Whilst it is tasty and delicious to eat it also has some amazing health benefits for us. So tasty and delicious and good for you. That can’t be bad can it? I love coconut myself in all its forms. It reminds me of my childhood growing up in the tropics.
Coconut can be consumed in so many different ways. Whether it be as milk, cream, coconut water, coconut oil, dessicated cocount, coconut chips. Then you can use it on your skin and hair to great effect too. What an incredibly versatile thing. Though it is called a nut it is not a true nut. It isn’t a fruit either. In fact it can be a fruit, a nut and a seed. It is what is known as a drupe. It has an outer fleshy part that surrounds a pit of hardened endocarp with a seed inside.
So what are the wonders of Coconut.
Well the health benefits of coconut oil are as follows:
• Great for hair care
• Good for skin care
• Helps with stress relief
• Maintains good cholesterol levels
• Helps with weight loss
• Boosts your immune system
• Aids proper digestion
• Regulates your metabolism.
Plus on top of all those amazing things it can also provide relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.
The key benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid because it has the following properties: antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.
So you can see it is pretty amazing stuff.
There are so many ways you can bring coconut into your diet.
Cooking with Virgin Organic Coconut oil.
Replace your normal cooking oil with coconut oil but make sure it is Virgin Coconut oil and organic is even better.
You can use coconut milk as a great alternative to normal cow’s milk. It can also be made into yoghurt. Ideal if you are dairy intolerant.
Coconut water can be a refreshing drink and is said to be good for rehydration after sport. Whilst it is relatively low in calories and low in fat, and contains high doses of the most important vitamins and minerals. The thing that you need to be aware of is that most of the calories in coconut water come from sugar. Natural coconut water (there are some brands where sugar is added too so beware) contains 1 tsp of sugar per 100ml which adds up to more than 3 teaspoons for a 330 ml serving. The flavoured coconut waters have even more sugar added. So it is not good to be drinking coconut water all the time. It can be good if you are unwell and unable to eat as it does provide nourishment in a liquid form.
Dessicated Coconut and Coconut Chips
Dessicated coconut can be used in cooking and is great to add to your porridge in the morning. Coconut chips are larger bits of coconut that can be a great snack to nibble on.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality.
It is an excellent conditioner for your hair and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing your hair if it is damaged.
By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps to keep your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs. Using a lice comb and coconut oil is a healthier and better way to rid your children of head lice than using chemical treatments.
Coconut oil contains a large quantity of saturated fats and this has led to the misconception that coconut oil is not good for heart health. In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid. This helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful but beneficial to your health. Coconut oil reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil is a very useful aid for weight loss as it contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It helps the thyroid and endocrine system to work effectively. In addition, it also increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas. As a result the body burns more energy and this helps people who are overweight or obese to lose weight.
Coconut oil is a very effective moisturiser for all types of skin, especially dry skin. Coconut oil is good for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally accompany aging. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
Immunity and Gut health
Coconut oil is good for improving and maintaining the health of your gut. Gut health is a key factor that underlies a strong immune system and coconut oil helps because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Coconut has lots of benefits to bring to improve your overall health both on the inside as well as the outside. So eatingmore coconut in your diet can only be beneficial to your overall health. Give your hair a treat too by using coconut oil instead of your normal conditioner.
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