How To Choose Coconut Oil
There are times this writer feels like an evangelical, spreading the Good News about organic coconut oil… Have you incorporated organic coconut oil into YOUR life?
There are two kinds of people in the modern world – those who have heard enough (too much, maybe) about the benefits of coconuts and coconut oil & those who haven’t heard anything about it.
Needless to say, this article is more for the latter than the former, but you may learn something anyway so stick around because coconut oil is seriously one of the best things you can start using and it really has so many uses (except frying; it’ll burn – learn from our fail).
Coconuts are one of the most underutilized foods with a secret wealth of nutritional value and an amazing number of benefits. The coconut provides a special kind of oil that is made of several ingredients including lauric acid and medium-chain fatty acids. Coconut oil is stable in high heat while cooking and has antibacterial properties. Monolaurin, which is found in coconut oil, is also found in breast milk and is suspected to help protect a developing baby from infection. The fatty acids from coconut milk may protect against the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers as well as protect against certain viruses. Coconut oil appears to have the unique ability to help protect against bad bacteria while leaving good bacteria to its business. It is due in part of this that coconut oil is great as a topical treatment for wounds.
Coconut oil actually provides several different healing properties that are applicable to many parts of the body. The skin is a primary benefactor due to coconut oil’s benefits as a moisturizer; it also treats and prevents skin infections as well as treat scars and cellulite. Using coconut oil in one’s hair is also recommended as it keeps it lush and healthy.
Used as a supplement to a dietary plan, it can help heal ulcers and lower bad cholesterol. Clinically, many patients have found success with weight loss by focusing on healthy fats in their diet with items such as avocado, nuts, and coconut milk and oil. Additionally, the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24-hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term. Coconut oil has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar, as well as improve cognitive function and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.
How can you add this wonderful product to your life? Well, coconut oil can be used with most other oils when cooking (such as using it as a butter substitute in baking) or sauteing, added to smoothies, or even applied directly to the skin and/or hair. When you apply coconut oil to your hair, it helps grow healthy hair and gives it a shiny quality. It also is effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to dull and brittle hair. Coconut oil is used extensively in the Indian sub-continent for this purpose; most people apply the oil to their hair every day after bathing. By regularly massaging one’s head with coconut oil, it’ll even reduce (and eventually eliminate) dandruff – yes, even if your scalp is chronically dry. Additionally, it’ll prevent infestation from lice and lice eggs.
So, have you accepted coconut oil into your heart and home?