10 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil Everyday
By Jenni Madison
Coconut Oil is said to be one of the healthiest and most versatile of all oils. Native tropical cultures that thrive on diets rich in coconut attribute their heart health, youthful skin, lustrous hair, dental health, strong immunity, and lean bodies to their beloved tropical trooper.
Pure Coconut Oil makes a natural source of food and body medicine. It is a true gift from Mother Nature that offers remarkable benefits, especially when taken daily.
1. Great to use as a cooking oil
Unlike other vegetable, seed and nut oils, including olive oil, coconut oil has a very high smoking point and will not turn rancid and oxidize when it is heated.
2. Boosts energy levels
Coconut oil is metabolised and converted by the liver directly into energy. In his book, Coconut Cures, Dr Bruce Fife likens ingesting coconut oil in the body, to putting high-octane fuel in your car.
3. Helps reduce food and sugar cravings
People taking coconut oil as a health tonic have noticed increased feelings of satisfaction, and the ability to go without food for longer periods without symptoms of hypoglycemia or sugar cravings.
4. Good for digestion
Coconut oil possesses a gastrointestinal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. It has natural antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties that detox the body, making it effective in treating candida albicans, bacteria, fungi, parasites and various other contributors to intestinal imbalances and indigestion. When taken together with food it aids in the absorption of good food nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
5. Increases metabolism and supports healthy weight-loss
A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. An increase in metabolism boosts the body's immune system and sheds excess weight.
6. Strengthens immune function
The Lauric acid in coconut oil is highly toxic to viruses, funguses and bacteria. Breast milk is the only other natural source of Lauric acid.
7. Good for brain function and memory
More than half of the fat in the brain is saturated. Research indicates that taking coconut oil daily, as a healthy saturated fat, can nourish the brain in a way that may help in the prevention of brain related disease. Dr Mary Newport states that coconut oil could potentially be a “cure” for Alzheimer's and memory loss.
8. Makes your skin look and feel beautiful
Coconut oil is ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Its high content of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) makes it easily absorbed by the skin. It prevents stretch marks and lightens existing ones. Its antiseptic elements keep the skin young and healthy and relatively free from infections.
Nourishing and repairing the skin with, is approached by using coconut oil both internally and externally.
9. Supports thyroid function and hormone balance
Regular consumption of coconut oil restores thyroid function by assisting the hormones transport to the cells.
10. Useful as a natural sunscreen
Coconut oil screens 20% of ultraviolet. The first commercial sunscreens and suntan lotions contained coconut oil as their main ingredient. The effectiveness of coconut oil in protecting you from sunburn will also depend on your diet.
What type should you buy?
Virgin is so important as this means that it has not been refined, bleached or deodorized. Also look for Coconut Oil that is organic, raw and cold pressed. Oils are best kept packaged in dark glass rather than plastic. If you are buying in bulk, and can only get plastic, make sure it is food grade and bpa free.
How much should you take?
According to researchers, an adult should consume around 2-3 tbsp. of coconut oil daily. For those who are not used to it, it is best to start out with a lesser amount and see how the body reacts before following the recommended dosage.
How can you take it?
Replace your cooking oils and butter with coconut oil. Mix it in a drink of warm water with lemon juice. It is delicious in green tea, hot cacao and regular tea and coffee. Add it to smoothies, regular and raw food deserts.
When I first began my journey into the world of coconut oil I was amazed at the many health benefits and it’s versatility. Soon after I started using it, my personal health completely transformed. Now I could not, and would not go a day without my beautiful and magical coconut oil.
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Author: Jenni Madison
Jenni started Coconut Magic when she returned from living in Thailand in 2011. Whilst abroad, Jenni had discovered the most amazing quality of coconut oil and experienced her own health transformation. Jenni returned with very little other than her coconut oil discovery and a desire to share it with the world. Just a few months after her return coconut oil and a whole new perception of well being started to become 'rediscovered' in the west. People were looking for clean, pure and sustainable, health products. People were eager to learn about health food, raw food and healing with plant based nutrition. Based on this, along side Jenni's passion to share what she had discovered in the East, the company grew fast.
Coconut Magic is committed to bringing you the highest quality coconut products, backed by sustainable, fairly traded production, and well being education.
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