Coconut oil is very popular in cooking as well as for cosmetic purposes. It is also used in daily body hygiene and in the treatment of many diseases.
Why is it so valuable?
What really makes coconut oil a super product?
It contains a unique combination of fatty acids of about 95%, many vitamins, and other excellent substances: vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, C, E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc. It has both nutritional and healing effects.
Coconut oil cannot get spoiled. It can be used repeatedly for frying.
The best kind is cold-pressed. It can be stored in a cool, dark place for about 2 years. It occurs in a solid form. It melts at temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius. It does not change its taste. It has a white, milky color. Studies show that people who consume coconut oil are simply healthy people.
As something interesting, let me say that the population of Kitara’s and the populations living in the Atolls of South Pacific are extremely healthy and coconut is the major part of their diet.
In addition, coconut oil helps to burn body fat, so it can be an important part of the diet.
What fatty acids does coconut oil contain?
Saturated fatty acids (about 95%), that is:
- lauric acid about 50% (only found in mother’s milk, a natural antibiotic).
It has antibacterial effects and can be used to treat various infections, both bacterial and viral.
It constitutes about 50% of fatty acids.
During the digestion by enzymes, a monoglyceride, also called monolaurin, is formed. And it is the lauric and monolauric acids that destroy bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
In addition, by systematically taking coconut oil and including it into your diet, it turns out that you eat less, and thus your body weight drops.
We should consume about 30 grams of this oil daily.
- myristic acid – 20%,
- palmitic acid – 10%,
- Caprylic Acid – 6%
- Decanoic acid – 6%
- Stearic acid – 3%.
The coconut oil also includes unsaturated fatty acids:
- monounsaturated – Omega 9 oleic acid,
- polyunsaturated – Omega 6 linoleic acid.
Most importantly, MCT triglycerides are transformed into energy and not into adipose tissue. They accelerate metabolism, regulate bowel movements, improve the absorption of calcium, magnesium and many nutrients. They exhibit therapeutic properties in diseases of the nervous system as well as in epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. They are hypoallergenic, have a positive effect on the activity of the heart and blood vessels.
What are other uses of coconut oil?
In oral hygiene
I recommend preparing a toothpaste that I have been using for a long time:
- ¼ glass of coconut oil,
- ½ glass of baking soda,
- natural peppermint oil or other about 40 drops.
The paste prevents caries, improves the health of the gums and prevents their bleeding and pain. With time, it retracts the painful tooth necks, destroys bacteria and yeasts. Currently, everyone eats a lot of sugars and processed foods, that’s why the oral cavity is the best place for bacteria and yeast development and growth.
- As a mouthwash. We rinse our mouths with just oil, which then melts and takes a liquid form. It should be squeezed through the teeth in one direction and the other. It strengthens enamel, bleaches teeth, treats periodontium and gum disease.
- As a conditioner or hair mask. First, I massage the coconut oil into the hair and scalp. I leave it there for about 20 minutes and then I wash the hair with a regular shampoo. Coconut oil protects the hair against loss of elasticity, provides nutrients, heals the scalp ex. from dandruff. Hair regains its glow, elasticity.
- For removing makeup. I put the coconut oil on a cotton ball and rub the eyes and face removing the make-up. It also moisturizes, nourishes and does not cause allergies.
- As an antiperspirant. To prevent the unpleasant odor that is produced with sweat, you must prevent the growth of bacteria. So, you change the environment from acidic to alkaline. You should take similar steps as with the toothpaste. It works antifungal, antibacterial, additionally moisturizes, nourishes and does not irritate the skin. Store in a glass container. Put on your armpits in a small amount.
- You can use the same product to cure various types of skin changes: acne, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, psoriasis and decubitus-sore wounds.
- For hygiene and the hygiene of the intimate zones.
- For massage
- As a sun-tanning oil – sun protection factor SPF 4-6.
- For bath.
Coconut Oil in the kitchen, in beauty, and in medicine
- above all, the oil is the best for frying food in high temperatures, it can be reused many times,
- it can be used as a spread for the bread and pastry
- for cooking,
- as an ingredient in your smoothies – it contains lots of vitamins and minerals.
- with colds,
- to strengthen your immune system,
- improves metabolism and helps with overweight,
- for allergy sufferers – relieves the symptoms of a runny nose,
- skin diseases: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, acne,
- heals wounds, sores – also in diabetes,
- heals sunburns,
- great for the thyroid gland,
- for diseases of the nervous system, e.g. Alzheimer, Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, antiseptic, antibacterial.
- great face lotion: moisturizes, eliminates wrinkles because it contains antioxidants, the skin does not age,
- great body lotion: moisturizes, nourishes, fights cellulite and stretch marks,
- for hair care – as a mask, conditioner. Nourishes, moisturizes, improves the condition of the hair, anti-dandruff, hair does not fall out,
- for baby care – natural, suitable for bathing and skin care,
- for breast care of nursing mothers,
- additionally, it is great for the athletes.
An interesting fact is the excellent effects of coconut oil on animals. You can cure their skin diseases, nurture the fur, control the weight, improve digestion, provide nutrients and antioxidants, fight against fungal infections with the same coconut oil.
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