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Coconut Oil Health Benefits

Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines among others, which have a good production of coconut oil. Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin as well.

 

It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil.

 

Fortunately, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil.

 

Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin.

 

It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally accompany aging.

 

Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

 

For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

 

Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

 

The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV.

 

Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.

 

As an incredibly intensive natural conditioner- Rub into dry hair, put a shower cap on and leave for several hours.

 

Nursing moms can take 3-4 tablespoons a day (and Vitamin D) to increase milk supply and nutrients.

 

For external uses, expeller pressed or other types of refined coconut oil will work, but for internal use, an unrefined virgin coconut oil is best.

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