All you need to know about Coconut Oil
What are the benefits of coconut oil?
One of the greatest superfoods available, coconut oil has a wide variety of uses. Being naturally high in fatty acids, coconut oil is known to boost fat loss, improve brain function and boost heart health when taken in capsule form. It can also be used to treat common problems with dry skin and hair. Coconut oil encourages your body to burn fat more quickly, while providing energy to your brain and body. Half of the fatty acids in coconut oil contain Lauric acid, which your body turns into monolaurin. This helps to boost your immunity and your ability to kill viruses and bacteria.
Is coconut oil good for your skin?
Coconut oil is very beneficial to your skin, and can ease many common skin complaints. It tackles fine lines and wrinkles, and is rich in hydrating ingredients because of its fatty acids, which can help to protect and repair the outermost layer of the skin (the epidermis). It also reduces redness, inflammation, and provides antioxidants that reduce the impact of environmental stressors on the skin.
Does coconut oil help relieve dry hair?
Yes – coconut oil is used in many hair products to give moisturising benefits to hair and scalp. It can also be directly applied to the hair as a mask, with the maximum benefits experienced by leaving in overnight. It can help prevent a dry, itchy scalp, flakiness and dandruff, as well as hair breakage, dryness and split ends.
Should I cook with coconut oil or olive oil?
Generally speaking, olive oil is better for cooking if you are following a calorie-controlled low-fat diet, as one tablespoon of coconut oil equates to six times the recommended amount of saturated fat needed for one day (for an adult). If you do use coconut oil for cooking, avoid daily use and use in moderation.