The beauty industry loves a good hype. And when it really comes down to it, very little products and ingredients have been right in the spotlight for as long as coconut oil has. I mean, I am not surprised. It has many uses, suits nearly all skin types, and won’t break the bank. So, today I am going to share some of the many hidden benefits of using coconut oil on a daily basis.
It contains powerful fatty acids
Coconut oil contains very powerful fatty acids, it is known for being one of the richest sources of saturated fat around, with around 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated. There has never been such a misunderstood nutrient than saturated fat. Many people claim that it can cause heart diesease, however with new studies constantly being done new data is being found. These studies on coconut oil with hundreds of thousands of participants have found NO link to heart diesease whatsoever. Coconut oil has a special kind of saturated fat, unlike the kind in cheese, milk, beef etc, it contains Medium Chain triglycerides which are fatty acids of a medium length. These MCT’s go straight to the liver and are used as a very quick yet effective source of energy.
Coconut oil can help burn fat
As you will know, obesity is a major problem in many countries. You don’t need to compromise your health to lose weight. Coconut oil enhances our ability to digest food and absorb nutrients from it so that you can eat less without feeling weak or tired all the time. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the impact of overweight participants consuming medium chain fatty acid oils compared to long-chain fatty acids. They discovered that subjects who consumed the medium chain fatty acid oils had a lower body weight and more fat loss at the end of the research.
It can aid in stabilising your blood sugar
As I mentioned above, coconut oil absorbs nutrients easily without a huge need for digestive enzymes, the pancreas is under a lot less stress and therefore produces insulin more efficiently. When your body has the sufficient amounts of insulin, your cells receive the blood sugar they need to fuel your daily activities.
Helps build a stronger immune system
Coconut oil sustains the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. These all are known to have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid (which is one of the most abundant fatty acid- which takes up nearly 52% of coconut oils fat content) into monolaurin, which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases. It does this in a way that does not lead to resisitance, which is pretty cool.
Helps with building stronger teeth
Calcium is a very important part of our teeth. Coconut oil helps in developing stronger teeth because it helps your body to absorb calcium. It also stops tooth decay. Research suggests that coconut oil is a great product in reducing plaque. Healthier smiles all round.
Helps to keep organs efficient and healthy
Because MCT’s in coconut oil are easily converted into energy, it can be a fantastic help in preventing liver diseases as it reduces the amount of work the liver is put under. Coconut oil can also help in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases and help to dissolve kidney stones.
Protects your hair from damage and dandruff
The Journal of Cosmetic Science conducted a study looking at the effects of various oils and how they protect against hair damage. The study discovered that coconut oil was able to prevent combing damage to all different hair types. They also found that coconut oil had a much greater effect on reducing protein loss in hair, compared to various other oils such as sunflower oil and mineral oil.
Coconut oil has been proven to improve skin conditions like xerosis, which is rough, itchy, and dry skin. That being said, coconut oil has a unique ability to improve skin hydration and increase lipid levels on the surface of the skin. Perfect for rubbing on the scalp as a moisturiser to prevent dandruff.
Reduces inflammation and arthritis
If you have or know someone who has arthritis, you can only imagine how much pain they are often in. A study in India showed that coconut oil was shown to increase antioxidant enzymes as well as decrease the expression of inflammatory genes like COX-2, iNOS, and IL-6. A great remedy for inflammed skin!
As you can see, coconut oil has many health benefits that go along with it. I think it is just so awesome that we have a product so easy to get our hands on, that is so good for you. It is something that I definitely recommend using on a daily basis! Also, you can find it at any good supermarket, organic shop or at your local markets.