Indians use variety of oil for cooking such as olive oil, mustard oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and ground nut oil. Populations that eat a lot of coconut oil are healthy. What makes it so special? Well, every part of coconut is good for health. For example, coconut pieces or powder increase good cholesterol, coconut water helps in beating summer and coconut oil has the magic of saving one’s life with these multiple benefits.
Maintain balanced blood pressure
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. They not only increase the good cholesterol (HDL) that is essential for a healthy heart, but also help to convert bad cholesterol (LDL) into healthy cholesterol. In this way, it lowers the risk of heart disease.
Coconut oil can kill harmful microorganisms that cause infections like flu, fever and UTI (Urinary Tract infection). Almost 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric acid. When this acid is digested, it forms a substance called “Monolaurin”. Lauric acid and Monolaurin put their hands together and kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, virus and fungi.
Healthy hair and glowing skin
Many people are using coconut oil for cosmetic purpose to protect their hair against damage, moisturize skin and as natural sunscreen. People with dry skin can see the results soon as coconut can improve the moisture and fat content of the skin to keep the skin hydrated. The best method to use coconut oil here is applying them directly on skin and hair.
Boost brain functions
Alzheimer disease is not so common in India when compared to US. People of America use coconut oil for just two purposes – cure Alzheimer and improve brain functions. When affected with Alzheimer, brain lacks its energy source and cause malfunction of brain cells. Ketones present in coconut oil can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning brain cells and improves brain function.
It is believed that tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones. This makes a ketogenic diet help in treating cancer. Using coconut oil in cooking can kill bacteria that increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Coconut oil helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium and magnesium. Consuming omega-3 fatty acids along with coconut oil can make them twice as effective, as they are readily available to be digested and used by the body. They also imbalance candida level that can decreases stomach acid, which cause inflammation and poor digestion.