The benefits of coconut oil and how each helps you stay healthy.

LisaB

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Coconuts are single-seed tropical drupe that grows primarily in tropical regions. When young, there is a delicious and refreshing fluid known as "Coconut Water" and a thin film of meat or flesh called "Jelly." Together it is a treat to anyone consuming this young coconut. When the coconut is ripe or brown, the flesh thickens with less liquid or coconut water.

This article is focused more on the benefits of a mature coconut. If the young green coconuts are allowed to ripen on the tree or off, most of the water is absorbed, and the jelly thickens into a white thick fleshy endodermal layer. If you burst the hard protective shell and remove the flesh, it is processed for milk and oil.

Beneficial form of the coconut

In order to access the benefits of the coconut, the thick fleshy part of the coconut extract used in 3 ways:

  1. Consumed whole
  2. Grated, saturated with water, and squeezed for the milk
  3. Grated and allowed to dry for the oil.
No matter how coconut is consumed the benefits are the same.

5 benefits of coconut you probably did not know

Coconut has numerous benefits and to the natives of countries and islands of the Tropics, it is even more important. But are researches that lately begun proving coconut is even more beneficial than persons originally assumed. Here are 5 unexpected benefits of coconut you might now know:

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1. Coconut helps to improve cognitive function.

An article on Alzheimers.net by Ann Napoletan explains the benefits of coconut oil in someone with dementia. She reported Dr. Newport's observations after frequent use of coconut oil. In the article, Dr. Newport declared her husband's signs of improvement in his dementia.

A study by The University of Oxford also proves coconut oil upon regular use showed temporary improvement in Alzheimer's and Dementia Symptoms.

Scientists are crediting this benefit to the high ketone content of coconut oil. Ketones provide a rich energy source for brain cells reducing cell fatigue and damage.

2. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties.

Coconut oil is composed of many different fatty acids. Lauric acid, in particular, has shown the ability to kill bacteria and fungi. An article from the Journal of Medical Foods proved virgin coconut oil has the most potent antibacterial properties. Monolaurin, a form of lauric acid, has antifungal properties when applied topically. Saleem, D. et al. recorded significant evidence of monolaurin, found in coconut oil, antifungal properties against Candida albicans. Another article by Tangwatcharin, P., also proves that monolaurin has noticeable antibacterial properties against Staphylococcus aureus.

You can imagine the numerous health benefits of virgin coconut on the skin.

3. Coconut oil maintains a constant and healthy source of Energy.

Coconut oil helps to regulate blood sugar. An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that men who added coconut oil to their breakfast ate fewer calories at lunch. The article written by V Van Wymelbeke, A Himaya, J Louis-Sylvestre, M Fantino explains that adding healthy plant sources of MCTs provides a rich energy source.

4. Super growth formula for the hair.

Do you have trouble with growing your hair? Or is it falling, and you don't know why? Coconut oil can help with both. Many hair products with coconut oil as the main ingredient, but nothing beats the pure organic source.

How can you grow your hair with coconut oil? According to hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez and colorist Stephanie Brown at IGK salon, coconut oil helps hair grow healthier, thicker, and fuller. Stephanie Brown explains that nutrients from coconut oil penetrate and nourish the scalp and hair cuticle. Ms. Alvarez also explains that vitamins and fatty acids help remove sebum from the scalp, which speeds up growth.

Ms. Alvarez recommended using a coconut oil hair mask every 1 -2 weeks for hair treatment.

5. Coconut oil hydrates the skin.

Coconut oil has the same effect no matter where on the body it is used, hydration. Dr. Low Dog recommends keeping coconut oil near the kitchen sinks and for use after washing the hand. Coconut oil is an inexpensive substitute for shaving creams. It leaves the skin hydrated and smooth. Dr. Joshus Zeichner recommends using coconut oil as a lotion since it leaves the skin nourished and smooth as silk. Coconut oil combined with essential oil or brown sugar works perfectly as a body scrub.

In a nutshell

Coconut has numerous functions in and on the body. The liquid makes a refreshing drink on a hot day, and the flesh is processed for its milk and oil.

Thank you for reading.

DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is NOT a skincare or health professional. The opinions shared are inferences based on the facts researched. All facts presented were researched and extracted from haircare and health sources. All sources are supported by skincare and health professionals.

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I am a Healthcare major with a minor in biology. For the last 2 years, I have been blogging on Medium and Vocal Media sharing health tips. Besides my volunteer work, blogging is another way to get information our to the public, especially health.

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