For ages, and in so many cultures, the coconut, and its derivatives, i.e. sugar and oil, have excelled as very valuable sources of food, good health and beautiful skin and hair.
In traditional medicine, coconut is used to treat a wide variety of conditions: asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, fever, flu, menstruation, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, toothache, upset stomach and many more.
Similarly, published medical journals show that coconut may provide a wide range of benefits such as: kills viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeasts, provides quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance, improves digestion and insulin secretion, reduces health risks associated with diabetes, helps protect against osteoporosis, supports immune system functions, is heart-healthy by improving cholesterol ratio, acts as a protective antioxidant, promotes loss of excess weight, and many more.
Topically, when applied to skin, it helps ward off infection, supports the natural balance of the skin, softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking, promotes healthy-looking hair and complexion and controls dandruff.
Coconut oil enhances healthy growth of hair. It is also an excellent conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. Massaging coconut oil on the head gives a very soothing feeling, thereby reducing stress and mental fatigue.
Slows Aging Process: Because Coconut oil is also an antioxidant, it may help prevent premature aging and degenerative diseases.
Good for the Heart: Coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. Unlike other fats, it contains about 50% lauric acid, that may assist in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Coconut oil by far contains the best concentration of lauric acid.
Renowned coconut oil experts Drs. Mary Enig and Bruce Fife recommend the average person consume about three tablespoons of coconut oil each day. This amount is seen not only provide protection against bacteria and viruses, but it will also increase your metabolism and improve the condition of your skin and hair.
Reduces Weight: It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that may help in taking off excessive weight. It speeds up metabolism, providing an immediate source of energy.
Good Immunity: It strengthens the immune system. The lauric acid it contains is known to help in dealing with viruses and diseases.
Control of Diabetes: A low GI diet may help prevent the development of diabetes, help control blood sugar, improve the secretion of insulin and provide effective utilization of blood glucose. Coconut has a very lowglycemic index of only 35%, compared to cane sugar at 65-100 and honey at 55-83.
Sports and Diet: Coconut oil is very popular among athletes and body builders and dieters because it has fewer calories than other oils. Its fat content is readily converted into energy and does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. It also boosts energy and endurance and enhances the performance of athletes.
And YES, it is definitely exceptional as cooking oil, too!
Coming in three different varieties to suit your needs: Pure Virgin (water-like taste and distinct coconut aroma,) Extra Virgin (natural taste and aroma of raw coconut oil) and Culinary-Grade (tasteless and odorless so that it does not mask the flavour of food) all of which are great for cooking, frying, as food supplement, salad dressing and an excellent replacement for olive oil.
Tips on using Extra Virgin Oil to moisturize & deep-condition hair: 1. Shampoo hair; dry till damp 2. Rub a teaspoon of oil between palms (more if hair is longer) and run hands through hair. 3. Coat with oil; your hair will look slick & shiny. 4. Cover hair with plastic cap to increase absorption 5.Leave for about 1 hour 6. Rinse hair; it will feel thick & full.
Skin Conditioner: Coconut acts as a smooth moisturizer on the skin, especially on dry skin. It is comparable to mineral oil except that, unlike mineral oil, it does not have adverse side effect on the skin. It is safe in the prevention of dryness and flaking of the skin. It is also slows the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin that normally result from aging.
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