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Tapping Into the Benefits Of Coconut Oil

Updated on August 30, 2017

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Are Many

The recent hoopla about coconut oil is amusing to some people. Why? Because they've known all along about the wonderful benefits of coconut oil. They've long known that coconut oil is a healthy addition to a natural foods diet as well as a natural remedy for many maladies . . . from strengthening your teeth to soothing digestive disorders.

"Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers." -- Coconut Research Center

So, for what it's worth, if you're considering incorporating coconut oil into your life, now is a good time to start. And here's why . . .

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7 Top Benefits of Coconut Oil

>>> Skin Beautifier

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Skin

Coconut oil is a great multipurpose skin care item. Like many other oils, it is great to use for massages, but also provides moisture, softening the skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.

It can also be used to treat certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It contains antioxidants that help neutralize skin-damaging free radicals and has even been shown to help prevent sagging skin, age spots and wrinkles!

Additionally, coconut oil . . .

  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

>>> Cholesterol Controller

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Heart Health

While coconut oil does contain saturated fats, it also contains quite a bit of lauric acid, which helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Coconut oil protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus reduces risk of heart disease.

>>> Hair Repairer - Benefits of Coconut Oil For Hair

Not only is an coconut oil treatment good for your hair, it also has essential nutrients to keep your hair strong and healthy. It will help stimulate hair growth, moisturize your hair and scalp, and control dandruff . . . leaving your hair looking beautifully shiny. It can even help get rid of lice and their eggs.

Massage coconut oil gently into the scalp or even use it as a conditioner.

>>> Energy Booster

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Increasing Energy

Sure, coconut oil contains fat (all oils do), but coconut oil actually has less fat than many commonly used cooking oils and is therefore lower in calories. And the fats in coconut oil are more easily converted into energy rather than being stored. A boost in energy enhances physical endurance and performance.

Coconut oil has also been known to increase metabolic rate and help your body absorb more essential nutrients from healthy foods to keep your body in tip-top shape . . . a "plus" if you're concerned about ridding yourself of excess pounds.

>>> Stress-Buster

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Stress Relief

To help ease fatigue and regenerate yourself, apply coconut oil to the head and then gently massage. You'll feel better and ready to get-up-and-go.

>>> Digestive Aid

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Digestion

The anti-microbial properties of coconut oil helps in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites that cause indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

>>> Immune System Booster

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Your Immune System

Coconut oil contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal compounds that help fight diseases before they strike so you stay healthy and get sick less often.

As previously mentioned, coconut oil not only has anti-bacterial properties to help fight normal infections, it has also been shown to help viral infections including HIV. The same properties in coconut oil that keep you from getting sick also helps in healing processes. It helps when taken internally, but it can also be applied to cuts and bruises to speed healing and form a protective barrier to prevent infection and other irritants from getting in.

Coconut . . . A Tree of Life Preserving Health Benefits - More Health Benefits of Coconut Products

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Studies show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits, such as:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.

Source: Coconut Research Center

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      marydixon 5 years ago

      Very informative.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @DeboraR: There is a great site in Australia that has excellent coconut oil. Try South Pacfic Coconut Oil. or Rudanetrading

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful, and really interesting. Thank you.

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      Chocolatealchemy 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens, thank you. I'm a coconut oil addict - just love this Superfood!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Trying to feature this, but your url doesn't exist, according to Squidoo. Weird, do you know why?

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to Coconut Flour and the Life Enhancing Coconut Oil

      and angel blessed, because people have to know.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      I love to hear all the benefits of coconut oil ... and it smells good too!

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      annrhi 7 years ago

      We thought we were amongst the minority in appreciating the benefits of the humble coconut. It was very interesting to view this lens and we hope that many others do the same and gain the benefits from this amazing oil.

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      Chocolatealchemy 7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I use use coconut oil with just about everything - a superb superfood! Nice lens and so much info - thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I couldnt agree more with the info in article. For those in Australia try this site for virgin coconut oil www.rudanetrading.com.au

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I love cooking with coconut oil. Very informational lens.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I like your coconut oil lens... there's lots of helpful information. 5* and blessed.

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      shwetashah 8 years ago

      well chosen topic and good lens crafting. I weekly give head massage with coconut oil mostly in India people do that and also in south India people use it in cooking...5*

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      This is a wonderful and informative lens. I knew a little about coconut oil but this lens really filled me in. I can see why it is called the tree of life.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very informative and appreciated information.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Oh, you are wonderful! Thanks for the links!

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      Dee Gallemore 8 years ago

      Good question! I've just added a couple of links on how to make coconut oil at home.

      [in reply to Sylvestermouse]

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Very interesting lens! Of course I make coconut cakes which use the coconut and the water/milk of a coconut, but I am curious. How do you extract the oil? Do you have to buy it or can you process it yourself? Thanks!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow indeed! I know coconut oil is in a bunch of things I use, like skin and hair care, because I love the smell. Didn't know it was good for so many other things. I love to munch on pieces of a fresh coconut, and now I know it's even good for me!

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      DeboraR 8 years ago

      Wow! I didn't know there were so many uses and benefits of coconut oil. I'm thinking of trying it for my dry, flaking skin. Good lens!