Cracking into Coconut Oil

 By: JOY MIHANNI

Edited By: ARYA ROERIG

Coconut oil- we’ve all heard about it. But have you learned about all the health benefits that it has to offer? Whether applied directly to the skin or eaten, it’s surprising to learn all the wonderful things coconut oil can do for your health!

One of the main health benefits of coconut oil is that it can help slow down the effects of aging, whether applied internally or externally. Internally, it does this by helping to cure any damage done to healthy fats and tissues in the body. The antioxidants found in coconut oil can also improve cardiovascular circulation and aid in slowing down the process of aging skin when used as a regular skin moisturizer in the dry winter months

The most impressive health benefit of coconut oil has to do with the heart. Years ago, it was a common belief that all fats and oils were bad for the heart. We now know coconut oil, along with a few others, can actually improve your heart health by reducing cholesterol. Consider using coconut oil when cooking and baking. You can even use it to make your own salad dressings. Also, if you have hypothyroid disorder, coconut oil is said to restore normal thyroid function. Those who use coconut oil have reported improvements in body temperature, tiredness, and hair growth.

Ladies, you’ll be sure to love this. A research study found that women who consumed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil every day for 12 weeks had decreased the amount of fat in their abdomen. This is significant because belly fat is typically harder to lose than other body fat. It is also directly related to heart problems. Start taking those tablespoons! Also, because coconut oil has anti-infective properties, it is known to boost the effectiveness of the immune system. In fact, The American College of Chest Physicians found that coconut oil used on patients with pneumonia had faster relief from symptoms and reduced their hospital stay.

I’m sure after reading about all these wonderful health benefits of coconut oil you are wondering how to use it for yourself. The good thing is coconut oil is available at your local grocery store or health food store. Remember to look for organic coconut oil. It can take a little heat which makes it great for cooking. For example, you can sauté your favorite vegetables with it or try using it when you bake. You can also use it to apply to skin or hair as a moisturizer. Coconut oil comes in different grades for cosmetic or dietary needs, so be sure to read labels!

Now that you have learned about all the many health benefits of coconut oil and the different ways to use it, how do you plan to add coconut oil into your life?

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