Hey ladies today i am going to share the articles i have read about the health benefits of coconut oil.two months ago my hubby started to include virgin coconut oil in his breakfast routine because he was convinced that it had major health benefits but i was a little doubtful about it but after these two months i am quite convinced too.He take virgin coconut oil internally by having 4 table spoons before breakfast and After using coconut oil my hubby's hair fall has ceased he has lost weight and his metabolism is speeding up and he is no more having constipation problems.So recently i have also included it in my diet, at first it feels weird gulping down 4 table spoons of coconut oil but after some days its not weird any more, at start you might feel it heavy inside you stomach but that's ok you can also start by taking 2 table spoons a day Rather than 4 and if you don't want to take spoonful of oil there are other ways to include it in your diet
*here are some articles he made me read about the benefits of coconut oil.you might find these helpful
Coconut oil has become very popular in alternative health circles, despite the fact that for many years it was considered a "bad" fat due to its high saturated fat content. However, it turns out that the saturated fat in coconut oil, especially virgin coconut oil, is not the same as the saturated fat in other oils. It contains medium-chain fatty acids which are much easier on the body than the long chain fatty acids found in many other cooking oils. It also contains several compounds that are good for your health, including caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid.
Not just any coconut oil will do, however. Many brands process the oil at high temperatures, which removes some of the benefits that are available. All of the early studies that found negative effects of coconut oil on cholesterol levels were done with partially hydrogenated coconut oil, whereas unprocessed, virgin coconut oil appears to have positive health effects.
Here are 10 health benefits of virgin coconut oil
Immune System Support
Consuming coconut oil may help to fight off disease and illness thanks to its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. If you're battling any kind of virus or infection, try taking coconut oil.
Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, several studies have found that eating virgin coconut oil does not have adverse effects upon the heart. On the contrary, it appears to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and heart attack. Earlier studies done on coconut oil that found it caused high cholesterol were done using partially hydrogenated coconut oil and not virgin coconut oil and the studies were done on animals, not humans.
Researchers found that Polynesians in the Cook Islands whose diet is extremely high in coconut oil have low cholesterol levels and a very low incidence of heart attack compared to people in the rest of New Zealand who do not consume as much coconut oil. In Sri Lanka, a study found that the incidence of heart attack has risen as the consumption of coconut oil has gone down.
Many people believe that consuming extra virgin coconut oil can help with the symptoms of hypothyroidism. While scientific evidence is conflicting in this regard, many people with hypothyroidism have successfully improved or even reversed their hypothyroidism and have been able to stop taking thyroid medication. Remember that it may not work for everyone and it is important to consult with your doctor before stopping any medications.
One study found that women who took virgin coconut oil every day had a significant reduction in abdominal fat. Even though coconut oil is a type of fat, it may actually help you to lose weight. Because it contains medium chain fatty acids rather than long chain fatty acids like some other commonly used oils, the body uses coconut oil for energy and does not store much of it as fat. In this way, it helps to boost the metabolism.
When applied to wounds and sores, virgin coconut oil may prevent further staph infection. One study found that virgin coconut oil was beneficial in the treatment of atopic dematitis that was colonized with Staphylococcus aureus.
One study on mice found that wounds treated with virgin coconut oil healed faster and showed higher collagen cross-linking than the control group.
Stretch Mark Prevention
In Asia, coconut oil is commonly used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. Already have stretch marks? Women have also found that applying coconut oil to stretch marks after they have formed erases the stretch marks or greatly reduces their appearance.
Moisturizing your skin is the key to keeping it youthful and healthy and coconut oil can be used in place of lotion for a healthier moisturizer. When coconut oil is used, it also helps to 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.
Coconut oil can also be used to improve the health of your scalp and hair. One way it helps is by strengthening the strands and reducing protein loss during washing. Try applying a little bit of coconut oil on your hair to brush out tangles or massage a tiny bit on coconut oil on the scalp for a silky, strong, head of hair.
Coconut oil has been found by many people to be beneficial for digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and indigestion. Coconut oil fights unhealthy bacteria in the digestive system and it also assists in nutrient absorption within the body.
Virgin coconut oil is making a strong comeback. After decades of derision and active avoidance by those who mistakenly believed it would clog their arteries and give them heart disease, unrefined, pure virgin coconut oil is finally getting its day in the sun.
The research of Dr. Weston A. Price in the early part of the last century as documented in his groundbreaking book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration provides a scientific basis for this change of heart. Dr. Price noted through his careful, first hand analysis of Traditional Diets from all over the world that the people of the South Sea Islands who consumed large amounts of virgin coconut oil in their diet actually suffered the lowest amount of heart disease!
In fact, heart disease was virtually nonexistent in this virgin coconut oil loving culture. These people also exhibited strong resistance to disease, easy fertility, strong and beautifully straight teeth, and vitality well into old age. In addition, the women were renowned for their youthful beauty and luminous skin no matter what their age.
Always quick to adopt a trend that holds promise for improvement and maintenance of physical beauty and health, celebrities are digging the benefits of virgin coconut oil too.
Below is the top ten list of famous personalities that use virgin coconut oil regularly by including it as part of their health and wellness regimen:
#10 Apolo Ohno: virgin coconut oil for dinner
The Olympic Gold Medalist and winner of Dancing with the Stars uses coconut oil to help him prepare for competition. According to the New York Times, the speed skating champion says his routine is to eat a dinner of steamed broccoli and brown rice topped with coconut oil to provide extra energy the night before a big race.
Medium chain triglyclerides (MCTs) are the wonderful fat available in copious amounts in virgin coconut oil that is used immediately by the body for energy that Mr. Ohno has learned to use to his advantage
#9 Jillian Michaels: virgin coconut oil for cooking
Personal trainer and fitness guru Jillian Michaels extols virgin coconut oil as an aid to the immune system.
