One of the healthiest oils in the world is raw, unrefined coconut oil.
If you visit this site regularly you will know I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I use it all the time. Not just in food but as a face and body moisturiser.
Sadly, coconut oil has been given some bad press over the years because of its high saturated fat content. Thankfully, that insane myth is on its way out and it is finally coming to light just how beneficial it is to our health.
Prevent Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Coconut oil is incredibly versatile, and not just for cooking: It makes for an excellent, cost effective, face and body moisturiser that keeps skin hydrated, plump and lubricated, without looking oily.
Great used as a deep-conditioning hair and scalp treatment, coconut oil is especially beneficial when used within the long winter months, when the scalp is dehydrated from the central heating and the hair gets dry and damaged from the cold, winter elements.
Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight Effortlessly
Studies have shown coconut oil can act as an appetite suppressant. Eating it in the morning can lead to fewer calories being consumed throughout the day. It has also been shown to reduce visceral fat on obese patients who included just one ounce of coconut oil a day to their diet.
The populations who regularly eat raw coconut oil are amongst some of the healthiest civilisations on the planet, most of whom have consumed vast amounts in their diets with no signs of heart disease.
Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat. It has medium chain triglycerides (MCT). MCTs go straight into the liver from the digestive tract and are used as a quick source of energy, providing more energy over a 24 hour period than any other fat source.
MCTs can also be used as a fuel source for the brain which makes them beneficial for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, where the brain can no longer metabolise glucose as its normal fuel source.
The lauric acid found in coconut oil can kill bacteria, fungi and viruses, making it an effective treatment for ailments such as cold sores, dandruff and athlete’s foot.
There are so many brilliant uses of coconut oil that a whole book could be written about it (and probably has). You can cook with it, add it to your morning coffee for weight-loss, use it as a mouthwash, deodorant and bath oil. Even your pets will love it. Many find the best way to give their pets medication is by hiding the meds within a dollop of coconut oil.