Coconut oil is gaining tremendous popularity for its versatility and health benefits. It is available either unprocessed (also known as “virgin”) or cold-pressed. The difference between the two is that virgin coconut oil has not been exposed to bleaching or refining. Cold pressed coconut oil is processed with a low amount of heat from the pressure of pressing out the oil. No outside heat source is used.
What makes coconut oil so different from other oils is that it is high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT). These saturated fats work differently in the human body. The acid chain lengths are shorter and metabolized quicker. Since these are oxidized by the liver easily and quickly, coconut oil is being touted as an energy source.
The health benefits from using coconut oil are varied. According to Gerard Paul of ManyEats, the oil can be “used for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel, Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system.”
Other benefits include:
- Using the oil with other herbs as a head lice treatment
- Ingesting the oil does not seem to raise your chance of heart disease
- Eating the oil in small amounts may promote fat loss
- Massaging newborn babies with the oil may contribute to healthy weight gain
- Using the oil may increase LDL (good) cholesterol
Ways to Incorporate Coconut Oil into Your Life Today
Wellness Mama reported there are many uses for coconut oil. These are easy and relatively inexpensive as coconut oil can be purchased in jars or 1 gallon buckets—depending on your need. Many people use coconut oil now to cook, moisturize their skin and treat conditions. Prices for pure unrefined cold pressed coconut oil run the gamut, starting at $5 for a 12 ounce jar to $55 for a 1 gallon bucket, at most places.
You can use coconut oil:
- As the oil when cooking
- Added to foods or emulsified in coffee
- Added to lotions, soaps, deodorant, or as an eye makeup remover
- As a diaper cream
- To reduce the appearance of stretch marks
- As a lip balm
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the health benefits and uses for coconut oil. Pick a few to try today and watch this space for other uses.