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5 Great Benefits of Coconut Oil

1. Great for your Heart
Coconut oil is super beneficial for your heart because it assist us in preventing various heart problems as it have approximate 50% lauric acid which helps us regulate high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil contains good saturated fats different from the one you find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil also helps us reduce damage and injury to arteries (prevents atherosclerosis).
2. Supports in Weight loss
Coconut oil contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that assist us in taking off excessive weight. It helps us in healthy functions of our thyroid and endocrine system as it is very easy to digest. Amazingly, coconut oil assist us burn more energy as it increases our body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas and helps obese and overweight people lose the weight.
3. Amazing for Skin care
Coconut oil can be used as massage oil, moisturizer for all types of skin, especially dry skin. It helps in prevention of dryness and flaking skin. It also keeps your skin young as it delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin as it ages. Due to Coconut oil’s well-known antioxidant properties it helps in prevention of premature aging and degenerative diseases. Coconut oil also helps in treating more skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
4. Strengthen Immunity
Coconut oil is great for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system because of its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. Our body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which as an effective way to deal with viruses, protozoa (such as giardia lamblia) and bacteria (e.g.listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori) that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV.
5. Improves Digestion
Coconut oil assists to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion.

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