THEY SAID COCONUT OIL WAS GREAT FOR YOU, BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU

THEY SAID COCONUT OIL WAS GREAT FOR YOU, BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU

Coconut belongs to the Arecaceae family and the Cocoideae subfamily.

Its flesh being very high in healthy fatty acids and the composition of fat is different depending on the type and processing of the oil. 90%of the coconut oil is actually the medium-chain saturated fatty acids and there is also a slight contribution of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids. it turns out that coconut is the main ingredient in each product:

 

  • coconut oil
  • coconut butter
  • coconut shreds
  • coconut water
  • coconut milk and cream
  • coconut flour
  • and even coconut soya sauce

The flesh of the coconut oil contains healthy fatty acids, and approximately 90% of them are medium chain fatty acids. The medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA’s) are very beneficial because human body can easily digest, absorb and utilize and are essential for brain function, immune system and also for neurological health.

WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT MEDIUM CHAIN FATTY ACIDS?

Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits.  Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of these healthy MCFAs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils comprise long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.  Let me tell you why these long-chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFAs found in coconut oil 10:

  • LCFAs are difficult for your body to break down — they require special enzymes for digestion.
  • LCFAs put more strain on your pancreas, liver, and your entire digestive system.
  • LCFAs are predominantly stored in your body as fat.
  • LCFAs can be deposited within your arteries in lipid forms such as cholesterol.
  • In contrast to LFCAs, the MCFAs found in coconut oilhave many health benefits, including the following beneficial qualities:
  • MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.
  • MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system.
  • MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
  • MCFAs actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss.

COCONUT OIL FOR PERSONAL HYGIENE AND THE BODY

  1. Cuticle Cream: Pushing your cuticles back with coconut oil is quite simple – just rub a dab of coconut oil on your cuticles to soften, and then push them back – a little oil goes alongway!
  2. After Shave:Helps relieve razor burn. Put it on immediately after shaving to help nourish the hair follicle and heal any irritated skin bits.
  3. Pore Minimizer:If you haven’t used coconut oil for your pores yet, then you should probably consider! Coconut oil tightens up your pores, giving you softer, smoother skin. This also ensures no dirt or bacteria enters your pores, helping to prevent acne.
  4. Dandruff:Coconut oil reduces itchiness and flaking of the scalp, thanks to its incredible moisturizing properties. It also helps control oil secretion from the scalp, one major cause of dandruff production in humans and animals alike. Massage coconut oil into your scalp, and leave it in overnight. Rinse out in the morning, and shampoo with someraw vegan hair care products to avoid any harsh chemical irritants that make dandruff even worse.
  5. Stretch Mark Cream:Incredibly healing, coconut oil is a great way for nourishing stretched, damaged skin. Apply 3-4 times a day, every day, to help minimize the appearance of your stretch marks.
  6. Hair Gel:Want to style your hair with coconut oil? Simply use it in replacement of your regular hair gels, and style as you would normally.
  7. Hair Conditioner/ Deep Treatment:I personally love using coconut oil to deep condition my hair. The results are quite incredible. My hair gets so silky soft and shiny! Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and nourishes the scalp and hair follicles. Massage 2 tsp. coconut oil (you can melt beforehand if you want by placing it in a bowl, within a bowl of warm water) into your hair, and leave it in for 1 hour or overnight. Rinse out the next day with an all-natural shampoo, and condition with apple cider vinegar. This will reveal glossy, conditioned, beautiful hair.
  8. Eyelash Conditioner:I didn’t even know people conditioned their eyelashes, but it makes sense. I mean, our eyelashes are made of hair after all. Rub a tiny amount of coconut oil between your fingers and apply to your lashes before bed. Apply the oil only to the tips of your lashes.
  9. Tattoo Healing:Using coconut oil on tattoos will help the pigment from fading. When used on new tattoos, coconut oil will hasten healing time and reduce any chance of infection.
  10. Deodorant:Replacing your conventional deodorant (which likely contains aluminum) with coconut oil is one of the best things you can do, especially to help prevent cancer. Coconut oil is a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and kills yeast, fungi, and bacteria. Rub some coconut oil in your armpits every day, and enjoy going au natural.
  11. Hand Cleaner:Coconut oil makes a great hand cleaner because it is anti-bacterial. Massage the coconut oil on your hands for 30 seconds, and then wipe with a warm damp washcloth, finishing with a dry washcloth. Your hands will absorb the rest of the oil. This method works wonders for dry, cracked hands in winter!
  12. Massage Oil:One of the best uses – massage oil. Coconut oil smells great, and works as a great massage tool! Not to mention, it will help relieve achy muscles too, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.
  13. Varicose Veins:Tired of varicose veins? Coconut oil is a great all-natural treatment for varicose veins. Massage coconut oil into the area 3-6 times a day, until you get the results you desire.
  14. Exfoliator:Exfoliate with coconut oil by rubbing the oil on your skin and then using a washcloth or scrubby hand mitten to brush off dead skin cells while removing dirt and hydrating the skin. Coconut oil is highly anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and contains lauric acid, which lifts dirt from the skin.
  15. Wrinkle Prevention:Coconut oil strengthens and tightens the skin and connective tissues, making you look youthful and refreshed. Using coconut oil as a facial moisturizer at night will help prevent and minimize the look of wrinkles.
  16. Chapstick:Hydrate and moisturize your lips with coconut! Coconut oil also has a natural SPF, which protects our lips from the sun and prevents peeling lips.
  17. Nail Strengthener:Rubbing your nails with coconut oil can help strengthen and protect the laminated layers of keratin, which help shield your fingernails from the outside world.
  18. Vaseline Substitute:If you haven’t already, replace your petroleum-based vaseline with coconut oil. It is safer, more natural, and is about 5000 times better for you. You can read all about thedangers of vaseline here.
  19. Eye Cream:Hydrate gentle skin around the eyes by dabbing a little bit of coconut oil around your eyes before bed. This will make your eyes look and feel better in the morning.
  20. Body Scrub:I love using coconut oil mixed with sea salt or sugar to create an all-natural body scrub for the face and body. Mixing 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of sugar (gentler) or salt is a recipe I often use.

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