For the past few years, coconut oil has been slowly gaining support from the medical community as one of the best types of oils to eat. While many still have their cautions, the truth is what they are just discovering has been known and seen for years by many who practice traditional medicine. Here are some notable facts about coconut oil:
High in good saturated fat
This is one of the reasons why many turned away from coconut oil for years. That was until research show that the type of saturated fat in coconut oil was actually good for cholesterol. Coconut oil is made up of over 60 percent medium-chain fatty acids, MCFAs. These types of fats are easy to digest so it’s less strain on the digestion. They also rev up your metabolism and because they’re small, they get to your cell membranes easily and don’t need extra enzymes to break them down. The biggest benefit of MCFA is that it is sent directly to the liver so it’s immediately used as energy and not stored as fat.
In the body, the lauric acid in coconut oil is converted to monolaurin, a natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial. It can even destroy lipid coated viruses such as herpes, influenza and even HIV.
Cold-Pressed is best
There are three kinds of coconut oil:
- Organic means it is grown without the use of pesticides or inorganic fertilizers.
- Cold-pressed is extracted from the coconut fruit without using chemicals or high heat.
- Refined coconut oil is made from copra or dried coconut that’s been bleached.
When in doubt, look for the certified organic virgin coconut oil that’s been cold-pressed so that the nutrients are retained. It will take you a little trial and error when cooking with it but you’ll probably find that you wind up using less of the oil than you would others.
Great for skin and hair
Here are some of the many ways you can use coconut oil for healthier skin and hair:
- It removes makeup easily; just use some cotton and wipe off.
- It’s a great moisturizer that helps to keep skin supple, reduces wrinkles and doesn’t clog pores. You can use it alone or with another essential oil.
- It can be used as a deodorant because it’s a natural antibacterial. Because of this, it’s also great as toothpaste.
- The natural antiseptic properties make it a great shaving lotion.
- For hair, some women massage it into dry hair, leave it overnight and then wash it out in the morning. It prevents fizz and other kinds of damage.