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Coconut oil, what is it for? Health, hair, skin and kitchen applications

Nature is an ally of our health and beauty and provides us with noble substances, with multiple benefits. One of them is coconut oil, which has proven to be extraordinary for our health.

In this article we tell you:

  • What is the composition of coconut oil
  • His properties
  • What is coconut oil for?
  • Different uses on the skin, hair and in cooking recipes.
  • A video about the most remarkable properties and uses of coconut oil.

Get to know coconut oil better so you can take advantage of its properties and benefits!

As always, it is preferable to choose an organic coconut oil to better preserve its nutritional and therapeutic qualities.

If you are reading this post it is because you are concerned about your health and you like to be well, right? Choose organic fruits and vegetables and take care of yourself from the outside with BIO hygiene and cosmetic products . Remember that ECO food is the best option for you and for nature.

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What is coconut oil

Coconut oil is a substance, of vegetable origin, from the fruit of the coconut palm .

How do you get coconut oil? It is obtained from the cold pressing of coconut pulp.

How can you identify a good quality coconut oil? Always choose an organic coconut oil. This means that during the cultivation of the coconut palm, pesticides have not been used and that during the extraction of the oil no chemical processes have been used, nor has it been bleached, deodorized or refined.

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Composition of coconut oil

Coconut oil is composed of 90% saturated fat , predominantly short and medium chain fatty acids. Of these, 45% corresponds to lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature, being coconut oil the one that contains it in the highest proportion. They are followed by palmitic acid, capric, caprylic, myristic. Finally, with values ​​lower than 6% we find oleic, stearic and linoleic acid.

Saturated fats cause coconut oil to solidify at room temperature, which is why it is often called coconut butter .

What are the properties of coconut oil?

The components of coconut oil give it antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, stimulating metabolism, regenerating, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and nourishing action.

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What is coconut oil good for?

what is coconut oil for

Due to its composition, coconut butter or oil has multiple properties.

From a nutritional point of view, its composition, rich in short and medium chain acids, is beneficial due to its rapid metabolic utilization. These acids are digested, easily cross membranes and constitute a high source of energy , transforming directly, without being stored as fat (1,2) . In addition, the fatty acids in coconut oil accelerate the metabolism, increasing the daily burning of calories and thus helping to lose weight , something very interesting for people with obesity or overweight who want to lose weight and lose weight. .

On the other hand, lauric acid can fight viruses , bacteria and fungi that are covered in a lipid membrane such as HIV, measles, herpes, Escherechia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans. Among others. (3)

On the skin, this oil is beneficial due to its high fat content. It improves hydration in people with dry skin (4) and its antibacterial effect makes it usable topically (3) .  In addition, it helps to blur and eliminate stretch marks and blemishes on the skin , providing fat, vitamins and improving cell regeneration.

In hair, it works by protecting it from hair damage caused by hygral fatigue (5) . Its lauric acid content reduces protein loss due to its high affinity to them and its low molecular weight, also protects the hair fiber (6) . Also, it works by repairing chemically and thermally treated hair (7) . On the other hand, it is effective as a lice treatment (4) and anti-dandruff effects have been attributed to it. .

Other very interesting benefits attributed to the consumption of coconut oil are:

  • Decreased pancreatic damage and glycogen levels in diabetic people.
  • Improvement of conditions in patients with Alzheimer’s (9) and dementia
  • Relieve premenopausal syndrome (acting as a hormonal regulator) (3) .

Coconut oil applications

Like its benefits, its uses are diverse. Among the applications of coconut oil we highlight:

Coconut oil for hair

As a conditioner , it can be used by applying it before washing your hair and leaving it to act for at least an hour or overnight, if you prefer, then go through your usual cleaning routine.

The use of this oil is also recommended once we have washed our hair and it is already dry. We leave it for a minimum of half an hour, depending on the damage of the hair and being able to improve its effectiveness by applying heat (using the dryer). This way we nourish it in depth and avoid frizz .

You can also use coconut oil to detangle and hydrate your hair . It is applied and left on the hair, without rinsing, applying it from the middle to the ends and then gently combing it.

Another use is as an anti-dandruff , massaging the scalp and letting it act for 10 minutes or more, then rinsing it with plenty of water and washing it with our usual shampoo. I also leave you an article in which I offer you more natural and home remedies against dandruff .

Coconut oil for skin

As a moisturizer, coconut oil is our ally for the reduction and elimination of stretch marks and dark spots on the skin . For this, it should be used at least 2 times a day, preferably after showering.

The oil is applied all over the body or in the affected area and gently massaging in a circular way to improve its absorption.

In addition to helping with stretch marks and blemishes, coconut oil is very effective in leaving skin nourished, smooth, and fighting aging . Apply coconut oil to face and neck to maintain radiant skin.

Coconut oil in the kitchen

And of course, one of the most popular and beneficial uses for oil is in the kitchen.

Coconut oil is the best oil that we can use when preparing cooking recipes that include fried foods, since it is the oil that takes the longest to oxidize and the one that resists higher temperatures, even than virgin olive oil .

This oil is not only used for frying, it is also added to beverages such as coffee and tea .

And of course, when it comes to using coconut oil in the kitchen, you can make recipes where you replace the fatty substance (butter or olive oil) with coconut oil to keep your meals delicious, nutritious and healthy.

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Other uses of coconut oil

In those patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, coconut oil can be added to their diet, since it has been shown to improve their condition markedly.

The same in diabetics and in those patients who are going to undergo surgery and need a high calorie diet. For them a dose of between 30 and 40 ml per day is used.

Coconut oil is also used as an insect repellent and as an ecological biodiesel (3) .

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References

  • 1 file: /// C: /Users/Usuario/Downloads/762-772-1-PB.pdf
  • 2 https://www.aulamedica.es/nh/pdf/9707.pdf
  • 3 https://ac.els-cdn.com/S1995764511600783/1-s2.0-S1995764511600783-main.pdf?_tid=f6edd042-1810-11e8-a08f-00000aacb362&acdnat=1519332357_ec5ec2415e9520899fd2542
  • 4 https://medlineplus.gov/english/druginfo/natural/1092.html
  • 5 https://rassrosh.com/bm/pdf/secondary%20ion%20mass%20spectrometric%20investigation%20of%20penetration%20of%20coconut%20and%20mineral%20oils%20into%20human%20hair.pdf
  • 6 https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/12715094
  • 7 https://journal.scconline.org/abstracts/cc1999/cc050n06/p00327-p00339.html
  • 8 https://circ.ahajournals.org/content/136/3/e1
  • 9 https://www.aulamedica.es/nh/pdf/9707.pdf

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