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6 Impressive Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Trying to eat healthy and substitute unhealthy foods with something better? Why not give coconut oil a try? There have been thousands of trials that have proved coconut oil to be extremely healthy. This oil is easy to digest and is not stored as bodily fat. It contains healthy fats or triglycerides such as Capric acid, Caprylic acid, and Lauric acid. Coconut oil has healthy saturated fats, unlike butter or margarine which is full of unsaturated fats. This makes coconut oil a healthy alternative to add to your meals. It also has a number of health benefits including the following:

6. Prevents Tooth Decay

Coconut oil has been known to prevent tooth decay and treat gum disease. Oil pulling or gargling with oils is an ayurvedic method used to promote oral health. Oil pulling with coconut oil prevents periodontal disease and can even reverse the effects of tooth decay. This is because the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil kill the bacteria that cause decay. Besides that, it also treats halitosis and strengthens the gums and teeth.

5. Reduces Inflammation And Arthritis

Pure coconut oil is loaded with antioxidants that promote healing and soothes the symptoms of inflammation. It also treats painful joints and can act as a mild pain killer. These anti-inflammatory properties make coconut oil a highly effective analgesic. In fact, many studies have shown that virgin coconut oil is more effective as a painkiller than many over-the-counter drugs.

4. Boosts The Immune System

Coconut oil has several antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It contains lauric acid which fights bacteria and creates a hostile environment for viruses. This protects the body from a number of diseases. You can replace butter, oil, and sugar in your diet with coconut oil as it is great for cooking and is also a natural sweetener. It is also possible to treat mild colds by taking a tablespoon of coconut oil three times a day.

3. Helps With Skin Problems

Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer and is used to treat dandruff, sunburn, psoriasis and eczema. The fatty acids present in the oil can reduce inflammation caused by acne and this also makes it useful for treating rashes. The antioxidants in coconut oil also make it perfect for slowing down wrinkles and preventing sun tans. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties that make it perfect to use as a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Many people use coconut oil to make their own soaps, deodorants, and lotions.

2. Helps With Digestion

This oil helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. For instance, it helps the body absorb calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Many people consume plain coconut oil as a colon cleanser. Also, coconut oil helps kill harmful bacteria in the gut and promotes the growth of ‘good’ bacteria. It is helpful when treating indigestion, constipation and acid reflux. It is also used to treat ulcerative colitis and kills candida or thrush which is responsible for many digestive disorders.

1. Prevents Heart Disease And Lowers Blood Pressure
Coconut oil is full of healthy, saturated fats. Saturated fats increase the levels of HDLs (high-density lipoproteins) or ‘good’ fats; while converting the LDLs (low-density lipoproteins) or bad fats into healthy cholesterol.  This keeps the heart functioning properly and so prevents heart disease. It keeps the entire cardiac system healthy by lowering the blood pressure and improving blood flow.😊😊😊

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