Coconut oil is sometimes called nature’s healer and I truly believe that it is. I regularly use coconut oil as a food for its many health benefits, and on my skin and hair for its fantastic moisturizing benefits.
Only when I started to research into the properties of coconut oil, I realized the full potential of this remarkable oil. So many research studies have been published on the effectiveness of this healing oil…
It has been associated with helping to prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, improving digestion, as well as boosting overall health.
All of this is because of the unique structure of the oil. The fatty acids found in coconut oil are digested and metabolized differently and more easily than those of other fats. This difference gives the oil many health benefits not obtained from ANY OTHER SOURCE.
Many people are put off by introducing an oil into their diet- we have been made to think that saturated fats are bad for us. But some saturated fat is necessary in the diet- more articles about this coming soon. Saturated fat is absorbed in the intestines and carries the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Saturated fats along with cholesterol are also built into cell membranes, strengthening cell walls so they keep their shape.
Coconut oil is certainly superior to trans fats (man-made hydrogenated fats) found in many processed foods, which are well known to produce insulin-resistance, diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
In terms of weight loss, coconut oil stimulates metabolism, increases energy, and improves thyroid function, all which aid in reducing unwanted body fat. The fatty acids in coconut oil are used by the body to produce energy, not make body fat. Replacing other fats with coconut oil means that the rate at which your body stores fat slows down, because more of your dietary fat is metabolized for energy.
The list goes on and on… coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant properties. Those people around the world who consume the most coconut oil have been found to have the lowest rates of heart disease!
How To Use
Now, how to use coconut oil to enjoy it’s health benefits:
- Use coconut oil in your cooking – simply use it in place of other oils, for frying and baking. Coconut oil is good for cooking, because saturated fat is not harmed by heat, unlike unsaturated oils, and can be used at high temperatures.
- Eat coconut and coconut products as a regular part of your diet – add a tablespoon or more of coconut oil to any warm beverage like herbal tea, warm milk or even warmed vegetable juice.
- Apply coconut oil directly onto your skin and hair to absorb its healing benefits directly into the body. Coconut oil is an effective substitute for many beauty products such as moisturizer, hair conditioner, lip balm.
Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy film like other oils. It is also virtually odorless. That’s why I love it so much!
Coconut oil is available as virgin coconut oil (this has not been refined, just like Virgin Olive Oil), and more processed coconut oil. The processed version is much cheaper and still has many health benefits (because heat does not destroy it’s benefits), so this version is also fine to use, especially for cooking.
Coconut oil is usually solidified, but on warms days it can melt to a liquid. This is perfectly normal and solid coconut oil will quickly become liquid when rubbed between warm fingers.