Coconut oil is a multi-use, magic-like oil with hundreds of health benefits. We wanted to give you the top reasons as to why you should be using coconut oil.
Not all coconut oil is the same. In order to enjoy its amazing benefits, then you must get organic, virgin coconut oil, not the refined stuff!
1. One tall skinny vanilla latte please, hold the pumpkin scone
One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger. This is related to the way the fatty acids are metabolized, because ketones can have an appetite reducing effect.
Add a little coconut oil to your smoothies, coffee, or even in your frying pan to gain its hunger suppressing benefits (and a delightful flavour!)
Fun fact: Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is lauric acid. When digested, it can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
2. Pass the moisturizer- I mean coconut oil!
Many people are using coconut oil for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. When applied on dry skin, coconut oil can improve the moisture and fat content of skin. Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and as a low UV sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun's ultraviolet rays
Coconut oil, is one of the few truly rich sources of lauric acid. Lauric acid is rare in nature so you won't be getting it from any other oils in your favourite facial products. It’s been found to boost antioxidant content in the skin and help wounds heal faster. The compounds found in our beloved coconut oil help prevent sun and age related damage to skin.
3. Say goodbye to nasty skin conditions
As mentioned above, coconut oil is highly useful as a topical moisturizer due to its hydrating abilities. In addition to fighting the dryness of the skin, coconut oil can also be used as an aid in treating skin infection like atopic dermatitis (eczema!) You may not know this, but your skin cells actually contain fatty acids, just like most other cells in your body.
4. Repair and prevent damage to your hair
Coconut oil is also known to prevent combing damage. When compared to various other oils such as sunflower oil and mineral oil, coconut oil had a substantially greater impact on reducing protein loss in hair. The reasoning behind this lies in the oil’s structure. After shampooing, apply coconut oil to your hair and put it up in a bun for 10-15 minutes, or keep it in overnight! Rinse it off in the morning and your hair will feel like silk.
5. Your skin will go back in time
The special fatty acids in coconut oil naturally balance saturated to unsaturated fatty acids levels in the skin. Because of this, the skin can heal and repair itself better to prevent wrinkles and sun damage caused by sun exposure. Additionally, coconut oil has been shown to stimulate collagen production and replacement. Instead of attempting to mask or dry up wrinkles on the face, the collagen production stimulated by coconut oil connects and strengthens tissues, leading to tighter, more youthful looking skin.Continue reading