Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Weight Loss
By Refadoc, Posted on : Friday, 03 July 2015 - 6:54 am IST
Oil has long been shunned for its high saturated fat content, but now it has been adopted and embraced by people all over the world owing to its immense health benefits. Today, coconut oil is being adopted as major staple cooking oil in many households all over the world. A lot of manufacturers are also using coconut oil in their packaging products. There have been claims all over about the oil being able to support everything from weight loss to even slowing down the progression of major degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. So, here is our very own overview over the health benefits of Coconut Oil and why you should be choosing it more often.
Nutritional Breakdown of Coconut Oil:
One tablespoon of Coconut Oil contains around 117 calories, 0 grams of proteins, 13.6 grams of Fat and 0 grams of Carbohydrate content. Coconut Oil contains little or no known vitamins or minerals.
Coconut Oil is made up of 100% fat. The presence of the fat structure however, does not differ from the traditional forms of saturated fats which are found in different animal products. Coconut Oil is also known to be packed with an unusual amount of Medium chain fatty acids or Triglycerides, which are harder for the body to convert into a stored form of fat.
Health Benefits of Consuming Coconut Oil:
1) Prevents Cardiovascular Disease:
Consuming around 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil in a day for 12 weeks has shown to decrease the chances of cardiovascular disease in patients.
2) Prevents Diabetes:
Diets which are high in MCT’s are also known to show an improved glucose tolerance as well as a reduced body fat accumulation as compared to people who consume a diet which is rich in LCT’s. It has also been shown to preserve the insulin action in the body and improves insulin sensitivity in people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes.
3) Aids in Weight Loss:
Coconut Oil is shown to lead a decrease in the waist size of people who consume it. Coconut Oil substitutes for the high in medium chain triglycerides which is quite beneficial for obese people. As compared with the other fats, Coconut Oil is known to contain around 2.6% fewer calories. Coconut Oil tends to increase your energy expenditure, helping you to burn more of your body fat in the process. The medium chain triglycerides found in Coconut Oil are known to increase the overall energy expenditure of the body as compared to the same amount of calories which are obtained from the longer chain fats. One research study has even concluded finding around 15-30 grams of MCT’s per day increased the overall body energy expenditure by almost 5%!
4) Protects your from Infections:
Around 50% of the fatty acids found in Coconut Oil are known to belong to the group of 12-Carbon Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid is known to kill harmful pathogens such as bacteria, virus and fungi in the body. These acids are also known to kill harmful pathogens such as Staphylococcus Auerus and many different kinds of yeasts.
5) Improves Blood Cholesterol Levels:
Coconut contains a lot of Saturated fats which are known to help your blood lipid profile in a better way. The saturated fats are known to raise the levels of the HDL Cholesterol and even change the LDL Cholesterol to a benign subtype. These lead to an improvement in the cardiovascular risk factors and lead to a reduced rate of heart disease over a longer term.
6) Hair Care and Health:
Coconut is considered great for your hair. It helps in the healthy growth of your hair and also imparts a shiny quality to it. It is also considered to be effective in reducing the protein loss from your hair, which often leads to unattractive and unhealthy hair. Coconut hair can be applied to the hair before taking a shower. It works as an effective conditioner and also helps in the re growth of the damaged hair. It contains essential properties which are needed for the nourishment and healing of damaged hair. With a regular massage of the coconut oil, your scalp will remain free of dandruff. Coconut oil also keeps your hair free from lice and lice eggs. These are some of the major reasons why coconut oil is a common ingredient used in the manufacture of shampoos and conditioners. Coconut Oil is applied topically for hair care.
7) Skin Care Benefits:
Coconut Oil is an excellent product for the skin as well. It works as an effective moisturizer on different skin tones. It’s benefits to the skin are quite similar to that of a mineral oil. However, unlike mineral oil, Coconut Oil is not known to have any side effects on the skin. Coconut Oil is a safe solution if you are suffering from dry or flaky skin. It also delays the aging process of the skin and treats the appearance of wrinkles or sagging of the skin which comes with age. It also helps to treat various skin problems such as Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Eczema and various other skin problems. This is one of the major reasons why Coconut Oil is used as a base ingredient in various products such as Soaps, Lotions and creams for the skin care. It also helps to prevent premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its anti oxidant properties.
