There are so many wonderful health benefits to coconut oil. There is not just ten or twenty, there are almost one hundred uses for the coconut oil and the effects of it are amazing.
One of the major uses of coconut oil is for hair health. The oil nourishes the hair so deeply that it is known to condition, protect and repair hair to leave it rich and beautiful. As a woman with EXTREMELY thick hair, Coconut oil has been my go-to natural product for my hair regime. I run the oil through my hair so that it keeps it hydrated but also seals and protects it from damage. Plus it smells good too!!
A very good serum to use for all hair types is the Organix Coconut Oil hair serum. I absolutely love this product because it enriches my hair with vitamins and leaves it very shiny. It is not sticky at all and it does not flatten your hair but gives it bounce and maintains its healthy appearance. The best part is, it is inexpensive! I’ve provided the link below!
Another amazing use is a skin moisturizer. The natural properties coconut oil has for hair is the same for skin in terms of nourishment. Coconut is known to be loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, so its use is perfect to add hydration, calm irritated skin and protect skin from sunburns.
When taken internally, it can also help relieve allergy symptoms and discomfort. If used in tea, it helps sooth a sore throat too as well as killing any harmful bacteria that may cause illness.
Coconut oil is a great tool for cooking with too. Unlike other cooking oils that may have a tendency to break down, Coconut oil is known to have more a stability when cooking. In addition, the nutritional properties of the oil have an amazing benefit to the body. When cooking, coconut oil is an excellent substitute for dairy products such as butter which is a common cooking additive. Consuming coconut oil whether it may be in snacks or meals, adds an excellent source of energy for mental health, especially for young children.
There are several cooking substitutes involving coconut.
Coconut Flour: Coconut flour is dried, ground coconut meat which is gluten free and low in carbohydrates, high in fiber amounts and great for baking goods.
Coconut Sugar: Extracted from coconut sap, this has a very sweet taste similar to what brown sugar would taste like but is loaded with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is friendly for diabetics being low in glycemic foods.
Coconut Milk/Cream: Coconut milk is made by the mixture of fresh shredded coconut meat with water then transferring it through a sieve. Coconut cream is similar to milk but without the contents of water. This an excellent source of thickening when cooking.
Containing Vitamin D, there is a benefit to increasing bone health in both children and adults. With its vitamin and mineral properties, this decreases the risk of osteoporosis in older adults.
Coconut oil can help boost metabolism. Internally, it travels to the liver almost immediately after consumption and is then used for energy and as storage for fat. This use can assist in weight loss.
There are several types of coconut oil.
- Organic Coconut Oil- This oil has the most benefits as stated and is known to have the highest antioxidant levels. When used for cooking there are no nutrients lost, however. the heat results in the oil becoming higher quality. It is best used taken internally but can be used externally as well.
- Refined Coconut Oil- This oil in particular, is often modified so that it’s tasteless and unscented. Many refined coconut oils do not carry the health benefits as organic coconut oil has. It is best used externally
- Fractioned or MCT(Medium Chained Triglycerides) Oil- While this oil does not contain ALL the beneficial properties that refined or organic coconut oil has, it is primarily used for brain-boosting nutrients and mental alertness. Like redefined coconut oil, it is best used externally.
Benefits between young and mature coconuts:
With young coconuts, they contain more of a water and soft meat. In mature coconuts, they have more of a firm meat and less water. Young coconuts have more enhanced health benefits than mature coconuts do. Young coconuts have an incredible source of electrolytes which are responsible for keeping the body hydrated for appropriate body function.
Most people after working out, replenish themselves from the water lost with Gatorade or Powerade. This two “popular” sports drinks in particular, have LESS of the appropriate nutrients to replace water loss. A better choice is to drink coconut water as it has a better advantage of replenishing lost nutrients. Coconut water is low in calories, carbohydrates, and sugars. In addition, it has high amounts of ascorbic acid, vitamin B and proteins.