The coconut tree is known in Indian literature as ‘Kalpavriksha,’ which means ‘the All-Giving Tree.’
When you consider all of the health advantages of coconut oil (particularly virgin or extra virgin coconut oils, which contain little to no added chemicals), you’ll see why.
Here’s why coconut oil is so good for you:
#A Anti-Bacterial Properties
Tinea capitis, a fungal infection of the scalp, is uncommon in India, owing to the widespread usage of hair oils in the nation. This isn’t unexpected, given that lauric acid also has antimicrobial (bacteria-fighting) properties.
Coconut oil also protects us from Candida Albicans-caused yeast infections because of its antibacterial qualities.
In reality, coconut oil can protect against a well-known pathogen (Staphylococcus Aureus), which causes everything from skin infections to severe diseases (including meningitis and pneumonia).
Coconut oil is often used as mouthwash in a procedure known as oil pulling because of its antimicrobial qualities. It improves dental health and lowers bad breath by eliminating some of the dangerous bacteria in the mouth.
#B Beneficial For Hair And Skin
Coconut oil contains a lot of lauric acid, which is a kind of fatty acid. Coconut oil can enter human hair due to the molecular nature of lauric acid.
Coconut oil can thus preserve the proteins in our hair strands, making it an excellent conditioner. Coconut oil has even been shown in tests to enhance the skin’s hydration and oil level.
Coconut oil also helps protect our skin and hair from sun damage by blocking 20 % of the sun’s UV radiation.
#C Lessens The Risk Factor Associated With Diabetes And Heart Health
Coconuts may be helpful in reducing the risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to growing research. Obesity, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, insulin resistance, and hypertension are all risk factors.
Coconut oil has also been found to help with brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.
Despite all of these amazing advantages, coconut oil is still a saturated fat at the end of the day. While saturated fats are beneficial in moderate amounts (about 13 gm per day), excessive intake can be harmful.
Apply it as often as you’d like, but keep it in mind that coconut oil should be consumed in moderation.
#D Excellent Heat Resistance
Because of their low heat tolerance, oils heavy in polyunsaturated fats (such as flaxseed oil) are not the ideal for cooking. Saturated fats have a high smoke point and do not quickly go rancid. Coconut oil has a saturated fat level of 90%, which is even greater than ghee, making it one of the greatest cooking oils.
#E Aids In Weight Loss
Ryan Fernando is an Award-winning celebrity Sports Nutritionist with 2GUINNESS world record and 2 Olympic medals under his belt. His client list include Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar, cricketer Shikhar Dhawan & bollywood superstars Aamir Khan & Abhishek Bachchan. He is Chief Nutritionist at QUA Nutrition Signature Clinics.