Admittedly, when I think of oils...that is to say, natural oils that are are extracted from plants and are beneficial to us in some fashion, coconut oil isn't the first oil that comes to mind. Nor is it the second. In fact, until I began researching the health benefits of coconut oil, it was merely something I was vaguely aware existed and even then, only by proxy.
Ironically, my wife has been using coconut-oil every day for the past few months in numerous ways and as most devout followers, swears by its benefits. I intend to list only some of them here as there appears to be more uses for this oil than Velcro.
What Are the Health Benefits of Using Coconut Oil?
Ah...the benefits. Whether ingested or applied directly to the skin, they are many. So many in fact, one could write volumes on the multitude of health benefits derived from consuming coconut oil. People have actually.
As to the benefits, there are testimonials available by hundreds of people who actually have used coconut oil for any number of conditions and maladies and with remarkable success. In addition, a plethora of peer-reviewed articles have been published. Of the unending list of benefits associated with coconut oil, next are the top ten:
1. Cholesterol-Lowering Properties
For starters, coconut oil stimulates the thyroid gland which is very important to the reduction of bad cholesterol.
2. Weight Loss
By restricting their carbohydrate level to some degree while adding coconut oil to their daily diet, many people have reported noticeable weight loss and the additional benefits attained from losing those extra pounds.
3. Dry Skin Relief
The term Atopic Dermatitis refers to many maladies of the skin such as Eczema, Psoriasis and even Acne. These painful conditions and other skin disorders have shown marked improvement after having coconut oil applied directly to the affected area.
4. High in Lauric Acid
Lauric acid is the major fatty acid found in coconut oil and breastmilk. It is saturated fat and has had an unfair war waged against it by those promoting unsaturated fats as a healthier alternative.
5. Anti Cancer Properties
The following statement below is taken directly from Coconutoil.com. It attests to the fact that saturated fats (as coconut oil contains) can be beneficial to the body despite heavy lobbying by special interest groups who claim the contrary is true. In 1987 Lim-Sylianco published a 50-year literature review showing the anti-cancer effects of coconut oil. In chemically induced cancers of the colon and breast, coconut oil was by far more protective than unsaturated oils.
6. Improves Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
7. Kills Candida Fungus
8. Conditions and strengthens hair
9. Promotes good heart health
Despite what you may have heard, coconut oil is loaded with "good" fats that actually ward off heart problems.
10. Excellent antimicrobial properties (substitute for Neosporin)
In conclusion, I only scratched the surface of all the wonderful health benefits that coconut oil delivers. The more I read up on this miraculous natural oil (and heard about it from my wife) the more convinced I became that it really is something special and well worth your time looking into how it may benefit you.
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments if you have other great uses for coconut oil!