The controversy surrounding which superfoods contribute to our health and wellbeing seems to continue. If a few years ago it was aloe vera, this year every day there are more celebrities who fall for coconut oil.
It has been used for thousands of years but this year has caused an authentic revolution as a super ingredient of beauty and nutrition for your diet and an ally to lose weight.
It is said that the actress Angelina Jolie takes a spoonful with breakfast almost every morning, while the model Miranda Kerr not only adds it to salads and smoothies but also uses it to cook as well as for the skin. According to dentists, coconut oil can be an effective aid in the decrease of plaque formation that induces gingivitis. In addition to vegetable oils, coconut oil containing 50% lauric acid has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
People use to call it as the Food of the Future, because of its numerous health benefits. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Coconut oil helps to control blood sugar and improves insulin secretion. It also promotes the effective use of blood glucose, thus preventing and treating diabetes.
Prevents infections and protects your heart
Thanks to its content of capric, caprylic and polyphenolic acids, it has antiviral and antimicrobial properties as well. In fact, it helps fight the bacteria Helicobacter pylori which leads to gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer, and is also active against candid species. And it also improves the factors that lead to cardiovascular diseases, such as cholesterol or triglycerides.
It is often used by athletes which helps them increase their endurance and energy. The reason for this is that it contains fewer calories than other oils because its content is easily converted into energy and doesn’t cause fat accumulation in the heart and arteries.
Do you know the reason for the long and shiny hair of women in the tropical coastal regions? Yes, it is coconut oil. These women use this oil for their hair almost daily. It helps with the healthy growth of the hair and gives a great shine. It also provides the essential proteins needed to nourish the damaged hair.
Unlike mineral oil, undesirable side effects on the skin from the use of this oil are unlikely. Therefore, it has been safely used for thousands of years. It also helps treat various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.