Coconut Oil – its 52 properties and benefits

Herb for Pain Relief Nov 07, 2019 No Comments

Coconut oil is an oil extracted from the skin of Cocos Nucifera L. The main element of coconut oil is saturated fatty acid (more than 90% of all fatty acid). This type of fatty acid has medium-chain fatty acids such as Lauric Acid. And when you consume saturated fatty acids, it will be metabolized quite quickly, so it will be stored in the fatty tissue shorter than long-chain fatty acids.

Studies found that coconut oil did not have an impact on the weight loss of the participants (the participants maintained the same weight and didn't gain any more weight during the studies) and did not increase low-density lipoproteins (LDL). It also increases high-density lipoproteins which prevent you from cardiovascular disease caused by LDL.

Cold-pressed coconut oil which is sold in the market is coconut oil extracted without heat or any chemical process. It is also known as Virgin Coconut Oil which is clear, no color, no dreg, and can be consumed.

We like to use coconut oil to replace other kinds of oil for cooking. We may use it as a supplement; the suggested consumption for an adult is 3 – 4 teaspoons; while children are advised to consume 1 – 2 teaspoons. Coconut oil should be taken after each meal until you reach your daily consumption or you may mix it in your drink or juice (coconut oil mixed with tomato juice is quite a tasty drink.) Ladies like to use coconut oil in their hair treatment, use it as a facial cleanser, and skincare, etc.

Coconut oil can turn waxy when exposed to a temperature lower than 25 degrees Celsius. The wax will look like a white cream because of its high saturated fat content making it easier than other kinds of oil to turn waxy. This is necessarily not a bad thing. Instead, it indicates that coconut oil is of good quality. If you find them to be waxy when you buy it, just leave it at the room temperature and it will turn into an oil state. And please make sure not to put it in the direct sunlight.

1. On the label, look for the factory's name, and a serial number issued by the FDA.

2. Good-quality coconut oil should last about 5 years even after it's been opened. (but you should not eat it if it's rancid or has a sour smell)

3. Coconut oil should be clear and transparent. It might not work in some cases because bottles and containers might not be clear.

4. Good coconut oil shouldn't be rancid or has a sour smell. Even when it's been opened, it should not have any smell and it should be as if it's new coconut oil.

5. The feel of coconut oil when applying to the skin should be light and not sticky. When consumed, it should dissolve in the mouth and run through your throat easily and quickly. As it goes down your throat, it should not taste oily or has any foul smells.

6. When applied to the skin, it should be easily absorbed and does not leave any grease on the skin.

1. Brighten and hydrate skin

2. Slow down aging and degeneration as coconut oil has antioxidant properties.

3. It does not lead to weight gain and can help those who want to lose weight because coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acid which can be digested easily and isn't stored in the body. This molecule will stimulate metabolism which burns more calories. This, in turn, reduces the fatty content stored in the body.

4. Can help with weight loss indirectly because coconut oil increase metabolism which creates body heat. When body heat increases, the thyroid will function better which eventually lead to weight loss.

5. Help you to eat less in the next meal. It will make you feel full longer and decrease your appetite. That's why it is suitable for those who want to lose weight.

6. Detox and take toxin and waste of your body

7. Improve your immunity

8. Give you energy

9. Act as food for your body's cells

10. Help your body fight off disease

11. Maintain your heart. Make your heart stronger.

12. Prevent you from cardiovascular disease by increasing HDL and decreasing LDL (which causes cardiovascular disease.

13. expand your artery and prevent atherosclerosis which cardiovascular disease.

14. Lower the risk of cancer

15. Prevent cells from mutation to cancer cells.

16. Treat and alleviate diabetes symptom

17. Help pancreas to function produce insulin which is good for diabetes patients.

18. Help reduce the necessity of insulin injection every time diabetes patients have high blood sugar

19. Prevent tumor from developing

20. Treat mumps by applying coconut oil on them three times a day. It should get better after 3 days (coconut oil)

21. Treat ascites (virgin coconut oil)

22. Treat cholera (virgin coconut oil)

23. Act as laxative

24. Help to treat arthritis

25. Mixed with a balm or herbal yellow oil to alleviate muscle aches

26. Treat chronic skin condition caused by diabetes

27. Treat scald (coconut oil)

28. Treat burns

29. Decrease skin inflammation

30. Treat stercoral

31. Treat skin rush

32. Treat skin diseases (coconut oil)

33. Treat Tinea capitis by mixing coconut oil with rhizome, turmeric, and alum. Then apply to the affected area. (It's okay to use just the coconut oil)

34. Treat dandruff and tinea capitis by mixing coconut oil extracted from matured coconut milk. Apply it on your scalp and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse it with shampoo. Do it 2 times a week.

35. Treat athlete's foot by using coconut oil mixed with alum, limewater, and salt. Apply them on the affected area regularly (coconut oil)

36. Coconut oil has antiseptic properties. It can fight against bacteria, fungus, yeast fungus, virus, protozoa without causing drug resistance. Also, help to fight off diseases that create fat which prevents antibiotic from entering the cells to cure it.

37. Used as a hair care product to make your hair shiny by apply coconut oil all over your hair. Then, massage it into your scalp and hair and leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it off.

38. Treat damaged hair, hair loss, and split ends by applying coconut oil to dry hair. Leave it for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Your hair will be smooth, untangled, and straight.

39. Help prevent hair loss

40. Used as skincare to moisturize your skin. Advised to use them at night or before going to bed.

41. Rub it on the belly during your pregnancy to prevent stretchmark

42. Treat dry skin, cracked skin, and flaky skin

43. Coconut oil (extracted from coconut meal) can be used for cooking or cosmetics

44. Coconut oil contains high lauric acid which is the same fatty acid found in breast milk. When consumed, it will change into monolaurin which fight off diseases such as bacteria, fungus, virus, yeast, protozoa, etc.

45. Apply on the skin to prevent sunburn and skin cancer caused by UV (but it is better to use sunscreen)

46. Apply on the skin after a shower to prevent hyperpigmentation caused by the sun. Also, reduce hyperpigmentation.

47. Used as a key ingredient in many cosmetic products. Can help slow down aging and wrinkles

48. Treat cracked heels by messaging coconut oil into the skin every day for a week. Keep using it after your feet are healed to prevent it from reoccurring.

49. Used as a cleansing oil. Help to exfoliate your skin leaving your skin bright.

50. Used to message to stimulate sexual arousal

51. Coconut oil can be used as a natural lube during sexual intercourse because it has similar properties to the lubricant found in the vagina.

52. Coconut oil can be stored for a long time. It does not have a rancid smell but it can turn waxy when exposed to the cold. Most importantly, it doesn't create smoke when contacted with high heat, making it suitable for deep-frying food or snack. It can be put in juice, soup, salad dressing, shaved ice, ice-cream, or even steam rice to increase its softness and aroma.

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