Coconut oil is fast gaining popularity in the western countries including US and Uk due to its multitude health benefits and uses. Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E which is good for hair and skin. It has also other nutritional benefits. This oil is extracted from the dried coconut pieces or meat called copra.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
- Coconut oil is good for the brain
Coconut oil has large amount of medium-chain fatty acids(MCFA). This type of fatty acids are not easily absorbed by the liver. However, they are also metabolized pretty quickly compared to the long-chain fatty acids. This means that MCFA can be converted into ketones, that are an important source of energy for the brain. Studies have shown that it has therapeutic effects on those who suffer from memory loss.
- Aids in weight loss
As per the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the participants who are trying to lose weight consumed coconut oil. They had lost weight as well as fat by the end of the research.
- Heart diseases
Coconut oil contains 50% of lauric acid that prevents various heart problems such as increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Also, this oil does not increase the LDL levels and reduces the damage to the arteries.
The lauric acid is converted into monolaurin by the body. This is effective in fighting the viruses and bacteria that causes influenza, herpes and many more. Coconut oil also has anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
- Curbs appetite
Research have shave shown that regular consumption of this oil is satiating. That is because several hormones are released when foods that has MCFAs are consumed and this gives you a feel full effect.
- Protects against hair damage
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science revealed that coconut oil can prevent damage to nearly all hair types as compared to the mineral oil and sunflower oil. The reason behind is that the linear triglyceride in the oil that has strong affinity for hair protein. Due to this it can penetrate deep into the hair shaft. This oil is also a natural remedy for dandruff. It has a unique quality to improve skin hydration, moisturize and increase lipid levels on the surface of the skin.