If we describe a coconut botanically, it is simply a fibrous one-seeded drupe, a Botanic term. But in more general terms, a coconut can be any of the three: a nut, a fruit, or a seed.
If you eat the meat of a coconut, drink its water or milk, or use its oil, you will enjoy its many health benefits. And, unlike most fruits, the coconut contains large amounts of water, which have been an important source of hydration for people for many years. Besides the large amount of water this fruit, people love eating its meat, too.
The coconut oil is the most important by-product of the coconut today. It can be used anywhere; both internally and externally-and is mostly consumed by people, who want to lose weight and increase their energy. The coconut oil is primarily made of medium-chain fats (MCFAs), which the body does not store as fats. Instead, they are used to produce energy.
Some of the Health Benefits of Coconuts and Coconut Oils
The coconut oil, meat, and water all give many health benefits. In particular, the coconut oil has been hailed as a super food. Below are some of the healthy benefits of people who add coconut oil to their diet.
1. Prevents High Blood Pressure and Heart Diseases
The coconut oil is rich in saturated fats. The saturated fats help increase the healthy cholesterol (HDL) in the body and turn the LDL (which is not good cholesterol) into better cholesterols. If the HDL level in the body increases, it will promote heart health and reduce the chances of heart diseases.
2. Treatment of Alzheimer Disease
The liver digests the Medium-Chain Fatty acids (MCFAs). And then, they are turned into ketones, which produce the energy for the brain. These ketones then supply the energy to the brain without necessarily requiring the insulin to convert the glucose into energy.
Research has shown that the brain creates its own insulin, which processes the glucose that produces the energy of powering the brain cells. Unfortunately, the brain of a person who has Alzheimer’s disease cannot manufacture its own insulin. With coconut oil, ketones are produced, which provide an alternative source that enable the brain to function normally.
3. Cure UTIs and Other Kidney Infections & Liver Protection
The coconut oil is also known to clean up the urinary tract and heal other kidney infections. According to research, coconut oil directly protects the liver from damage because the water will help in the hydrating and healing process. Sometimes doctors inject people who have kidney stones with coconut water as it helps clear up the kidney stones.
4. Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
Coconut oil possesses qualities, which help in fighting cancer. One of them is the ketones, which are produced during its digestion. The ketogenic component is good for people suffering from cancer as it can help them recover. The coconut oil is also known to prevent cancer from developing.
5. Boost the Immune System (Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Bacterial)
Coconut oil has lauric acid, which has been known to fight bacteria, reduce Candida, and create a bad environment for the viruses to multiply. Believe it or not, many diseases today are the result of an overgrowth of funguses, viruses, parasites and bad bacteria.
6. Improve the Energy level and Endurance
Coconut oil is easy to digest and can also produce a lot of energy, which can sustain a person for long and increase his metabolism. When you eat coconut meat or take non-processed coconut meat/oil, the medium chain-fatty acids go directly into the liver and are turned into energy.
Many athletes these days use coconut oil as their main source of energy, especially in training sessions and during long distance races.
7. Reduces Stomach Ulcers and Ulcerative Colitis, and Improves Digestion
The coconut oil improves digestion, thus helping the body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins, magnesium, and calcium. It also improves the gut health by destroying harmful bacteria and Candida. The Candida imbalance can cause a decrease of stomach acid and which in turn causes poor digestion and inflammation.
8. Damaged Hair
The coconut oil is good for your physical well-being because it can help improve your looks. If your hair has no protein, it becomes dry, frizzy, and frayed. The coconut oil prevents protein loss in your hair, which makes it to remain strong and healthy.
Health and Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil
We have many other great uses of coconut oil, but I will just mention a few here. Coconut oil is good for cooking simply because it is stable, and can also be used topically in various ways, such as a hair gel, deodorant, eye-makeup remover, lotion, and in dealing with various skin issues.
Kingsley Felix is a Blogger and Webmaster for Healthable, a Health and Wellness blog. Kingsley is also a web developer/designer.