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Friday, February 06th, 2009 | Author:

We are using coconut oil for centuries because of its many benefits. It is a vital source of energy and vitamins and because of these properties; it is also called “Tree of Life”. Coconut oil plays a very significant role in providing balanced and nutritious diet. According to many medical research and studies, it is found that at least 30% of our daily diet should contain fats or oil.

Coconut oil has great benefits when it is used as cooking oil. It generally creates favorable HDL/LDL ratio. Apart from these, there are some more benefits of coconut oil as cooking oil such as it has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiprotozoal properties. For a long time coconut oil had been considered as a harmful product because it contains saturated fat. But by research it has been shown that the saturated fat found in coconut oil is different from other because of its unique structural make-up. And because of this unique structural make-up it is beneficial for our body not harmful. Coconut oil is the highest source of saturated fat and it is also highest source of saturated medium chain triglycerides. These medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is made up of lauric acid, which is the most essential fatty acid required in building and maintaining the body’s immune system.

Apart from cooking oil, coconut oil has many more benefits. Coconut oil is also beneficial in case of weight lose. According to research, it has been found that coconut oil can increase the metabolism rate of a human body and due to which you can burn you fat faster and this leads to the weight loss. Everybody thinks that fat is harmful for body and it gains weight. But in real life fat is an essential need of our body and it is needed for producing hormones and cellular membranes. But the proper burning of the fat is also important. If fat will not burn properly then you are going to gain huge weight and this gets done perfectly with the help of coconut oil.

Other than weight loss, it has some more benefits such as it is used for making products of hair care, skin care and medicines. Coconut oil is widely used as hair oil in most parts of the world. It helps a large in removing the dandruffs from the hair. It also helps in reducing the falling and breaking of hair. Many therapists use coconut oil for body massage also. And sometimes it is used for making medicines also. Apart from these coconut oil is beneficial in many other manners also such as in immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, HIV, bone strength and dental care. Coconut oil is beneficial in all these cases because of the presence of lauric acid, capric acird and caprylic acid in the oil. Coconut oil has some unique properties also such as antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial and antioxidant. All these things together make coconut oil a very important part of our life.

Wednesday, January 07th, 2009 | Author:

We often see that due to blow-drying, coloring, hard brushing, and too much water and sun exposure and sometimes due to bleaching, the outer cuticle of hair gets damaged. The damage can be split ends, coarse, brittle and dry hair, which breaks very easily. The most dangerous one is split ends which means the cuticle is worn away. And sometimes the inner portion, which is called cortex, gets exposed and frayed. You can stop these things just by using a coconut oil as a hair oil or conditioner.

There are many ways of using coconut oil as a hair oil or conditioner. But the best way is to use it just after a shower or bath, when the hair remains wet. This doesn’t mean that the hair should dripping wet. It can be slightly damp or semi wet. It is not necessary that the coconut oil should be in liquid state. If it is in solid state then also it will be effective. Generally coconut oil solidifies at less than 76 degree F. You will have to just spread it throughout the hair not only on the damaged portion. Due to its molecular structure it just penetrates inside the hair shaft.

Coconut oil also plays an important role in dandruff treatment. It helps you to get rid of dandruffs from your hair. Coconut hair oil works great because it is a moisturizer and anti-fungal too. Generally the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) or medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are found largely in coconut oil and these two things have antibacterial, antifungal and ant parasitic properties. Due to these properties, it helps in protecting and nourishing the hair.

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