Coconut is one of the most well-known tropical fruit in the world. But not to be outdone, its oil extract is just as widely known and widely used. Coconut oil has been consumed and utilized in ways other than food for years.
This edible oil is not only multifunctional, it is also incredibly good for the health. There have even been studies that show native diets high in coconut oil prove to be far more beneficial than any other western diets. It is reported that this is because it contains properties that can not only maintain a healthy body but can even thwart modern diseases.
The use of this oil is not something that modern man has recently came up with; it has already been used for thousands of years in civilizations found in tropic locations. And it seems that these civilizations have been right all along because even until today, the oil has provided mankind with various health benefits that no other natural extract has. For one, it is nature’s richest source of lauric acid which makes it a better alternative to hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Mainstream researches actually advise against the consumption of this oil because it contains high levels of saturated fats. However, it can only be detrimental if it is taken in large amounts; which is in fact the case for everything. When taken in reasonable amounts, however, it is a powerhouse of disease prevention.
According to researches, it can actually aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. It can also improve types 1 and 2 of diabetes; heal fungal infections, psoriasis, rosacea, keratosis polaris, acne, and eczema; promote weight loss while still preserving muscle mass; help with hypothroidism; kill Candida Fungus; and promote longer endurance of the body.
Other than medicinal purposes, coconut oil can also be used as a beauty and skin-care product. It can work as a lotion, deodorant, age-spot remover, sunscreen, hair moisturizer, body scrub, lip balm, conditioner, lice remover, shaving cream, makeup remover, and whitening toothpaste.
Because it is delicate enough for the skin of babies, it is also the perfect must-have for mothers with newborn babies. They can use it as a diaper cream, stretch marks remover, and a substitute for lanolin cream in nursing nipples for breastfeeding, a great source of nutrients to increase milk supply, and a natural baby lotion. For the coconut oil, the health possibilities are absolutely endless.