Coconut oil is known for its natural saturated fats or what is commonly known as “good” saturated fats. Its medicinal and healing properties are now recognized by science as well. There are many health benefits associated with the prolonged use of coconut oil. Some of them are listed below.
- Reduction of Fat
Coconut oil is medically proven to reduce belly fat in men and women. One to two tablespoons (30ml) of it consumed everyday can reduce belly fat within one to three months.
- Healthy Brain function
Studies have shown that coconut oil helps in the improvement of our cognitive functions. A study has also proved that coconut oil advantageous in repairing brain function in people who have severely damaged their cognitive faculties.
- Head lice
Coconut oil is good for removing head lice. Simply massaging it lightly on your scalp can help in clearing lice from your hair. It is also useful in reducing dandruff.
- Used on wounds and cuts
Its medicinal properties can help in healing wounds and injuries. Coconut oil is also helpful in healing severe burns, burn marks and skin related issues like eczema, dermatitis etc.
- Reduces inflammation
Research has shown that coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, pain-killing and fever-reducing qualities. It could be used as an alternative to Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
- Reduces stomach ulcers
Coconut milk, which also contains components of coconut oil, is supposed to have anti-ulcer properties. It is as effective as an anti-ulcer drug and improves digestion.
- Anti-Fungal activity
In treating fungal infections coconut oil has proved to be very helpful. It has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which will help in boosting our immune system.
- Higher levels of Testosterone
When tested on rats, coconut oil led to reduced oxidative stress in the testes of rats thereby resulting in an increased level of testosterone in rats.
- Beneficial for swollen prostrate
It has been found that coconut oil can reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats. You can simply massage coconut oil on your lower abdomen to prevent prostrate related ailments specially cancer.
- Good for body cholesterol
Coconut oil can improve the LDL(Low density lipoprotein): HDL(High density lipoprotein) ratio in our body. HDL is commonly known as the healthy cholesterol. Coconut oil not only increases it but also helps converting LDL i.e. bad cholesterol into good cholesterol. It prevents the risk of heart disease keeping our hearts healthy. It’s definitely a healthier option when it comes to using oil in food.
Coconut oil has been found to be superior to safflower oil in its fat-soluble nutrient absorption quality. It helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium.
- Healthy Bones
Regular use of coconut oil can makes our bones stronger thereby reducing the risk of bone related ailments like arthritis and osteoporosis.
- An effective sunscreen
Coconut oil can block the UV rays by almost 30% according to scientific studies. It could be used as sunscreen to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun especially during summers.
These are just some useful properties of coconut oil. There are many other health benefits of using coconut oil. Other components of the coconut like coconut water, coconut husk and coconut protein have their own special qualities which are used in therapeutic treatments.