18 Jun Millenium’s choice: Top 10 Uses of Virgin Coconut Oil
Here are the 10 uses:
Nearly 50% of the fat in coconut oil is a type of fat that’s rarely found in nature. It’s called lauric acid, which has many health promoting properties. Your body converts this into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Because of this, there’s no better time than the present to start taking coconut oil now.
Believe it or not, coconut oil can be beneficial in weight loss programs. Coconut oil is high in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s). MCT’s are transported straight to the liver and are metabolized quickly by the body into energy (unlike other fat) so they’re less likely to be stored as body fat. It actually helps to boost your metabolism, making it conducive to weight loss when used within a healthy diet and exercise plan.
In the 1930’s it was found that South Pacific islanders whose diets were high in coconut had excellent cardiovascular health and heart disease was virtually non-existent. It wasn’t until they were introduced to other types of processed food and fats that heart disease symptoms developed. Unrefined coconut oil can be really beneficial to your heart health.
Coconut oil has a very high smoke point. This means that it can be heated to very high temperatures (up to 177 o Celsius) without getting converted to free radicals that promote disease. This means you can use it for frying and cooking, while retaining the health benefits rather than destroying them. Use coconut oil instead of butter or margarine on your toast in the morning. You can even put a dollop of it into a hot bowl of soup… It’s seriously delicious. Coconut oil can also be used in baking or for frying or even blended into smoothies for a creamy texture.
There’s some really interesting research that’s being done on coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease and how it can slow and even reverse some of the symptoms. Alzheimer’s is referred to as diabetes of the brain – where insulin prevents the brain cells from accepting glucose into the cells (their primary fuel). Without it, the cells eventually die. But fortunately there is an alternative fuel. It’s called ketones. Ketones are a source of fuel that the brain easily accepts. They are metabolized in the liver after you eat MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides), which are found in coconut oil.
Dreading your winter or dry skin? Not only can you take coconut oil internally, it’s also fine to put it ON your skin. This makes for a fabulous night cream or moisturizer (you only need a tiny bit) for your face and body. It can even be used as a natural eye makeup remover. It’s Paraben free and it’ll leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s a win-win.
Glossy Healthy Hair Treatment
Coconut oil makes for a brilliant hair repair treatment. Comb it through your hair and leave on overnight (or for a few hours) for a natural and nourishing treatment. Wash it out with shampoo and condition as normal. It leaves even the driest of locks feeling soft and silky. Plus, it’s got to be cheaper than a salon treatment, right?
This one seems like a bit of a wild card. But, because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and the fact that it’s moisturizing yet gentle means it is a great alternative for an all-natural nappy cream.
Dental Health and Hygiene
The ancient Ayurvedic practice of daily ‘oil pulling’ is thought to not only leave your teeth white and glossy but gives your gums a healthy pink colour. It will also kill any harmful bacteria that you might have in your mouth that may lead to disease. Simply take a spoonful of coconut oil and aim to swirl around in your mouth for up to 2 – 20 minutes. Spit out at the end and brush as usual.
Just a teaspoon (or less) can take off a day’s worth of makeup with ease, no matter the staying power. Massage a dollop of warmed, liquified coconut oil straight onto skin and watch as makeup melts away, then rinse with warm water. To make your own coconut oil makeup remover wipes, melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per round cotton pad in a microwave-safe container. Then, lay the cotton pads in an even layer and let them soak up the oil overnight. Store them in the same container or in a plastic baggie and throw them in your carry-on or gym bag for easy makeup removal on the go.