David Novak Looks at Coconut Oil

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Posted: 08/01/2014 Print

David Novak Looks at Coconut Oil

Guest Post by David Novak

The popularity of coconut oil has been growing over the last several years, especially in the western world. While in other parts of the globe, benefits of coconut oil have been known for ages. Coconut oil has been truly misconceived because of its high saturated fat content; however, more evidence shows that these fats are not actually “bad” fats. Rather, they are actually “healthy” fats. Coconut oil can be used as a food and as a natural beauty product:

Hair care

This edible oil is considered as one of the best organic products for your hair, which might explain why it appears as a base ingredient in various hair products. It is reported to stimulate healthy hair growth, as well as gives your hair a lustrous quality. Coconut oil is extremely effective in reducing the loss of hair protein, which is one of the main reasons why hair became dull and unhealthy. In some countries, coconut oil has been widely used as part of hair care routines. It is proven to be an excellent hair conditioner and helps in the regrowth process of damaged hair. Regular use of coconut oil is also effective in diminishing hair dandruff, as well as keeping hair and scalp lice-free.

Skin care

When it comes to skin care, coconut oil has been hailed as an exceptional, all-natural skin moisturizer as well.  It is easily absorbed by the skin where it works by preventing damage from free radicals, reducing wrinkling and sagging, and even restoring strength to the underlying skin tissues. It also has no adverse side effects unlike mineral oil, making it effective on all skin types. Coconut oil also helps in treating different skin diseases such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin infections. With these numerous benefits, no wonder it has been widely used as a base ingredient for various skin care products like lotions, soaps, creams and cosmetics.

In the Diet

Coconut oil is indeed high in fat - it is comprised of 90% saturated fat. Most of the fats we consume consist of long chain fatty acids that needs to be broken down before being absorbed by the body, while coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids (MCFA).

Coconut oil contains no cholesterol, making it a great choice of cooking oil. It also contains lauric acid.


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