The presence of various acids including carrylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid in coconut oil makes it ideal for health. Coconout oil has various properties including antibacterial, antifungal, soothing, antioxidant and antimicrobial.
Coconut oil helps to maintain cholesterol level, metabolism and digestion. Its other benefits include relief from heart diseases, kidney problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and HIV/cancer. It improves the strength of bones. It can be used for skin care, hair care and stress relief.
The human body produces monolaurin using lauric acid, which is present in coconut oil. Monolaurin would help to prevent bacteria and viruses that are responsible for various diseases including HIV, cytomegalovirus, influenza and herpes.
Monolaurin helps to eliminate harmful bacteria including heliobacter pylori and listeria monocytogenes besides preventing dangerous protozoa including giardia lamblia. Coconut oil is widely used in Ayurveda (Indian medicine) because of its widespread benefits.
Body builders, athletes and dieting persons widely use coconut oil because of the presence of lower calories when compared with other similar oils. The fat present in the oil is converted easily into energy thereby preventing the chance of accumulation in the arteries and heart. Thus, energy generated from coconut oil helps to improve athlete’s performance.
Coconut oil comprises very low unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich saturated fats (above 90%) such as lauric acid, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Myristic Acid, Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Palmitic. It also has unsaturated fats such as Oleic Acid and Linoleic Acid. Gallic acid (polyphenol) is responsible for the taste and fragrance of coconut oil.
Coconut oil provides shiny complexion to the hair and helps to grow. Apply coconut oil to your hair daily to prevent dandruff and to be free from lice eggs and lice. Indians widely use coconut oil for hair care. Coconut oil provides necessary proteins to nourish the hair. It helps to grow damaged hair. Keralites uses coconut oil for cooking.
It helps to eliminate mental fatigue. It can be used to massage your skin because of excellent moisturizing properties. It is ideal for all types of skin. It helps to cure skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It is widely used in body care products including lotions, soaps and creams.
It helps to reduce weight because of the presence of medium-chain fatty acids. It helps to prevent atherosclerosis. It also helps immune system. It also eliminates bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, throat infections and ulcers. Coconut oil helps to strengthen teeth.