Is virgin coconut oil good for you?
In today’s post, I’ll be discussing the benefits and side-effects of virgin coconut oil. Is it really good for your skin, hair, and overall health? So, if you’re keen to know the same, keep on reading….
What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is saturated fat, which is highly effective for your health, skin, and hair. It solidifies at the room temperature and becomes soft when heated. It is a rich source of essential fatty acids including lauric acid (49%), linoleic acid (2%), myristic acid (18%), caprylic acid (8%), palmitic acid (8%), oleic acid (6%), stearic acid (2%), and capric acid (7%).
What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
Virgin Coconut Oil is extracted from coconut milk or coconut pulp using the cold-pressed technique. It does not pass through any chemical or heat process that retains its therapeutic properties.
Earlier, I was using ‘Kama Ayurveda Virgin Coconut Oil’. Recently, I got my hands on the best coconut oil ‘Happy Groove Virgin Coconut Oil’. I found both of them effective. You should give them a try.
Let us go through the virgin coconut oil benefits in detail.
Health Benefits of Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
- Immune Booster
Caprylic acid and Lauric acid are the two main components that are beneficial for immunity. Virgin coconut oil contains these acids that fight various bacteria and viruses. It is an anti-viral that safeguards the cells against the free radical damage, improving your immunity. You can cook your food in coconut oil to stay fit and healthy.
- Supports Heart Health
Virgin Coconut oil is well-known for reducing Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and improving HDL or good cholesterol in the arteries. It helps keep the heart diseases at bay and supports a healthy heart. Consume 1 tablespoon of regular or virgin coconut oil daily to revitalize yourself.
- Helps in Weight Loss
Want to get rid of the belly fat or body bulges? Start including coconut oil in your diet. As mentioned in the introduction that it is rich in essential fatty acids, it helps speed up metabolism. It helps you get back in shape by curbing dangerous and stubborn body fat.
- Treats UTI and Kidney Infections
The organic coconut oil helps flush out toxins in your body, curing kidney infections. It is a natural home remedy that is helpful in treating Urine Tract Infections like pelvic pain, pain during urination, and frequent urination. Click here to check out how to use it for UTI.
- Improves Digestion
Upset stomach, intestinal gas, constipation, heartburn, etc. are some of the symptoms of bad digestion. These problems occur due to bad eating habits. Coconut oil is highly effective to improve digestion as it stimulates the digestive enzymes.
Virgin Coconut Oil for Body Care
- Hair Growth
Virgin Coconut oil can do wonders for your hair. Whether you have the problem of thin, dry hair, hair fall, dandruff, or itchy scalp, you just need to apply warm coconut oil on your scalp and massage. The regular usage will impress you with the results.
Currently, I am using HappyGrove virgin Coconut oil, but you can use any regular or cold-pressed coconut oil.
- Natural Moisturizer
If you have extremely dry skin just like me, coconut oil is your best friend. Use a little amount of coconut oil for skin regularly and see the wonderful results. It will deeply penetrate in your skin and make it baby-soft.
- Skin Allergies
Coconut oil is a single solution to numerous skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, skin peeling, etc. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties that shield your skin from allergy-causing bacteria. Apply a little amount of it on the affected area till you see the results.
- Teeth Whitening
Oil pulling is a traditional method for teeth whitening. It is one of best home remedies for teeth whitening. Swish 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes and spit off. Remember, do not swallow it. Follow this method regularly to remove plaque from your teeth and bad breath. It will make your gums healthier.
- Improves Skin Texture
It keeps your skin hydrated and moisturized all day long. Its regular usage will help fade acne marks, reduce hyperpigmentation, and give an even skin tone. You can include the coconut oil as a moisturizer in your CTM regime.
Other Virgin Coconut Oil Uses
- Reduces Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are caused due to the tearing of tissues. You can use coconut oil for stretch marks on your body. It helps repair the damaged skin tissues that will fade off stretch marks. You need to rub it on the affected areas. The healing process is little time-consuming, so be patient to see wonderful results.
- Natural Massage Oil for Baby
Not only for adults but this organic oil is also effective for babies. You can use it as massaging oil or moisturizer for your baby.
These are some of the benefits of virgin coconut oil for your overall health and beauty. There is no downside or side effect of coconut oil according to me. Though it is a natural treatment for various health problems, it might not suit some of you. So, to check whether it will work for you or not, do a patch test on your arm. If it suits you, get it now to keep yourself and your family members healthy and beautiful.