The ten benefits of coconut oil

The ten benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of those magical ingredients that seems to fix everything, from skin conditions, to thin, lank hair.

It’s said to have antibacterial properties that can heal, and even kill bacteria in the mouth.

And not only can you use it for its medicinal properties on your skin, by eating it you can help to protect against high cholesterol, and it also tastes pretty nice!

So what are the best uses of coconut oil?

  1. Skin health: A great moisturiser, coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin and it’s great for dry skin and conditions such as eczema. It’s antioxidant properties mean it helps to keep infections at bay.
  2. Hair care: Applying coconut oil to the hair helps reduce protein loss, making it shine and helping keep dandruff and other head conditions at bay.
  3. Heart health: Containing 50% lauric acid, coconut oil in food is believed to help prevent high cholesterol.
  4. Weight loss: Coconut oil can boost thyroid function and help to reduce abdominal obesity in women.
  5. Immunity: A combination of antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid and caprylic acid, create an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial super-oil which can boost your immune system.
  6. Dental health: Coconut oil helps with the absorption of calcium, meaning your teeth will benefit from a daily dose.
  7. Stress relief: Used as a massage oil on the head, it is said to relief stress and anxiety.
  8. Digestive function: The antimicrobial properties of coconut help with gut health, and can improve issues such as irritable bowel syndrome.
  9. Healing: Coconut oil speeds up the healing process, so it’s particularly useful to reduce the appearance of bruises.
  10. Tastes good: You can use coconut oil in your cooking instead of other oils to add a delicious light coconut hint to your meals, knowing that you’re putting some goodness in your body.

The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Mike D.
18 October 2016

Mike D.

I have heard that it's good for you if it's the real unrefined stuff but not so good if you get cheap imitations. So read the label carefully. Also, I do wonder how ethical this stuff is. Shipping coconuts from halfway across the world just to please our health requirements....quite a lot of carbon emissions there.

Matthew C.
13 October 2016

Matthew C.

My girlfriend bought some of this a while ago and I couldn't stop eating it by the spoonful. Gorgeous stuff, and didn't know it was so good for me

Daniel M.
13 October 2016

Daniel M.

Same, I didn't know it had this many uses! >

Emma C.
12 October 2016

Emma C.

I have a pot at the back of the cupboard and haven't used it for ages. I shall be getting it out again thanks for reminding me why I bought it!

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