Impressive Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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The coconut palm tree gives so many different things to the culture and daily living in countries where coconuts are native. Through the centuries, cultures have used coconut trees for just about anything: the coconut meat provided them with nourishment, the leaves were utilized to weave wicker container and mats, and the blossoms on the trees created sap which was utilized to make syrups. Before huge factories and companies began mass producing the oils, people learned how to make the oil on their own through boiling the coconut milk.

Due to globalization, this amazing substance can now be found on the shelves of supermarkets in just about every country in the world (regardless of whether coconut palm trees actually exist in such country or not!), and is known by many different terminologies: “coconut oil”, “olio di cocco”, “oleo de coco”, just to name a few.

Virgin coconut oil is made of 90 percent saturated fat (just for comparison, butter contains “only” 64 percent of saturated fat), however the “kind” of saturated fat is as important as its quantity. About half of virgin coconut oil’s saturated fat is lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) that turns out to have dozens of health-promoting properties, including the ability to improve levels of “good” cholesterol. People can also more easily digest MCTs and convert them to energy, making coconut oil a good choice for those who live a very active lifestyle. But what we are really interested in is how coconut oil can change your looks! Aesthetical benefits of virgin coconut oil include, but are not limited to:

  • Helps to lose weight

Many studies show that medium chain triglycerides can boost metabolism, in one study increasing energy expenditure by 120 calories per day. Furthermore, eating coconut oil helps to balance hormones. This means less stress and, consequently, less of the ‘stress hormones’ which cause fat retention. Also, because coconut oil improves digestion and balances blood-sugar levels, it also helps to regulate appetite. Coconut oil provides concentrated energy which is easy for the body to digest and metabolize, so that you’ll feel fuller longer after you eat it and won’t feel the need to eat between meals.

  • Inhibits acne

The fatty acids in coconut oil help it to work as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial natural product. This works in favor of reducing acne breakouts and keeping the pores dirt-free. Coconut oil helps to soothe inflammation that often accompanies severe acne, and helps to alleviate the red dry skin that acne can cause. The vitamin E can help to fight damage to the skin thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties.

  • Reduce facial wrinkles

Even fine wrinkles can mark the youthful look of facial skin. Coconut oil can preserve the smoothness of the face by keeping it wrinkle-free.

Collagen, a structural protein in the inner layers of skin, is what keeps the skin elastic and smooth. It may breakdown due to the effect of UV rays, pollution, smoking, and physical injuries. Replacement of collagen is necessary to counteract the effects of its breakdown.

It has been found that coconut oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin. The MCTs in the oil attract protein molecules, ensuring timely repair of the collagen layer.

  • Your lips will be forever cracks-free

Cracks in our lips can be a source of worry, discomfort, and embarrassment. Applying chemical gel on the lips can make you consume some of the gel even though it is toxic. Some types of gels are edible, but you still don’t want to eat those chemicals. Coconut oil comes as an ideal alternative in such cases. It acts quickly and even if it goes in your stomach, it will only give you additional benefits!

Bottom line: people that use coconut oil are not only in excellent health, they also look great.  So take your life to the next level, and be all that you can be. Live better. Feel better. And look better by using some coconut oil.

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