coconut oil

Coconut Oil

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What is Coconut Oil? 

Coconut oil is used for cooking since long time back. So, it has been proven that Coconut oil provides a healthy appetite. Coconut oil is considered as a smart alternative to other oils. New product called “Virgin Coconut oil” which is non hydrogenated and cholesterol free is beneficial for heart disease and weight loss purposes.

Virgin Coconut Oil Increases Metabolism & Encourages Weight Loss:

Virgin coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). These MCFA’S are more easily digested by the body than any other kind of fats. It happens because these are directly sent to the liver to get metabolized and are converted into a rapid source of energy. Hence, it leads to an increase in the metabolic rate of body, increases chances for rapid weight loss along with greater energy output. It has been proved that people having a diet of medium chain fatty acids have lost more weight than those on diet of olive oils.

Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Food Cravings

Food cravings can sabotage even the best weight loss plans. It is found that even low-fat diet increases food cravings. Healthy fats like virgin coconut oil reduce appetite and cravings for fatty food.

Benefits Of Using Virgin Coconut Oil

  • This oil helps in maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • It provides the body with healthy fats which are required for optimum health and energy.
  • It is digested easily and quickly, thus increasing the metabolic rate of the body.
  • It is a rich source of healthy fat which helps in feeling full and satisfied with intake. This helps in reducing food cravings.
  • It is considered best supporting fat for weight loss, heart health, immune system health, proper functioning of thyroid gland and for young-beautiful skin.

Coconut Oil for Acne

Coconut oil is the best way to get out of rough and acne prone skin. In today’s world, almost every person is suffering from acne. The main reason behind is increase in environment pollution. Though there are many lotions, scrubs, creams and facials, coconut can be considered to be the best traditional remedy for acne. You can find out how coconut oil for acne works and how it can be used for acne.

A most common belief is that acne is a problem of oily skin and one must stay away from skin care products which are oily. Yet, coconut oil may be used for acne prone skin. This is due to certain reasons listed below:

  • Coconut oil has two important acids called, lauric acid and caprice acid. These acids covert the infective acids present on the skin into monolaurin and monoaprin, therefore protecting the skin from infections. This makes the skin youthful and flawless.
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  • It contains another important component, vitamin E. This vitamin also regulates the production of sebum and also unclogs the pores of the skin for preventing acne and pimple breakouts.
  • It even reduces the redness and pain on the skin.
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  • The most important exceptional reason is the coconut oil helps in balancing the hormones and improves the metabolic rate.
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  • It even prevents skin cancer Coconut oil along with apple cider vinegar is very effective. Many dermatologists suggest this combination to cure serious acne conditions. 
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  • How to Apply Coconut Oil for Acne 
  • One has to clean the skin completely with a gentle cleanser. This opens up the pores of the skin such that coconut oil penetrates into the skin and nourishes it. Usually, virgin or organic coconut oil is beneficial when compared to ordinary coconut oil. Apply a thin coat of coconut oil on the face and massage gently. Now, let the oil stay on the skin for nearly 15 – 20 minutes such that it may be absorbed by the skin. Then rinse the face for removing excess oil from your skin. This helps in unclogging and cleansing the pores and also in eliminating waste products from your skin. Thus, it controls acne breakouts and also diminishes acne scars. 
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  • Which Coconut Oil is best? 
  • You need to pick up the best oil to use on acne. Do not use crude, unrefined oil as it may contain dust and therefore aggravates acne. The best choice is the Virgin Coconut Oil. 
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  • Coconut oil for acne cannot be considered as a permanent cure. It just improves healing process. But, it is better than many other lotions and creams. It is a safer and cheaper option and thus, anyone can afford it

Coconut Oil For Cracked Heels 

Coconut oil is good for reducing the dryness in the skin, and treating the roughness and hard texture of it. Because of its anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties and moisturizing effect it also prevents the skin from many conditions like eczema, dermatitis, etc.

  • Apply a thin layer of coconut oil after washing and drying the feet.

Coconut Oil for Eczema

It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in behavior and decreases the bacterial activity, eliminates them and reduces the redness and swelling. Coconut oil is also an excellent option to soothe the skin and alleviates the itchiness.
Use coconut oil liberally on the problem area. Repeat it twice or thrice a day.

Coconut Oil as a Hair Oil

  • It is proved to be very beneficial for chapped lips, dry skin and a good natural hair conditioner. Using this on a regular basis will help you get smooth and silky hair. Coconut oil is highly nutritive and great for almost all types of hair and scalp.

Coconut Oil With Lemon Juice for Dandruff

The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil are very beneficial in curing the condition caused by fungal infection. It is also useful incase it is a result of psoriasis or any other bacterial infection. It also treats the dryness and lemon juice refreshes the hair and aids the function of coconut oil further.
Take coconut oil and lemon juice in the equal ratio and mix well. With finger tips gently massage the solution for a few minutes and then cover it with a shower cap. Let it be for 30 minutes and then wash it off with water.

Coconut oil for body odour

  • Applying virgin coconut oil on the skin has an anti-bacterial effect which can kill any odour causing bacterias. 

References

K.G.Nevin, T.Rajamohan (2004). Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation 

Edward D. Korn. (1954). Substrate activation of coconut oil

A.M.Marinaa Y.B.Che Manab I.Aminbc. (2009) Virgin coconut oil: emerging functional food oil 

Monica L. Assunção, Haroldo S. Ferreira, Aldenir F.  dos Santos, Cyro R. Cabral Jr, Telma M. M. T. Florêncio (2009). Effects of Dietary Coconut Oil on the Biochemical and Anthropometric Profiles of Women Presenting Abdominal Obesity 

A. M. Marina  Y. B. Che Man  S. A. H. Nazimah  I. Amin (2009). Chemical Properties of Virgin Coconut Oil

Amanda Filipowicz
Amanda Filipowicz

Amanda Filipowicz is a certified nutritional practitioner (CNP) with a bachelor in environmental studies (BES) from York University. She also has certification in clinical detoxification, prenatal and postnatal care as well as nutrition for mental health. She has a decade of experience in nutritional health and is a lifelong proponent of eating healthy.

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