By MH Staff - Posted on 20th May 2014
Coconut oil can be used in numerous ways in your daily life from cooking to grooming. Here are 5 ways you can benefit
Found in your local grocery or health food store, studies suggest that a small daily serving (1 to 2 tbsp) can boost metabolism thanks to its high lauric acid content and medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil doesn’t seem to raise your cholesterol – another great benefit – and its high smoke point makes it great for just about every meal, from eggs to stir-fry's.
Coconut oil is a natural moisturiser that offers multiple skin benefits and is commonly used an ingredient in commercial skin products. “Besides its hydrating ability, it contains lauric acid, which has been shown to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, explaining why coconut oil may help treat certain skin infections,” said Dr. Josh Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. A spoonful of coconut oil is usually enough to hydrate your whole body – try swapping it with your current lotion.
Studies suggest that coconut oil can strengthen and fortify the hair shaft, which may help it look thicker, feel softer and appear healthier. Extra-virgin or unrefined coconut oil, which has not been processed, is the best and purest form and is commonly used as an ingredient in commercial hair products.
As if it couldn’t get any better, coconut oil can also be used to increase energy. Coconut oil is more likely to be burned as energy than stored as blubber. Try spreading 1 to 2 tbsp onto toast for breakfast or add 1 tablespoon to the water or sports drink you consume for your workout.
Oil-pulling, originating from the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine in India, has recently become a popular trend after research suggested its positive effects on oral health. “The procedure is definitely beneficial, it prevents the accumulation of dental plaque and reduces gingivitis” said Dr. HV Amith, a researcher at the People's College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre and author of a recent study on the topic. Try it out for yourself and swish 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes.