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Coconut Oil: Uses, Health Benefits

As a mangalorean, we use Coconut oil almost every day in cooking and application externally. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.


Here are some benefits of using Coconut oil every day:
1. It moisturizes the skin

 

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2. Boosts the immune system

 

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3. Lowers the cholesterol levels

 

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4. Controls the blood sugar by improving the secretion of Insulin

 

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5. Reduces Stretch marks owing to its moisturizing and anti oxidant properties.

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6. Nourishes Hair

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7. Aids digestion – the fatty acids present in the coconut oil requires less energy to break down. And can be easily digested and absorbed.

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8. Increases bone strength – it aids the absorption of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and other important minerals.

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9. Promotes weight loss as the fatty acids are absorbed directly into the cells, they can be easily burned as energy rather than being stored.

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10. Energy Booster

 

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11. Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s

 

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12. Fights inflammation – the Lauric and Capric acid helps in mediating inflammation.
13. Soothes the rash – Owing to the anti inflammatory property it helps in soothing the rash.


14. Helps in healing wound — Antibacterial and antifungal properties make coconut oil ideal for minor scrapes and scratches.

15. Helps in Constipation relief – aids smooth functioning of digestive tract.

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16. Helps reducing Sun tan

 

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17. Reduces Dark circles

 

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18. Softens the dry elbows

 

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19. Eases the arthritis pain – As it is anti inflammatory it helps to reduces the soreness

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20. Treats Athletes Foot — Wash your foot, pat dry it. Add considerable amount of Coconut oil because of it anti fungal property it helps in healing it.


21. Prevent Stretch Marks – Rub coconut oil onto the area and massage it well.

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22. Detangles Hair – Dampen your hair well and then massage with coconut oil for about 3 minutes. Then comb your hair slowly to find the hair detangled.

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23. Helps heal the cracked heels – Soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes, then slough the dead cells using a pumice stone and apply coconut oil on the heels and massage it well.

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24. Reduces Fine lines – Apply small amount of coconut oil on the face and massage it slowly for 5 minutes.

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25. Ease Osteoporosis – Application of Coconut oil helps in absorption of calcium.

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26. Prevents Split ends – The fatty acids present in coconut oil stick to keratin, the main protein of hair there by protecting the hair from breakage.

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27. Reduces Dandruff Apply oil about 2 -3 times a week to help keep itching at bay.


28. Minimizes Heartburn – Everyday use of Coconut oil helps in reducing heart burn

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29. Helps heal a bruise – Application of coconut oil on the bruise helps in repair the tissue damage.

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30. Fights acne

 


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