In her book Master Your Metabolism, Ms. Michaels includes a recipe for a stirfry which lists 1 TBL of virgin coconut oil as a key ingredient along with several other fresh and whole foods
#8 Miranda Kerr: virgin coconut oil in tea
Supermodel Miranda Kerr who is married to actor Orlando Bloom and recently became a new Mom says eating lots of coconut oil is her beauty secret and that she has been consuming it since she was 14. Of her favorite virgin coconut oil, Miranda states:
“I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.”
#6 CJ Wilson: coconut oil for game day meals
The popular pitcher for the Texas Rangers consumes coconut oil as it is the preferred cooking oil of his personal chef Aaron Elliot. Elliot even prefers virgin coconut oil to olive oil when preparing meals for the baseball star and this includes meals prepared for Wilson on game days.
Wilson’s “game day omelet” consists of three eggs with spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper and onion. The veggies are sauteed in coconut oil prior to adding the eggs.
#5 Gwyneth Paltrow: virgin coconut oil to moisturize after an Epsom Salts bath
Oscar winning actress, wife of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Mom to Apple and Moses, Gwyneth Paltrow claims to regularly use virgin coconut oil to moisturize her skin after a bath of cleansing and detoxifying epsom salts.
According to her website goop.com:
“I love Epsom salt baths to detox, revive muscles and de-puff skin. While in the bath, I use an exfoliating mitt which stimulates skin and leaves it soft and bump-free. After the bath, I slather my skin with extra-virgin organic coconut oil.”
#4 Gisele Bundchen: virgin coconut oil for organic skincare line
The Brazilian supermodel and wife of quarterback Tom Brady has her own organic skincare line, Sejaa pure skincare, that includes coconut oil as a main ingredient.
The supermodel who reportedly earns more than her Superbowl winning husband, infuriated dermatologists by calling sunscreen “poison” and refusing to include any sun blocking chemicals in any of her skincare line instead opting for the humble virgin coconut oil.
#3 Dr. Oz: coconut oil for speeding metabolism and weight loss
That’s right, a celebrity MD is even endorsing virgin coconut oil! Dr. Oz recently ran a two part series on his popular show called Coconut Oil Superpowers.
He extols the use of virgin coconut oil as a tool for weight loss by speeding up metabolism.
#2 Angelina Jolie: virgin coconut oil for breakfast
According to the UK Daily Mail, Angelina Jolie includes virgin coconut oil as part of her breakfast routine.
A source for Grazia magazine said:
“Angelina has been known to start her day with little more than a spoonful of coconut oil and a handful of cereal.”
It’s no wonder Ms. Jolie likes including virgin coconut oil to start her day.
According to Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Mary Enig, authors of the book Eat Fat Lose Fat, a bit of virgin coconut oil before a meal can really assist with healthy weight maintenance by helping people feel full and not overeat.
#1 Jennifer Aniston: coconut oil for weight loss and boosting metabolism
Jennifer Aniston apparently was a devotee of the Coconut Diet for a period of time and was even spotted with a shopping cart full of coconut oil.
The Coconut Diet is low carb and includes plenty of coconut in all its forms to speed metabolism and weight loss.
Perhaps Jennifer saw Dr. Oz’s show on coconut oil increasing metabolism and weight loss and this convinced her to try this amazing, traditional oil?
Coconut oil is grabbing lots of attention lately. Supermodels and celebrities swear by it, downing tablespoonfuls every day to maintain flawless skin and glossy hair. And scientists are studying its disease-fighting powers.
Healthy oils—like virgin coconut oil—are essential to a fast metabolism, too. Here’s how to buy it and try it
Stick with virgin coconut oil
Virgin coconut oil is the good stuff. It’s pressed directly out of fresh or newly dried coconuts. It’s a unique oil:
- Virgin coconut oil is rich in antioxidants (ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, and Vitamin E) that are terrific for skin and can even help wounds heal.
- It contains lauric acid, a rare fatty acid (found in breast milk, but hardly anywhere else) that boosts immunity and metabolism.
- Unlike most other fats, virgin coconut oil contains mostly medium-chain fatty acids. Your liver metabolizes these faster than regular long-chain fats, so you’re more likely to burn coconut oil for energy—and less likely to store it as fat. It’s a saturated fat, but a healthy one.
In The Fast Metabolism Diet, we use coconut and coconut oil—along with other healthy-fat foods like salmon, avocado, nuts, eggs, and olive oil—to fuel your metabolic fire in Phase Three.
Avoid refined coconut oil, though. It’s usually chemical-laden, bleached, deodorized, and sometimes partially hydrogenated, which creates artery-clogging trans fats. Refining destroys a lot of the healthy antioxidants and essential fatty acids, too.
How does it taste?
Crack open a jar of virgin coconut oil, and you’ll immediately smell fresh coconut. It tastes mild and faintly sweet.
Here are a few ways to try it:
- Stir it into your morning oatmeal.
- Sub it for butter. Virgin coconut oil stays solid at room temperature, but melts when it gets a little warm, so you can spread it on sprouted-grain toast or English muffins.
- Melt it over sweet potatoes, butternut squash—any cooked veggie, really. It’s fantastic with bitter greens like kale.
- Sauté or grill with it. Your food will pick up the faint coconut taste—think coconut shrimp, chicken stir-fry, and grilled pineapple.
Other ways to use coconut oil
The kitchen isn’t the only place you can use virgin coconut oil. It’s great as a skin moisturizer or hair balm. It makes a fine eye-makeup remover and can even be used for diaper rash.
I hope you find these articles helpful.Do Try to include Coconut Oil in you Diet.Stay Happy & Healthy