8) Builds up the Immunity:
Coconut Oil is known to be greatly beneficial for the immune system. It helps to fortify the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, Lauric Acid, Capric Acid as well as Caprylic Acids. These acids contain antifungal, antibacterial as well as antiviral properties. The human body is known to convert the Lauric Acid into Monolaurin which is an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria.
9) Rejuvenates your Skin:
Coconut Oil contains a rich amount of Vitamin E which is quite beneficial for the skin. Vitamin E is needed by the skin for the healthy growth, repair of the skin and also maintains a smooth tone of the skin, protecting it from cracking. Coconut Oil also helps to guard the skin against premature aging and wrinkles. It has vital antioxidant properties which come a long way to enhance your skin. Coconut Oil is a major ingredient used in the preparation of skin nourishing products. Being rich in proteins, it keeps your skin healthy and rejuvenated. It contributes towards the growth of the cellular health and repairs the tissues of the skin. Since Coconut Oil rarely becomes rancid, it can be preserved for a long time, without soiling.
How to add Coconut Oil to your diet:
It is recommended to avoid any packaged or manufactured foods which contain partially hydrogenated Coconut Oil. During cooking, it is recommended to choose Virgin Coconut Oil and to use it in moderation. Coconut can be best used during baking owing to its sweet, coco nutty flavor. It can also substitute well instead of butter during the course of baking.
It is recommended to store coconut oil in a cool and dark place. Just like other saturated fats, it is solid when stored at room temperature and liquidifies upon heating.
Selecting the Correct Coconut Oil:
In the market, you would be able to find two different brands of Coconut Oil: Refined and Unrefined oil.
Refined Coconut Oil: is known to the tasteless and odorless. It can be used for the cooking purposes and it is resistant to very high temperatures.
Unrefined Coconut Oil: This Oil is also known as Virgin Coconut Oil and is known for its pleasant taste and odor. It is used in making creams and cosmetics.
Storing Coconut Oil:
Here are a few simple steps to use and store Coconut Oil:
- Once you have opened the bottle of the oil, it is recommended to store it in a fridge. This will help you to extend the shelf life of the oil by about 6 months.
- Store the oil in a dark place as sunlight can easily damage it.
- Make sure that the lid of the oil is shut tightly as the reaction with oxygen can lead to the breaking down of the oil.
Coconut oil has so many benefits. however the sad thing is that so many people are not aware of it. This article has been able to put into words and consolidate the major uses of coconut oil across different areas. Nice work. People should use it more often.
Yes, Anand. I agree with you. I have switched to Coconut Oil and it has been two years now. Although in the beginning my family members were a bit reluctant, they got used ti it after that and now I have been able to see a great change in their healths altogether.
Coconut Oil can also be used on your pets. Infact they are quite good for your pets as well. oconut oil is perfectly suitable for pets and may be taken internally or applied topically. Internally, coconut oil helps maintain normal functioning of the digestive tract and boosts immunity. Topically, coconut oil may be used on pet ears, cuts, wounds, sores and paws.
Am amazingly pure product, I use this for my hair and for giving massages, I also used it for stretch makes during pregnancy, smells gorgeous and very moisturising. Very pure and natural, Good for the whole family to use. Excellent product - lasts a long time and my hair is in much better condition due to this product. Would recommend product.
I use Coconut Oil for hot oil treatments before washing my hair - mixing it with Jojoba oil and Sweet Almond oil. This is fantastic for that and is really moisturizing. My hot oil treatments NEVER have the same effect without coconut oil. I've only used this specific product once but it works just fine, smells nice and is easy to use.
I can't speak for anyone who uses it for food or skin problems. But for my natural curls, it definitely quenches their thirst!