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Benefits of coconut oil

We’ve all seen, (and of course, smelt) coconut oil in our moisturisers, but there may be a few benefits that you’re not yet aware of. Here we take a look at the top 5 benefits of coconut oil, and hopefully there will be some surprises!

Weight loss

As bizarre as it may seem, coconut oil has been proven to assist with weight loss. That sweet smelling oil can stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function and escalate energy levels – all key components in weight loss! Coconut oil also keeps our little ticker beating melodiously, nutritionist Dr. Carina Norris explains. “Animal studies suggest that polyphenol compounds in coconut oil can lower total cholesterol and the 'bad' LDL form of cholesterol, as well as raising 'good' HDL cholesterol, which could potentially have heart benefits.”

Hair repair

Coconut oil has been used for hair repair in coastal areas of the world for years, with countries like Malaysia using it as their only hair conditioner – providing a whole host of fantastic results! Coconut oil contains lauric and capric acid, and these little tools help our hair stay firmly to its roots, prohibiting hair fall and hair loss. Our good friend coconut oil is also a great moisture retainer – keeping our hair soft and easy to style. As if that wasn’t enough, the various fatty acids present in coconut oil stops dandruff!

Skin care

As a fat-filled substance, coconut oil is a great moisturiser. It keeps our skin youthful and supple, reducing the appearance of lines without any irritation. As a rich moisturiser, coconut oil can also help with skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.

Healing

Coconut oil has been used on cuts and bruises, where it forms a protective layer which speeds up the healing process.

Combating tooth decay

No, you’re not hearing things; research really has shown that digested coconut oil is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. As tooth decay affects around 60-90% of children in the UK, the findings of the research team from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland are particularly significant. Scientists found that coconut oil stopped the growth of Streptococcus bacteria - a major cause of tooth decay. Hurrah for coconut oil!

Posted by Freya Harper

 
 
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