8 Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil That Can Heal Your Body


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It contains medium-chain saturated fatty acids in the form of lauric acid that lower cholesterol. It stimulates an under-active thyroid and its anti inflammatory qualities heal gut issues like IBS. Its positive effect on insulin helps diabetics. It supplies energy (ketones) to brain cells, protecting you from Alzheimer’s. It can be used to moisturize your skin and for oil pulling.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

I’ll admit it. I can really geek out over anything that makes both my body and soul feel nourished. My husband just rolls his eyes at me and say “yes, dear” when I really get going. But the more I think about the different ways you can use coconut oil, the more nerdy excited I get. And if you are in the middle of an eye roll directed at me too, wait until I go over exactly what I find so exciting.

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Here’s How Coconut Oil Can Heal Your Body

1. Coconut oil is a great source of needed dietary fat

Fat is an essential nutrient. Fat is used to create cells, hormones and is essential for the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. And coconut oil is a wonderful, healthy fat source. And yes, it is mostly saturated fat, but don’t let that make you nervous. A high percentage of that fat is in the form of lauric acid which has a different chemical composition than animal sources of saturated fat. This type of fat has shown to lower cholesterol and promote overall health.

2. Coconut oil may protect your body against an array of diseases

Studies show that cultures that consume high amounts of coconut oil don’t nearly have the diseases that most modern, developed nations do. Coconut oil is used in the field of natural medicine to help support the body in many ways. Here are just a few examples.

  • It is considered beneficial for an under-active thyroid due to its stimulating nature.
  • It can be healing to those with IBS due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and its negative effect on the bad bacteria in the gut.
  • It’s said to be good for those with diabetes for its positive effect on insulin.
  • It can feed brain cells through the production of energy supplying ketones, which may be protective against Alzheimer’s.

3. Coconut oil can be beneficial for weight-loss

The fat in coconut oil is mostly composed of medium-chain saturated fatty acids. Many studies show that these fatty acids not only improve energy expenditure, they also increase feelings of fullness after a meal. So while you won’t lose weight just by eating coconut oil, it can assist in your weight-loss efforts.

4. Coconut oil is the best oil for cooking

Most oils aren’t suitable for cooking. Vegetable oils like canola, sunflower, and safflower oil have a very low smoke point. What this means is that they will start to burn and become rancid at very low levels of heat. These rancid oils are toxic for the body. Conversely, the saturated fat in coconut oil is perfect for cooking and can withstand  medium heat.

5. Coconut oil can make healthier treats seem decadent

It is especially good for making food creamy. Try adding one to three teaspoons of melted coconut oil to a smoothie. You will feel like you are drinking an ice cream soda or a milkshake. It can also be a great substitute for butter for those who don’t eat dairy. Spread it onto a bagel or toast, melt it over a baked potato or drizzle it over lightly steamed vegetables. Yum!

It also can be used to give a creamy texture to healthy treats. Blend dates, almonds and shredded coconut in a food processor and a little coconut oil. Then mold your mixture into raw cookies. There are so many fun ways to make healthy creations with coconut oil.

6. Coconut Oil can be a non-toxic beauty product for skin

A lot of body products are full of chemicals and the all-natural alternatives are extremely expensive. Coconut oil can be a great alternative. Use it to moisturize your skin, soften your cuticles, remove makeup and brush your teeth (it will kill bacteria).

It can also make a great conditioning hair mask. Take melted coconut oil (make sure it’s not too hot), and work it through your hair. Then let it cool. It will harden into a conditioning mask. Let sit for 10 minutes and then wash out.

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7. Try the ancient practice of oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient tradition to help remove toxins from the body. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for about 5 to 20 minutes a day (20 for best results). Coconut oil is one of the best oils for this practice because of the anti-microbial properties found in the lauric acid.

Oil pulling with coconut oil kills gingivitis, plaque and other micro-organisms in the mouth. It has also been known to help detox the body, alleviate headaches, clear the skin, promote oral hygiene and improve hormonal balance. Just make sure to spit the oil into the trash (not the sink) when done.

8. Replace those chemical filled house cleaners

Coconut oil can do a wonderful job removing shower scum. It can also polish wood in a natural way. Coconut oil can be used to loosen hinges, just like WD-40. Just make sure it is melted before using.

