Therapeutic benefits of coconut oil

The coconut oil is commonly used as a cosmetic product, but it also presents numerous benefits for the body.

Although it is composed of more than 90% saturated fat, it seems that these fats are beneficial for the human body. It created a lot of controversy in the medical community because of its fat content, but regained its prestige. We cannot limit the fat intake of eating coconut oil, but the good thing is that these fats act beneficially in the body. Coconut oil is composed of vitamins E, K and iron.

The Lauric acid found in the coconut oil has many benefits, and its main properties are antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal. The human body turns lauric acid into monolaurin which helps fight viruses and bacteria that cause diseases.

It is also a very good moisturizer for the skin, removing the feeling of dry skin and can be used as an exfoliant, or sores and blisters. Soothes irritations, skin tone and shine.

The coconut oil can be also used for hair, as it stimulates growth, removes dandruff, strengthens hair and provides health and hydration of dry and damaged hair.

It is also available for cooking and helps maintain cholesterol levels, in weight loss and immunity boost. Some studies mentioned its advantages in digestion and appropriate metabolism, hypertension, diabetes and bone strength. These are attributed to the lauric acid content, and the above mentioned properties: antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial.

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