Several studies show that coconut oil contributes to heart health, promotes fat burning and weight loss, and also helps in the healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. These benefits are mainly related to its content of healthy fatty acids (saturated and unsaturated) and other substances called polyphenols.
Moreover, the use of this oil is thought to improve the cognitive abilities of Alzheimer’s patients and improve memory, as well as to provide relief from the inflammation caused by candida, that is the excessive growth of a yeast (Candida albicans) in the stomach.
Coconut oil is also easier to digest than other edible oils and it contains less calories making it suitable for people who are dieting. Due to the fact that its fat content is easily converted into energy and doesn’t accumulate in the arteries, it is often also used by athletes and bodybuilders as it boosts their energy and endurance.
Other important benefits include its usefulness in hair care. In fact, coconut oil helps in a healthy growth of hair, to which it also gives a nice shine. It can be applied locally to the hair as a mask or conditioner providing also relief against dandruff and scalp dryness.
It also works great for skin, being rich in antibacterial, anti-aging, antioxidant, wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. As such, it is thought to help treating various skin problems, such as eczema & psoriasis, dermatitis, skin wound, dry skin, acne and other skin infections, burns, etc. For these reasons coconut oil is used as an ingredient for many body and skin care products, such as soaps, lotions, creams etc. It can actually be used to clean the skin from make-up by massaging homogeneously a small quantity of the oil on the face and taking off the make-up with cotton soaked in warm water.
In dental care the use of coconut oil for oil pulling is effective against the formation of plaque and bed breath.
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***Although coconut oil is usually well tolerated, if you are new to its use it is advisable to try first in small quantities in order to exclude any adverse reaction