First of all, where does this whole Coconut Oil trend come from? Also, why is everybody talking about Coconut products all over social media? Well, more than a trend, as one of the healthiest foods out there, it’s become part of the lifestyle of those who are concerned about their health and about what they put in their body.
Before we deep into the benefits of Coconut Oil, let me point out there are different sorts in the market. To really appreciate all its benefits, you should go for a non-processed extra-virgin organic Coconut Oil.
Although it seems fancy, it’s important to chose the right product as most of refined Coconut Oils lose a lot of their antioxidants so they aren’t as efficient.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
As I just mentioned, coconut is a super-food as it holds countless benefits for our health. Coconut Oil contains Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), that is to say saturated fats in it are easily broke down and digested by our stomach. Those fats are also proven to reduce bad cholesterol (the one that’s not produced by your own body) and enhance the production of healthy cholesterol. As a matter of fact, it’s a very important reliable source of energy. Plus, Coconut Oil is anti-bacterial and a natural antibiotic which can help heal urinary and kidney infections.
Second of all, it helps burning calories and build muscle (say Hello to your six-pack). On top of that, it’s a source of energy which doesn’t depend on glucose so it helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Once again I insist, as I did in my «Why are you always hungry? (And how to stop it)» post, that it’s crucial to maintain your blood-sugar at a low and stable level.
Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil
- Hair and Beard Care:
A lot of people, specially Men, would be surprised to reckon that Coconut Oil is the simplest moisturizer ever for the sleekest and smoothest beard. (Great as after-shave too!) Indeed, this oil is a great hair conditioner (perfect for a DIY hair-spray) and mask for dry hair. In fact, my hair has never felt as shiny and soft since I started using oil on it.
- Skin treatment:
As for hair, Coconut Oil is an excellent hand and nail moisturizer. As well as for skin: it’s loaded with antioxidants that slow skin aging. Furthermore, by its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial attributes, this oil is recomended for treating skin issues like acne or eczema for instance. By those properties, this product is a natural remedy for sunburns as well.
Coconut Oil is also excellent to be used as a gentle cleanser and eye make-up remover, particularly if you have very dry or sensitive skin. It can work to clean makeup brushes as well.
- Oral Hygiene:
I was surprised by that fact when doing my research, but, it’s proven that Coconut Oil Pulling takes out the dirt and bad breath by its high antiseptic properties. Isn’t that crazy? This technique consists in swishing a tablespoon of Coconut Oil in your mouth for 20 minutes before you wash your teeth. If you want to know more about Oil Pulling an its benefits, click here.
First steps cooking with Coconut Oil
Aside from all the benefits I just mentioned, Coconut Oil is also a safe oil to cook with. In fact, its saturated fats retain their structure in high temperatures unlike polyunsaturated fats found in vegetable oil that can lead to inflammation and various health issues. So if you’re all about frying you should definitely give Coconut Oil a try!
Among others, Coconut Oil works well to:
- Stir-fry veggies
- Roast potatoes
- Make omelets
- Melt chocolate
- Pop Corn in a pan
Tip: It’s a healthier substitute for whipped cream and butter.
Do you think now Coconut Oil is worth the try? I hope this post made you want to experience at least one of the benefits of this wonderful oil. Feel free to comment down below what you use Coconut Oil for and what are the improvements you have noticed.
Have a stupendous week,