Coconut oil is another food which can be classified as a “superfood”. It has a unique combination of fatty acids that can have amazing health benefits and it can be used for many things such as cooking, cleansing, moisturizing and even for its antibacterial/antimicrobial properties.
Coconut oil is great in showers. It is a great cleanser as well as a moisturizer. You can also keep it on your nightstand as a massage oil. There is a lot to be said for anything that is chemical free that we can use on our bodies. Coconut oil is great to massage into your scalp. It is wonderful for your hair and skin.
Coconut oil is great in raw food recipes:
Coconut oil has lauric acid, caprylic acid, capric acid. These acids give it antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant abilities. It is mostly saturated fat, 92% with a small percentage being mono unsaturated and poly unsaturated. Coconut oil is a healthy fat.
“Coconut oil has fewer calories than any other fat source. Unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain, saturated animal fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut cream and coconut oil are made of raw saturated fats containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids that the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly.”(Wolfe, 2009)
Coconut oil also helps to regulate blood sugar. It is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Coconut oil can even increase your energy expenditure and help you lose weight. It is also especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which is the most dangerous fat of all and is greatly associated to many health conditions and diseases.
Coconut oil is useful for bone and dental health because it improves calcium and magnesium absorption. It is especially beneficial to women who are at the age to develop osteoporosis.
When you go to order or purchase your coconut oil this is what you should look for: organic-raw-extra virgin-cold pressed. There is also coconut water, shredded coconut and coconut butter! Add coconut oil to your household, and take advantage of its many health benefits!