Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits
Because coconut oil is versatile, you can use it in many ways. It's not just a food that you can eat for health benefits, but also a great skin care product for your skin.
When you use coconut oil as food, you improve your internal health. As the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil feed your cells, your metabolism increases. Stepping up of metabolism has various benefits. It helps to improve the healing of cells, tissues and organs inside your body. It helps to burn calories to generate more heat to raise your immunity.
Speaking of burning calories, coconut oil does not just burn calories, it helps to pull out your fat reserve and burn them off as well. That's why when farmers feed their livestock with coconut oil thinking that coconut oil is after all an oil just like others, these animals shrink in size.
That's not all. Every second our body is invaded by creepy intruders which are invisible to our bare eyes such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. Relying solely on our immune system can be taxing over the long run. The antimicrobial fatty acids come in handy as they help to wipe out those microbes and relieve our immune system.
Now that's one of the greatest uses of coconut oil – food that benefits our health a great deal. Next, when you start applying coconut oil to your skin, which is the external layer that protects our body, it helps to prevent loss of moisture. Because it is also antimicrobial, it keeps harmful germs on your skin at bay while promoting friendly germs.
Also, due to its about 90% saturated fatty acid content, you can use coconut oil as a sunscreen. It does not actually block the UV from the sun, but instead, it helps to stop the free radicals from rampaging in and on your skin that will cause destructive damages to your connective fibers. Connective fibers are what that hold our skin firmly. When they collapse, your skin will sag and wrinkle. This also makes coconut oil a wonderful anti-aging product.
These uses and benefits of coconut oil are not exhaustive as each one of us would definitely discover more other uses and benefits when we use it. So, explore and you'll find more wonderful uses and benefits of coconut oil that you can share.