What are Virgin Coconut Oil Health Benefits?

What are virgin coconut oil health benefits? Well, the truth is, coconut oil is a fantastic product that has so many uses it really is hard to know where to begin, and it’s been an absolute staple in my life for many reasons. 

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

1. WEIGHT LOSS

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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 as it entwines itself around your internal organs and can causes all kinds of damage; not only that, 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!

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. It works out about 100 calories a day, which is 700 a week and 2800 a month. But 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 otherwise you may actually just gain weight instead. 

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, and 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

jar of coconut oil

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

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

3. SKIN TREATMENT FOR ACNE

acne on the face

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 telomere aging. These are strands of DNA that shorten as you get older and are responsible for aging in general, but 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

lustrous long brown hair

Coconut oil is seriously one of the best at home, deep conditioning  hair treatments I have ever tried – I love it! 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 is also a great hair follicule stimulator.

How to use:-

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 suns 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.

8. LOWERING OF BAD CHOLESTEROL

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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.

But even knowing this, you should always eat coconut oil in moderation for these benefits (around 2 tablespoons a day is enough). Any more could be detrimental!

9. IMPROVED BRAIN FUNCTION

Coconut oil may improve brain function in those with Alzheimer’s disease, and although more trials need to be done some studies suggest that the fatty acids in coconut oil may increase levels of ketones in the blood, thus supplying more energy for brain cells and therefore reducing symptoms.

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 as 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 top quality, if you don’t do this then these benefits may suffer.

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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 my other natural steps to beauty for more tips on all-natural products and how to use them. Thanks for reading!

Stefanie Taylor
Plant based eating is set to EXPLODE in 2019; not just for health reasons, but also to help keep our beautiful planet thriving. I have lived this healthful lifestyle for over 2 years, which is the reason why zestforever was born to share my experiences, trials and errors, how I overcame them, and how to turn to this lifestyle in such a way that you will thrive too.

I have studied, tried and tested healthy foods, superfoods and diets for over 25 years, but nothing has come close to giving me the buzz of wellness that plant based eating has. To expand my knowledge further I have also studied and worked as a Sports Nutritional Advisor, Nutritional Therapist, and Clinical Weight Loss Advisor - all of which can tie in with the plant based diet.

This website is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical diseases or illnesses. It's merely meant as a way of showing you how to boost your health through the eating of more nutritious plant foods in place of junk foods.

I am grateful for your support, and I hope that the tips and guides you find here will help to guide you on your own plant based journey.

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.

    • 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.

  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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