Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Coconut Oil

Reasons to use coconut oil 

Coconut oil can balance the hormones; help with thyroid health, keep skin supple, lower cholesterol, stimulate metabolism and more. The benefits of the oil are derived from the fact that it is made up of 50% lauric acid and that it is a saturated fat, which is better for you than trans fats. Coconut oil is one of the best sources of heart healthy medium-chain fatty acids. Lauric acid enhances the immune system through it's anti viral and anti bacterial effects. Lauric acid can also be found in breast milk, which is why it is such an amazing immune booster. Lauric acid is wonderful for preventing heart problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Some people think that since Coconut oil is a saturated fat it is harmful, but that is the case in most vegetable oils not coconut oil. It's slower to oxidise and less damaged and chemically altered when heated than other cooking oils, so arguably the healthiest to fry with.

Coconut oil is also very beneficial for our bones. It improves our ability to absorb important minerals like calcium and magnesium. This is ideal for women reaching middle age who need to be mindful of osteoporosis. Coconut oil fat content is easily converted into energy and it doesn’t lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.

Coconut oil is incredible as a skin moisturizer and in treating eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. I simple rub it on my face or body. As a hair smoother I just rub a bit between my hands and smooth down over my hair. 

The oil can also have a calming effect on one's nervous system since it actually coats your nerve endings. 

Try to eat a spoonful a day in addition to cooking and baking with it. You can substitute coconut oil in recipes, try sauteing kale in coconut oil or spread it on your toast in the morning. 

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