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The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a remarkable food and medicine.  It is high in saturated fat but don’t panic, it is a different type of saturated fat.  Coconut oil is predominately medium-chain fatty acids that are actually beneficial for your health.

Coconut oil helps kill the bugs that cause the flu, common cold, mono, cold sores, pneumonia, dental cavities and urinary tract infections.  If that wasn’t enough it also helps kill the fungus/yeast that cause Candida, vaginal yeast infections, athlete’s foot, jock itch, and diaper rash.

Coconut oil is great for keeping our digestive systems happy and healthy.  The good fats in coconut oil help evict unwanted guests like unfriendly bacteria, fungi and parasites that can live in our digestive systems.  Cooking with coconut oil improves digestion, heals the gut and helps our bodies absorb essential vitamins and minerals.

The good fats found in coconut oil can improve your athletic performance and heart health.  It’s energy elevating, endurance-extending, fat-burning properties help take your workout to the next level.  Coconut oil contains a special type of fat that helps lower “bad” cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

A shinny, healthy mane of hair and a glowing complexion can be achieved by adding a little coconut to your life.  Massaging your scalp regularly with coconut oil ensures your scalp is free of dandruff and it is a great natural remedy for kids who come home with lice from school or daycare.  Coconut oil makes an excellent massage oil and moisturizer for the skin.  It also helps treat various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and can help prevent wrinkles.

As we approach mosquito season coconut oil can offer many benefits.  By eating it or rubbing it on your skin it can ward off pesky bugs!  If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten the anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil can bring some relief from the itching and help promote healing.

Coconut oil is truly one of the healthiest oils you can consume. It is rich in good fats, heart healthy, has antibiotic properties, and makes your skin and complexion glow.  Coconut oil can be enjoyed in cooking, as a massage oil, or moisturizer.  To enjoy the health benefits it is recommended you eat at least 1 tablespoon a day.  Go nuts for coconuts!

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