There are so many awesome virgin coconut oil health benefits it really is hard to know where to begin. Coconut oil is an absolute staple in my life, and in this post I will share with you the many reasons why. For example, did you know can use coconut oil to aid weight loss? Well you can, and that’s just for starters; read on for many more amazing coconut benefits.
1. WEIGHT LOSS
Can you believe a fat can make you lose fat? Well YES, it absolutely can. Coconut oil helps with the fat burning process, and is known for reducing belly fat specifically. Belly fat is dangerous as it entwines itself around the internal organs causing all kinds of damage, and in many cases can be the trigger for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil increase the amount of calories you burn by up to 5%. Now this may not seem like much, but just think about how much this adds up to over time. It works out about 100 calories a day, which is 700 a week and 2800 a month!
These figures are based on the consumption of 15-30 grams of coconut oil per day, and it is not recommended that you eat more than that. And make sure you add this oil INSTEAD of other oils and not as an extra!
On top of its already great weight loss benefits – coconut oil is a hunger represser because its fatty acids make you feel satiated and full, which means you will consume less, and therefore take in less calories overall.
How To Use Coconut Oil
You can use it in most of your cooking or shallow frying and in baking and sweet products. It goes especially well with stir-fry’s and in vegetable dishes, but remember you will get a slight coconutty taste from it which personally I love, but you may want to experiment with it for yourself. You can actually buy taste free coconut oil if you really don’t like the taste of coconut, so all is not lost.
For extra fat burning power you should also be eating lots of fat burning foods as much as possible and you will find things working a lot faster for you.
2. WONDERFUL SKIN MOISTURISER
In fact, coconut oil does not just moisturise skin, but also acts as an all in one cleanser, toner AND moisturiser. How fantastic is that? 3 products rolled into one, and CHEAP! It nourishes, and feeds and protects skin, is anti microbial, anti fungal, and its lauric acid content makes it anti inflammatory as well. This means it is also great for treating many skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and dermatitis.
3. SKIN TREATMENT FOR ACNE
Coconut oils amazing lauric acid content gives it the status of playing a big part in helping to clear acne (when taken both internally and externally). Its anti bacterial components help it to ward off the nasty bacterial infections that worsen acne.
4. ANTI AGING
Coconut oil helps repair skins collagen, which is obviously a dream come true for most of us! Collagen is a structural protein in the skin which keeps it smooth, elastic and wrinkle free. Coconut oil penetrates deeply into the skin attracting the protein molecules we need to repair collagen.
Coconut oil also prevents skin from premature aging due to its protective role from exposure to pollution, UV rays, and also from the other chemicals that we put on our face in the form of soaps, creams and make up. It counteracts these things by forming a protective layer on the skin, and also by its antioxidant action which goes a long way to reducing oxidative damage.
There are many other natural supplements that will work well alongside coconut oil and help protect telomere aging from the inside. Please check out here my favorite ‘Supplements for Anti Aging’.
5. INTENSIVE HAIR TREATMENT
Coconut oil is seriously the best hair treatment I have tried. It thickens, moisturises, and helps hair grow faster. Melt a little and apply onto dry hair about an hour (or as long as possible) before a shower. Massage the oil into the scalp to stimulate hair growth (by the way, this really works!) and all the way down to the ends. It takes about 3 shampoos to get rid of the oily residue, but you won’t need a conditioner.
6. ALL OVER BODY MOISTURISER
This is best done straight after a shower or bath when skin is still damp as the oil will melt straight in, seeping into the pores for intensive moisturisation.
7. IMPRESSIVE AFTER SUN TREATMENT
Not only does coconut oil marginally protect from the suns harmful rays with an SPF 4, but is great when used as a soothing after sun lotion. It really helps to take the sting out of sun burnt skin and keeps it wonderfully moisturised.
8. LOWERING OF CHOLESTEROL
Although coconut oil contains 90% saturated fatty acids, new data has shown that these are virtually harmless. It contains healthy saturated fats that may increase good HDL cholesterol in the body, and convert the bad LDL into a more harmless form. Always eat coconut oil in moderation for these benefits (around 2 tablespoons a day is enough).
9. IMPROVED BRAIN FUNCTION
Coconut oil may improve brain function in people with Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. Studies are showing that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase levels of ketones in the blood, supplying more energy for brain cells and therefore reducing symptoms.
As you can see the virgin coconut oil health benefits are many, and it is easy, cheap and highly effective for so many diverse uses. A large tub will last you quite a while, but be sure to buy good organic brands to make sure you are getting top quality, otherwise the benefits may suffer.
I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or your own uses for coconut oil that I could add to the list, so please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.