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Coconut oil – health and beauty uses

By on August 31, 2015

Amazing beauty benefits and medicinal properties of coconut oil

 

Classified as a “super-food”, coconut oil can have important positive effects on health, as well as surprising beauty uses that can replace harmful, chemical cosmetics.

In some parts of the world, people consuming big amounts of coconut oil are in excellent health and stay heart disease free.

Health related benefits

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT), beneficial fatty acids that boost overall health and also prevent specific conditions.

MCT’s have been shown to aid loosing weight, by reducing appetite and significantly help with burning more dangerous fat, especially around your abdomen. On a long term, coconut oil is a valuable ally for weigh-losing diets. Loaded with MCT’s, it can also reduce the risk of heart disease, by improving LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.

Coconut oil additionally contains Lauric acid, that can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, staving off and preventing infections.

Inside the body, the fatty acids in coconut oil are converted into ketones. The so called ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates and very high in fats (which translates into high ketone bodies concentrations) and it is currently studied to be a part of pediatric epilepsy treatment. It seems that the ketogenic diet may dramatically reduce epileptic seizures in children.

Moreover, ketone bodies can supply the human brain with energy and reduce Alzheimer disease symptoms. Medium chain triglycerides’ potential as a therapeutic approach for Alzheimer’s is being intensively studied by scientist. By that, this valuable oil may boost brain function and have a positive outcome for dementia suffering patients.

Another surprising use of coconut oil is as a mouthwash alternative and refers to killing mouth bacteria, improving oral health and reducing bad breath.

But coconut oil is also a beauty booster

Because of its real qualities, many women use it for cosmetic purposes, to improve skin and hair look and health. Coconut oil can prevent hair damage, moisturise skin and also offers sun screen protection against harmful UV rays. As a moisturiser, it improves hydration and lipid levels, especially for dry skin types.

Applied topically, it can be used as an excellent massage oil that relieves cracked or damaged skin and also has a smoothing and calming effect. Hardened and cracked feet skin can be alleviated within a few days cure.

Coconut oil can be a natural and ideal alternative for lip balms. Cracked lips can this way be treated without exposing the skin to harmful artificial cosmetics.

As an exfoliant, this precious oil can eliminate dead skin cells and unblock the pores, without the irritative effect of traditional scrubs and cam improve overall skin texture and appearance.

Many women also use this versatile oil as an organic make-up remover, with great results for sensitive areas.

With its luscious aroma and light consistency, either you choose to use it for sautéing and baking, or for enhancing body care results, this “super-food” will definitely emphasize your healthy diet and smart beauty tips’ effects.

 

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About Laura Parvan

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