The use of coconut in our diet and beauty regime is not a new fad, but one that’s been around for centuries. It can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptians, who used coconut oil and milk as a hair and skin mask, as well as eating coconut in their diet regularly. When we did our own research, we were hard pushed to find anything it can’t do! We’re going nuts for these 12 benefits of coconuts!
#1 Cooking with Coconut Oil Improves Cholesterol
Firstly, always use unrefined virgin coconut oil or you won’t get the best benefits coconut can provide. Any virgin coconut oil can lower cholesterol as it is high in natural saturated fats, which converts bad cholesterol into good cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease.
#2 Coconut Oil Can Prevent Seizures
A person prone to seizures, for instance someone suffering with epilepsy, can lower the risk and intensity of seizures by cooking with coconut oil and using raw coconut in their diet. The blood ketone levels are raised, keeping them at a level which is far safer for someone who suffers from any seizures.
#3 Coconut Oil Can Help You Burn More Fat!
Coconut oil also improves thyroid functions and gives you more energy than other fats, which means a decreased appetite and a loss of belly fat in particular. The type of fatty acids in coconut, MCTs, also burn fat at a far faster rate than other fats, regardless of whether the calorie intake matches the coconut or not. In other words, not all calories are equal as they affect our hormones differently and cause fat to be stored differently.
#4 Coconut Water and Oil can help kill bacteria, preventing and even curing UTIs, Kidney Infection and Liver Harm!
Bacteria, fungi and viruses are killed by the properties in coconut, which is so easily digested by simply drinking coconut water or using the oil in our cooking. Everything from yeast infections to deadly viral infections and harmful UTIs. Raw shredded coconut would have the same effect if you are not fond on the other options!
#5 Eating Fresh Coconut or Using Virgin Coconut Oil Helps Digestion and Boosts Your Immune System
Eating coconut in a variety of ways once it is either raw or virgin will help your body digest the vitamins, calcium and magnesium in your diet overall. It also prevents any imbalance in the stomach and decreases acid in the stomach. If you suffer from IBS, introduce coconut into your diet to see if it helps!
#6 Shredded Coconut Provides Protein, Iron and Fibre
Shredded coconut is such a fail safe way to get the benefits of coconut in your diet with little effort or cooking skills. Sprinkling raw shredded coconut with no additional sugar can replace your guilty treats to get that sweet hit by sprinkling it over your cereal or baked goods.
#7 Healthy Fats Regulate Your Metabolism, Hormones and Blood Sugars
Think of coconut as a natural aid that helps your body keep itself in shape as it keeps your metabolism ticking and balances the hormones and sugars in your blood unlike most fatty acids. The lauric acid in coconut not only does all this but it has natural therapeutic properties that improve many brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s. Diabetics can also benefit from coconut as it helps stabilise the blood sugars.
#8 Coconut Oil has Long Been Used as a Natural Mouthwash in a Process Called Oil Pulling
Before Listerine what was there? Turns out, coconut oil was once again the saviour of the day – or mouth! Swishing it around your mouth as you would with mouthwash, the oil acts like a magnet to any bacteria and pulls it out of the mouth. Who knew the antibacterial properties in it were so powerful?
#9 Virgin Coconut Oil and Fresh Raw Coconut Slow Down the Ageing Process
As we have discovered, coconut is a natural source of antioxidants. By detoxifying our system, the stress on our liver is greatly reduced and therefore we are given an overall boost. This means we age slower in the long run, hurrah!
#10 The Fatty Acids MCFAs in Coconut Are More Readily Turned Into Energy Than Stored Fat, Which Means They Not Only Help Stay Slim But Also Help Build Muscle!
Not only is coconut effective in keeping us slim while sustaining us, it also increases the potential muscle power we can build. As the fat is turned into energy far quicker than other fats. It only takes 3 steps to turn it into energy, unlike most other fats which take 26 steps! The energy gives more workout fuel, so now there really is no excuse to skip the gym!
#11 Inflammation and Associated Pain is Reduced with a Regular Intake of Coconut
Whether you are a gym buff or someone who suffers from arthritis or stiff joints, the antioxidants found in coconut alleviate the pain and inflammation all over our bodies. Many studies argue that natural, raw coconut or unrefined coconut oil has better effects than the pharmaceutical options on offer, but any intake (coconut oil, water, milk or chopped/shredded coconut) will be beneficial.
#12 It Helps Prevent Osteoporosis!
Not only does coconut help our body heal and glow with the above, but it also helps women in particular from developing a highly common disease, osteoporosis! As women’s estrogen levels lower during the menopause, we are even more likely to develop the condition. Coconut is rich in minerals, which strengthen our bones and prevent them becoming porous and more breakable in our later years particularly.