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The benefits of virgin coconut oil

 | July 24, 2012

Who would have thought that a tablespoon of cold-pressed virgin coconut oil three times a day could melt the pounds away? Yet research shows that it does exactly that plus boost our health is many other ways.

Virgin coconut oil is different from other cooking oils in that it has medium-chain fatty acids rather than long-chain fatty acids. It also contains caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid, all good compounds that are beneficial to our health.

Weight loss: if you’re looking to lose belly fat, you’ll be pleased with a recent study that showed women who consumed virgin coconut oil daily lost fat in their abdominal area.

This is supported by a 1986 study by TB Seaton et al in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that showed people who ate meals containing medium-chain fatty acids increased their metabolic rate an average of 12%, compared to only 4% in those eating meals with long-chain fatty acids. This helps prove the theory that the body uses virgin coconut oil for energy and does not store it as fat thus promoting weight loss.

Better digestion: many of us are familiar with the discomfit and pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and indigestion. By incorporating virgin coconut oil into your diet, you will find a significant reduction in your digestive problems. Virgin coconut oil fights unhealthy bacteria in your gut and also assists in nutrient absorption within the body.

More efficient thyroid: some patients with hypothyroidism have reportedly been able to improve or reverse altogether their condition by consuming extra virgin coconut oil daily. Although the results are not conclusive, you might want to give this a try should you have hypothyroidism. But consult your doctor first before going off any kind of prescribed medication.

Healthier heart: studies have shown that virgin coconut oil can reduce the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and heart attack. That’s because the saturated fats in virgin coconut oil contain about 50% lauric acid that is heart-friendly while reducing the incidence of injury in arteries.

Stronger immune system: virgin coconut oil also has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that aid the body in fending off disease and illness thanks to the anti-microbial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid that it contains.

Healthier skin: virgin coconut oil has immense antioxidant properties and makes a great moisturiser. It also helps fight bacteria and other skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, eczema, and psoriasis. If you have an area of skin that is irritated, rub coconut oil on the skin to soothe the inflammation and reduce the symptoms. It also makes a great massage oil and helps in delaying the signs of premature ageing when used on your face.

Healthier hair and scalp: virgin coconut oil helps reduce protein loss during washing. For shinier, stronger and tangle-free hair, rub just a little onto your hair and scalp after a good wash. Apart from being an excellent conditioner, virgin coconut oil also helps in the re-growth of damaged hair and provides essential proteins for nourishing damaged hair.

100% Cold-Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil can be purchased at leading pharmacies and some hypermarkets in Malaysia from RM52 and upwards for a 1000ml bottle. Smaller bottles are also available.





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