What is coconut oil and what are the benefits

It is no surprise that coconut oil is called superfood. But do you know how it is made and what are the difference between different type of coconut oils?

Coconut oil is made of copra. Copra is dried kernel (flesh) of the coconut. It is the white meaty part and coconut milk also comes from this. It can be made with different method: smoke drying, sun drying, or kiln drying , or derivatives or a combination of these three.

When it comes to superfoods, coconut oil presses all the buttons: it’s natural, it’s enticingly exotic, it’s surrounded by health claims. Some of the health claims are explained below

Digestive Help, the fats contained in the oil helps with digestion if put in food or drinks. You can mix coconut oil to your coffee or panfry food ingredients. It is moreover a great fat for cooking that does not break down easily at high temperatures.

Healthy thyroid function, the saturated fat is very good for keeping your thyroid function healthy

Hormone Support, coconut oil contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.

Immune Support, the MCTs (including lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid) have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.

Hair mask, when in the shower, melt your coconut oil. After washing your hair, apply a generous amount of the oil and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. It will give shine and moisturize.

Body oil, apply a just enough amount after getting out of the shower to let it sink into your open pores. To make a massage mix, add a few drops of peppermint or lavender oil.

Lip balm, you can put it into a small plastic container and bring it along with you. It is ultra hydrating.

Under-eye cream, the skin under your eyes is thin and delicate. Patting it underneath your eyes is hydrating your skin and prevent forming fine line.

Makeup remover, massage the coconut oil to your face and let the dirt melt away. Clean it with cotton pad, it will give extra hydration instead of making your skin dry like other face cleanser.

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