand. Rub your hands together and apply to your hair. Make sure that you get the oil down to the roots of the hair.

  4. Massage the scalp for about three to four minutes.

  5. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the oil do its thing. Wait about twenty to thirty minutes with the shower cap on. If you can do this overnight your results will be better.

  6. Gently rinse your hair with a sulfate and preservative free shampoo. No need for any additional conditioner.

Coconut Oil For Your Nails

Coconut oil for your nails

If you have brittle nails that tend to crack and break you can use a few drops of coconut oil to your hand cream to keep your dull cracked nails stronger and healthier. Or you can massage a couple drops of oil into your nails each morning and make sure it gets down to the cuticles for a more shiny and crack free nail. Also by massaging your toe nails and fingernails with coconut oil it will aid and maybe cure cuticle infections and toe nail fungal.

Coconut oil and your pet

It turns out that coconut oil is also good for your pets. It is supposed to help their digestion and help improve their coats. Like animals in the wild that consume a high amount of saturated fat our pets can benefit from this also. So by adding coconut oil to their diet may help them look good and keep them healthy.

Give me your thoughts on coconut oil I would love to hear them.

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