Expert advice: I recommend getting extra virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil if possible. Keep in mind, coconut oil is solid at room temperature but becomes liquid at 76 Fahrenheit. It is really important for your health to consume good quality foods. It is just as essential to put good quality ingredients onto your body.

It is also of value to make your surroundings as toxin-free as possible. Coconut oil is so versatile in that it can promote health in so many ways. So, if you don’t already have some on hand, pick up some coconut oil and discover how you enjoy using it to promote your health today.

Erica Mesirov

Erica earned her Master’s Degree in holistic nutrition in 2014. She works with people who struggle with eating right or losing weight and know they want to be healthy, but their attempts have come up empty. By helping people understand their individual body and the imbalances that are causing unhealthy patterns, she gives people the opportunity to feel good about eating again.

Erica Mesirov

Erica earned her Master’s Degree in holistic nutrition in 2014. She works with people who struggle with eating right or losing weight and know they want to be healthy, but their attempts have come up empty. By helping people understand their individual body and the imbalances that are causing unhealthy patterns, she gives people the opportunity to feel good about eating again.

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MontyHightower 5pts

I have been using it now for two years, It will get rid of a tooth ache. Google(oil pulling). I mix 1/3 coconut oil(organic) rubbing alcohol and vasaline and heat it slowly to mix. It makes a great lotion for your body and hair. It a shame that to promote other cooking oils they dogged it for years. But I was amassed to see that the people in Costa Rica don't use it. Even though coconuts grow everywhere. I only wash with baby shampoo. It doesn't dry your hair. And burn your eyes. Coconut oil hold the protein in also.

Prakash Pai
Prakash Pai 5pts

Best wishes all coconut continue health naturally

Arianna Jay
Arianna Jay 5pts

I use it on my hair, it is the best, I have notice a Hugh different, love it.

IzzyBear Essentials
IzzyBear Essentials 5pts

Great articles as always Ayurveda. You do a great job informing everyone.

IzzyBear Essentials
IzzyBear Essentials 5pts

See www.izzybearessentials.com for more simple things you can do to have better health naturally with coconut oil. And don't forget to comment. Be brave enough to comment there too please.

Torre Strong
Torre Strong 5pts

Oil pulling really works- the ancients knew!

Jenny Watson
Jenny Watson 5pts

I LOVE coconut oil! I use it in my hair, on my face and body, in my bath and in my cooking. It's great mixed with natural Shea butter for an incredibly moisturising body butter. My son also uses it on his eczema and it completely disappears in a day or two. I recently recommended it to someone with ringworm and it also worked!The raw coconut flesh is also fantastic! It has completely changed my complexion. I use it twice daily as a gentle scrub (take about a teaspoon full of the hard flesh, mix with a drop or two of water), followed with coconut oil and a dab of Shea butter. The only one I've ever come across is this Tiana brand one although you can probably find others. I cannot recommend it enough!

Deena Jenkins
Deena Jenkins 5pts

My daughter has been using it in her hair for months now. Growth is wonderful, but it feels strange though

Shanila Rajkumar
Shanila Rajkumar 5pts

Two months ago my daughter got burnt with fire half body,i used dry banana leaves,which i burnt to ashes,ground it and sift it then i mixed in coconut oil and applied gently like a lotion,in 3 days it was healed

Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing the tip

Tish Kennedy
Tish Kennedy 5pts

You can also melt and use in place of butter on popcorn!! Delicious!

Rachel Harville
Rachel Harville 5pts

I just take about a tablespoon or two of coconut oil and about a tsp of bakingsoda and sea salt mix it up and use it :)

Samdance Elizarraraz
Samdance Elizarraraz 5pts

Wow \U0001f64c\U0001f3fb I'm using coconut oil on my hair \U0001f64b\U0001f3fc

Rachel Harville
Rachel Harville 5pts

I never judge but if I did... it wouldn't be the outside......

Tonya Johnson
Tonya Johnson 5pts

Tania N Tony Marquez try this. Coconut oil is very good for you

Tigerhjärta Tofan
Tigerhjärta Tofan 5pts

Ok.if you use all of that.than why your face looking lik old lady fc?

Rachel Harville
Rachel Harville 5pts

kosher sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil scrub! It is amazing and will make your skin glow.

Ni Ali
Ni Ali 5pts

I love the water, the fruit and the oils\U0001f495

Julie Lauzon
Julie Lauzon 5pts

I cook with it, use it as make up remover, skin moisturizer, hand mosturizer and i also just have a spoonfull direct !!