I remember when I was a toddler my mother lovingly applied warm coconut oil in my hair and on my body from a sun warmed blue colored bottle with a coconut tree in white as the logo. Those were some good old days! I am sure most of you have similar experiences as I had. So, I thought why not research and find that the coconut oil is any good or it is just a cheaply as well as easily available oil. And, Can the mothers be ever wrong? Nope, Mothers are always right. From my research I can tell you guys that Coconut oil is not just any Oil it is ‘the Oil’ with many (I mean lots and lots from many) benefits that is provided by the Magic that is Coconut oil.
Coconut Oil and Hair Care
On hearing the word Coconut oil usually, the thing that comes to our mind is Hair Care. Daily we are bombarded with Advertisements of various hair care products including Hair oil made up of Exotic Ingredients like almonds to various Saloon style Serums, Hell, we even have a beer shampoo on the market! What a waste!
Nonetheless, most of these products are gimmicks and the exotic ingredients are used just to strategically increase the market through adventurous customers. However, my friends let me tell you that coconut oil is a whole ‘Hair spa’ unto itself. It not only helps in healthy growth of hair but also gives your hair a shiny quality apart from effectively reducing protein loss which can lead to unattractive hair. Phew! A long list indeed!
As we already know it is used in manufacturing Hair oil apart from that it is used in various conditioners and Dandruff relief creams. Research studies indicate that coconut oil provides one of the beat protection from Hygral Fatigue.
An added benefit of hair oil is that it also keeps our hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs, but I remember having lice even after applying coconut oil! Well, to answer that- it “helps” in keeping our hair lice-free but even if you bathe in coconut oil and keep your hair dirty, lice will appear. So a cautionary notice- keep your hair clean as well, coconut oil prevents lice formation to a certain extent it doesn’t cure it so the next time you roll in mud, please remember to clean your hair before applying oil!
Coconut oil acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin including the scaly reptilian dry ones! So it makes an excellent massage oil as well. Unlike other mineral oils, it has no adverse side effects hence is a safe and cheap solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It’s also used as carrier oil that seeps into our skin pores and helps other important oil to enter our body to make our skin healthier.
It also delays the appearance the wrinkles and sagging of skin i.e. the signs of aging. Therefore, we can say that our coconut oil is an age miracle potion as well!
Do you all know that coconut oil is also the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams? Yeah,it is. Gifted with anti-oxidant properties that prevent premature aging and used for treating various skin problems like Psoriasis, Dermatitis, and Eczema it is the best option available to the manufacturers. Even after so much modernization in methodology and development these companies have not looked beyond coconut oil for alternatives says something about the qualities of coconut oil.
Coconut oil strengthens our immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids Lauric acid, Capric acid and Caprylic acid that have special antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts Lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with the virus that cause diseases such as Herpes, Influenza ,Cytomegalovirus and some research even show HIV.
Coconut oil also helps in fighting harmful bacteria like Listeria, Monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa like Giardia Lambia. It’s a pretty long list of creatures and I am sure even some of the Zoologists might also suffer in naming all these!
Above all, it also proves that coconut oil does not only nourishes our body externally it also protects from harmful microbes.
Coconut oil is surely a cure-all it not only protects but heals as well! When applied to infected areas coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Coconut is also highly effective on bruises as well because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.
According to Coconut research center ,it kills viruses that viruses that cause Common cold, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS & other serious health risks. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and gonorrhea. Coconut oil also effectively eliminates yeast and fungi that cause ringworm, athletes’ foot, thrush and diaper rash. It is also a powerful home remedy for painful yeast based fatal disease called CANDIDA.
In the southern part of India, Coconut oil is used as the main cooking oil instead of mustard oil & ghee that is used by the Northern counterparts and lower complains of Heart diseases in the former exemplifies the strength of the strength of Coconut oil in fighting the Heart diseases including Cardiac arrest and clogged arteries.
Some of the misinformed health freaks might tell you that it is not healthy for a Healthy heart because of the presence of large quantities of Saturated fats. It is a huge misconception among ill-informed people that only listen to what Commercial companies tell them.It being a market strategy used by the companies to sell their expensive products in competition to cheaply as well as easily available Coconut oil. In reality, it is highly beneficial to our heart. Let me explain- Coconut Oil contains about 50% Lauric acid, which actively helps in preventing heart problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The remaining part of coconut oil contain medium and small chain tri glyceraldehydes and fatty acids that prevent an excess of fat deposition as well as help in maintaining LDL(low-density lipoprotein) and reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore help in preventing Atherosclerosis.
Studies also suggest that it helps in maintaining healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.
Yes, you are reading it right, Coconut oil consumption doesn’t turn you into a football instead prevents it and keeps you healthy and slim. Let me explain scientifically again- As already said Coconut oil contains short and medium chained fatty acids and these fatty acids then work to burn off fat into Energy thus help in shedding excessive weight.
Researches also suggest it helps to reduce abdominal obesity in mothers after childbirth. Further It is easy to digest and helps in healthy functioning of thyroid gland (Hence preventing Thyroid gland disorders that are so common these days) as well as of Endocrine system which further increases our bodies Metabolic rate by reducing stress on pancreas, thereby burning fat and carbohydrates into energy and thus helping obese people in maintaining their weight. Now we know the secret behind slim and trim body of southern superstars!
Coconut Oil also has a unique property of helping in the absorption of various nutrients like Minerals, Vitamins, and amino acids thus helping later stages of digestion and as already explained in the above section Coconut oil activates our digestive system to higher levels and thus helps in overall digestion of food. Due to such effective digestion of food various stomach and digestion related problems like the irritable Bowel syndrome is prevented.
As already explained, the saturated fats present in Coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various Bacteria, fungi, and various other parasites that cause Ingestion. All in all Coconut oil is one solution cure for all problems related to Digestion.
There are many other benefits of coconut oil but due to lack of space (I have lots of space! , mainly to prevent you from being bored!) I will explain them in a very brief manner.
The Presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids in Coconut oil help in preventing various liver diseases. They then easily convert into energy when reaching liver hence help in maintaining fat content in the liver.
It helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder infections and disorders, it also helps in dissolving kidney stones.
It is very soothing and helps in removing stress too. Applying it to head followed by gentle massage eliminates mental fatigue. Now you know why you feel so sleepy and relaxed after a coconut oil massage!
It helps in controlling blood sugar and improves secretion of insulin as well. It also promotes effective utilization of blood glucose thereby preventing as well as treating the symptoms of Diabetes
As mentioned earlier, it helps in absorbing other important minerals, which include calcium and magnesium that are necessary for the development of bones.
Thus, it is very useful to men and women who are prone to osteoporosis and other bone density related problems after middle age
Calcium is an important compound for our teeth as well. Since it facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in maintaining strong and healthy teeth.
It also stops teeth decay (but you also have to take a small initiative as it only “Helps”). Recent research also suggests that coconut oil is beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis.
We Indians have cheap and easy access to Coconut oil hence we take it for granted. In Western and European countries, it is an exotic and expensive oil and difficult to obtain and still they use it for many and all purposes we should take a page from their books and start using it in all ways and purposes like the gift it is. If you know about any other benefits of coconut oil you can comment in the box below and Of course, if you have a specific query about any point you are invited to ask in the comment box as well.