Tapping Into the Benefits Of Coconut Oil
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
For Tips On How To Make Your Own Coconut Oil . . . - Here are a couple of links to visit
- How to Make Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, which has a long history of culinary and therapeutic uses, can be made at home. Here are some tips regarding how to make coconut oil. How to Make Coconut Oil.
- How to Make Virgin Coconut Oil With Milyn and Peter Christopher
Here is the basic process Milyn and Peter Christopher use to make virgin coconut oil at home in Costa Rica and Philippines by fermentation.
- How to make coconut oil | eHow.com
How to make coconut oil. Making coconut oil is very easy. When you live in the rural area with coconut farm it is good to know how to make a coconut oil because you can use it for cooking or massaging or light for your...