The coconut tree is one of the most useful plants grown in lowland tropical and subtropical habitats. This plant is capable of producing foods, drinks, fibers, building materials, and chemicals.
The health benefits of coconut oil exceed average standards in hair care, skin care, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, dental care, and bone strength.
Hair Care; Coconut oil provides one of the best natural hair nutrition. It enables the healthy growth of hair and provides a shinny complexion. Regularly massaging your scalp with coconut oil will keep off dandruff and lice.
It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair as a result it’s used to produce various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams.
Skin Care; Coconut oil acts as an effective moisturizer on all skin types. It’s a safe solution for preventing skin dryness and flaking. It delays wrinkles, and the sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age.
Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infection. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams that are used for skin care.
Weight Loss; This wonder oil also contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that burn excess weight. When eaten it’s easy to digest and also enables the proper functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems.
It also increases the body metabolism by removing stress from the pancreases, and as a result burns out more energy leading to weight loss.
Medicine: Coconut oil is also believed to treat pancreatitis.
Digestion; It’s primarily used as cooking oil. Coconut oil improves the digestive system and prevents stomach and digestion problems like the irritable bowel disease.
The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties that stop various bacteria, fungi and parasites that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Healing; When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.
Coconut oil also kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, and herpes. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea. It also effectively cleanses fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm and athlete’s foot thrush.
Kidney; Coconut oil helps to prevent kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.
Diabetes; This oil also helps to control blood sugars, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, hence preventing and treating diabetes.
Bone strength; Coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for the development of bones. It’s also very useful for women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.
Dental Care; Calcium is the important element found in teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium in the body, it helps in the development of stronger teeth as well as hinders tooth decay.