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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

  By posted Feb 5th 2014
Healthy Living

 

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Coconut oil is being touted as the new superfood, due to its cure-all capabilities. Researchers claim that coconut oil can be used to treat obesity, thyroid disease, heart disease and can increase metabolism, energy and endurance. Coconut oil also increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. So, let’s take a closer look at this super-good-for-you miracle food.

For centuries women in India have been using coconut oil to condition their hair. This is because coconut oil has a small molecular structure, which easily passes into the hair’s cell membrane, allowing the oil to penetrate the hair’s shaft. Also, regular use of coconut oil can prevent dandruff and give you healthy, shiny hair.

Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturiser because it acts as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage.

If you are looking to lose weight you should include coconut oil in your diet, because coconut oil can speed up your metabolism.

Coconut oil also lowers one risk of contracting diabetes and heart disease. Coconut oil is also beneficial for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Coconut oil can improve the digestive system and prevent various stomach and digestion-related problems.

 

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