Coconut oil is the only vegetable oil that has a high concentration of saturated fatty acids that can cause a lot of positive reactions, beneficial to health. It is a very nutritious ingredient, indispensable in the vegetarian and raw-vegan diet. Being a non-allergenic oil, it can also be consumed by children, even from an early age. Moreover, it has multiple uses as a basis in cosmetics, in recipes prepared at home or in laboratories. And recent studies covering weight loss, cancer prevention and heart health are not neglected either. Like other oils, coconut oil is also of several types: extra virgin, cold-pressed, hot-pressed, physically refined, chemically refined.
Why is coconut oil so healthy?
It contains 10% fewer calories than other vegetable fats and more, this oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats, almost 90% of the fatty acids in this oil are saturated. Fatty acids can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
In addition, it lowers cholesterol, stimulates the immune system through polyphenols and natural antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, vitamin K, Iron, and Calcium, regulates metabolism and digestion, and, among other things, helps us to have healthy and shiny hair and skin when we choose to use it as a cosmetic ingredient.
What are the benefits of coconut oil for the body
It has many proven benefits for the health of the body. These include:
- protects the heart – due to the high level of lauric acid, it stimulates the production of HDL cholesterol (known as “good” cholesterol) in the body. This type of beneficial cholesterol reaches the liver, where it is broken down, does not affect blood vessels and therefore reduces the risk of heart disease, according to WebMD specialists. It is recommended to consume ½ – 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per day to benefit.
- regulates metabolism – it contains medium-chain triglycerides that can increase the burning of fat deposits in the body because the medium chains break down more easily while helping to increase energy levels
- protects the internal organs – due to medium-chain triglycerides, lauric acid, and fatty acids, coconut oil protects the liver against diseases. These substances are easily converted into energy once they reach the liver and prevent the accumulation of fat in the body.
- has an anti-aging effect – due to the rich content of antioxidants, vitamins A and E, coconut oil has anti-aging properties, reducing the harmful effects of free radicals that age the skin. During the summer, coconut oil can be applied to the skin after sun exposure to reduce burns and soothe irritated skin.
- maintain thyroid health – thyroid disorders can cause hair loss, skin dehydration, fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, weight gain, or depression. Due to fatty acids, coconut oil helps the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and supports thyroid function which has the role of processing vitamins and minerals, hormone production, and good development in children.
Coconut oil as a cosmetic product
Coconut oil has many benefits for skin and hair, being an ingredient used in cosmetics:
- for the skin – the fatty acids in the coconut oil help to fix the collagen fibers, an essential element for skin firmness, and help to heal the epidermis quickly. You can apply coconut oil directly on the face, massaging lightly until it is completely absorbed into the skin, the result being a brighter and rejuvenated complexion. Also, if you apply a face mask made of coconut oil and spirulina, at least once a week, you will benefit from the nourishing qualities that rejuvenate the skin.
- hair mask – the fatty acids in coconut oil give hair shine, a healthier appearance, and prevent hair-splitting. You can apply a small amount to the tips to reduce their breakage. If you choose to apply a mask, you must wash your hair well, and after you dry it, massage it well with coconut oil, then wrap it in a towel and leave it caught overnight.
- natural cleanser – applied topically, in the eye area, coconut oil reduces the signs of fatigue. In addition, it can be used as a cleanser. Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of vitamin E, and 2 drops of lavender essential oil, and refrigerate the mixture until it hardens. You can then use it to remove eye make-up, even to remove water-resistant mascara.
- body lotion – you can use coconut oil instead of the usual body lotion. Helps moisturize the skin and restore the epidermis. You can apply it after showering, directly on damp skin, in a thin layer. It will be quickly absorbed into the skin, in a maximum of 2 minutes, without leaving your skin oily