Often considered as “The Miracle Oil,” virgin coconut oil brings numerous health and aesthetic benefits that helped earned its lofty reputation. The healing properties of virgin coconut oil are largely attributed to its lauric acid content, which helps in reducing and eliminating viruses and harmful bacteria in the body. The benefits of the oil has gained the attention of health enthusiasts outside the Philippines, and thus resulted to a robust demand for virgin coconut oil in the international market.
Virgin coconut oil can be ingested alone, mixed with food as cooking oil or applied topically all over the body. Regular intake and application of the oil will give you the following:
-Beautiful skin and hair
When massaged unto the scalp, virgin coconut oil can make hair softer and shinier. It can also help get rid of lice and dandruff. It works as a great conditioned because the oil contains essential proteins that can nourish damaged hair.
Virgin coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer. People with dry and flaky skin can benefit with regular application, and it also serves as excellent massage oil. When used often, virgin coconut oil can help delay the signs of aging, and can treat skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. This is the reason why coconut oil is used as a basic ingredient for many soaps, lotions and massage oils.
-Higher resistance against heart diseases
The misconception that coconut oil is bad for the heart is entirely false. Virgin coconut oil is actually beneficial for the heart because of its lauric acid content, which aids in stabilizing cholesterol levels and regulate blood pressure. Unlike in vegetable oils, the saturated fats in coconut oil are not harmful to the heart. Regular intake can also help prevent atherosclerosis.
Virgin coconut oil is often recommended for those who want to lose weight the healthy way. The fatty acids in the oil help eliminate excess weight and increase the body's metabolism, which makes the body burn more energy in the process. You will notice that there are hardly any obese or overweight people in tropical countries; coconut oil is part of their daily diet.
-Stronger immune system
The oil's ingredients, such as antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid and capric acid have properties which help strengthen the body's immune system. It helps fight diseases such as influenza and herpes.
- Tougher bones and teeth
Virgin coconut oil helps the body in absorbing minerals beneficial for good health, and these minerals include calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium is essential for stronger teeth and helps fight osteoporosis.