Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural versatile oil that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is great for you internally and externally, with many uses from cooking, baking to skin and hair health.

Always look for unrefined extra virgin coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a “healthy” form of saturated fat compared to trans-fat. It contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Our body metabolises MCFA fats in the liver, immediately converting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels.

It’s an easy addition to your diet with many benefits, so add it to your smoothies or use it as a spread instead of butter. It cooks in high temperature unlike olive oil which oxidises at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

Boost metabolism, Weight Control, Manage type 2 diabetes
Studies have found that coconut oil boosts metabolism, there is a link between the consumption of coconut oil and reduction in abdominal obesity. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less.

Coconut oil is easy to digest and protects the body from insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they’re quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity

Eases digestion, Support immunity
The fatty acids (lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid) in coconut oil contain anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties that can boost the immune system and have a soothing effect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion. Therefore can benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs.  Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

Hydrating for the skin/body/hair. 
Use it as a moisturiser and slow the appearance of fine lines at the same time.
Sooth inflamed/dry/nappy rash skin by rubbing it onto the affected areas straight from the jar.
Use it as a pre wash hair conditioning treatment.
Use it as massage oil or make a body scrub by adding cane sugar or Himalayan salt crystals
Use it as an eye-makeup remover

Oral care
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian remedy used for ‘pulling’ toxins and bacteria from the body by swirling oil in your mouth first thing in the morning for 10-20 minutes. This helps whiten teeth, reduces inflammation, kills bad breath and improves oral health.*

Read about my experience with oil pulling

 

Sources:
http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition+tips/10+facts+about+coconut+oil,18271
https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/a/26042055/13-reasons-to-make-coconut-oil-a-part-of-your-every-day/
*http://peaceloveandvegetables.com.au/page/products-coconut-oil

 

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