What are Virgin Coconut Oil Health Benefits?

What are virgin coconut oil health benefits? Coconut oil is a fantastic product that has so many uses it really is hard to know where to begin, and can be a staple in your life for so many reasons as outlined in this post. 

For example, did you know you can use coconut oil to aid weight loss, or to make easy homemade chocolate? Or even that this delicious chocolate can help to boost weight loss? Yes, you heard that right, and that’s just for starters! Read on for many more amazing coconut benefits and prepare to be converted.

1. WEIGHT LOSS

It seems unbelievable that a fat can make you lose fat, but it absolutely can. Coconut oil helps with the fat burning process, and is known for reducing belly fat specifically. Belly fat is very dangerous because it entwines itself around your internal organs, causing all kinds of damage. It is also the only fat in the body that releases its own hormones, which can be the trigger for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Coconut oil burns calories!

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The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil can increase the amount of calories you burn by up to 5%. Now this may not seem like much, but just think about how this adds up to over time. However, it’s not recommended you eat more than a couple of teaspoons per day due to fats being unhealthy in other ways in high amounts. It’s all about portion control if you want benefits and not detrimental effects.

You must also be sure to add this oil INSTEAD of other oils and not as an extra on top, otherwise you will just be having too many calories that still need to be burnt off.

On top of its weight loss benefits, coconut fat is a hunger suppressor as its fatty acids make you feel satiated and full, thus helping you to consume less calories overall. So, not only does it help your body to burn fat, but it also lowers appetite making it one great oil for your weight loss diet.

How to use coconut oil

You can use coconut oil in most of your cooking or shallow frying; also in baking and sweet products. It goes especially well with stir-fries and vegetable dishes. But, you will get a slight coconutty taste from it, which you may love, but you may want to experiment with for yourself. If you don’t like the taste, then fortunately you can actually buy a taste-free version for your cooking.

For extra fat burning power, you should also be eating coconut oil alongside lots of other weight loss foods

2. WONDERFUL SKIN MOISTURISER

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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? Three products rolled into one, and easy on the wallet too!

It nourishes, feeds and protects, is anti microbial, anti fungal, and its lauric acid content makes it anti inflammatory as well. This means it’s also great for treating skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and dermatitis. However, you will need to check that coconut oil is ok for your particular skin type before you go ahead and use it.

3. SKIN TREATMENT FOR ACNE

Coconut oil’s lauric acid content plays a big part in helping to clear acne when taken both internally and externally. And, its anti bacterial components help it to ward off the nasty bacterial infections that worsen this condition. You can simply put your coconut oil straight onto the skin as a moisturiser and it will sink in pretty fast. It may seem oily at first, but your skin will soon become accustomed to it.

4. ANTI AGING

Coconut oil helps repair skins collagen, which is obviously a dream come true for most of us who are trying to look as good as possible, for as long as possible. Collagen is a structural protein in the skin that keeps it smooth, elastic and wrinkle free, and coconut oil penetrates deeply into the skin attracting the protein molecules needed to repair your precious collagen. 

Coconut oil also plays a protective role for skin

Coconut oil also prevents skin from premature aging, due to the protective role it offers from your exposure to pollution, UV rays, and all the other chemicals you may put on your face and body in the form of soaps, creams and make up. It counteracts these things by not only forming a protective layer on your skin, but also by its antioxidant action which reduces oxidative damage.

There are many other natural anti aging products that will work well alongside coconut oil to protect you from what is called telomere aging. Telomeres are strands of DNA that shorten as you get older, and which are responsible for aging in general. Preventing them from shortening in any way you can is crucial to keeping you youthful for longer, both on the inside AND out.

5. INTENSIVE HAIR TREATMENT

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Coconut oil is seriously one of the best at home, deep conditioning, hair treatments available. It not only thickens and moisturises, but actually helps your hair grow faster (especially if you add a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil that also happens to be a great hair follicule stimulator).

How to use coconut oil on your hair

Melt a little oil, either in your hands or over a very low heat in a saucepan (you will only need a matter of seconds) and apply straight onto dry hair about an hour (or as long as possible) before a shower. Massage the oil into the scalp to stimulate hair growth, and then take all the way down to the ends. Beware, it does take about 3 shampoos to get rid of the oily residue, but the good news is you won’t need a conditioner as your hair will be left super soft by the oil.

6. ALL OVER BODY MOISTURISER

This is best done straight after a shower or bath, and also whilst skin is still damp as this will allow the oil to just melt straight in, seeping into the pores for intensive moisturisation. Just put the coconut oil straight in your hand and massage between your palms to melt. Then apply all over the body, vigourously massaging as you go, which will also help to get the blood flowing and break up cellulite.

7. IMPRESSIVE AFTER SUN TREATMENT

Not only does coconut oil marginally protect from the sun’s harmful rays with its SPF of 4, but it’s also great when used as a soothing after sun lotion. It really helps to take the sting out of sun burnt skin, whilst also keeping it wonderfully moisturised.

TO CONCLUDE

As you can see, the health benefits of virgin coconut oil are many. And, it certainly makes a great addition to your diet because it’s easy, cheap, and highly effective for so many diverse uses. A large tub will last you quite a while, but be sure to buy reputable and organic brands to make sure you are getting a top quality product, if you don’t do this, then these benefits may be compromised.

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I would love to hear from you guys and if you have any questions, or even your own uses for coconut oil that I could add to this already long list then please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please check out these other natural steps to beauty for more tips on all-natural products and how to use them.

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5 thoughts on “What are Virgin Coconut Oil Health Benefits?”

  1. This article is very informative! These benefits of coconut oil are just amazing, I never would’ve realized how helpful it could be in weight loss either, considering that it’s also ‘oil’ or ‘fat.’ But for cooking, for some it’s cool but coconut oil could alter the taste of particular food, don’t you agree? And I’m not quite sure of how much it works in certain levels of heat. But otherwise those other external benefits to our bodies, I couldn’t agree more with them. Growing up, my grandma will use this oil as our conditioner, although it does have a strong scent, it definitely made my hair stronger and shiny ;), so yeah this oil is just full of wonder.

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    • Hi there, thanks for enjoying the article, and yes coconut oil is just amazing and I really do use it for almost everything. In answer to your questions, you’re right and maybe I should actually mention this in the post that it is not so tasty with all foods like potatoes and eggs (however, you can actually get smell and taste free coconut oil specifically for cooking) but it is great with all dessert type dishes and fragrant dishes like stir fry’s and curries. As for its smoking point it is actually one of the best oils to use at high heat as it stays stable at and doesn’t turn toxic. This is even the same for the extra virgin coconut oil, unlike extra virgin olive oil that should never be used for high heat cooking. Hope this answers your questions and thank you.

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  2. I always knew coconut oil had many benefits when eating, but I never knew the benefits to my skin. It seems like I can cook with it and use it as a lotion at the same time, crazy.

    I do get dry skin at times, and I’m in the sun a lot. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for all the health guidance.

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