Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.provides benefits to weight loss, skin and hair care, increased immunity and boosted energy levels whilst also helping to strengthen bones and promoting a healthy digestive system. The human body carries normal levels of a substance called monolaurin. This substance assists in increasing our immune system by warding off many harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Monolaurin levels in coconut oil help improve a compromised immune system while also increasing the body’s proper nourishment and energy levels. Monolaurin derives from our body’s natural production of lauric acid.
The increase in metabolism and thyroid function assists in our body burning fat calories rather than storing them. The presence of medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil allows the rapid digestion of these acids before they reach the intestinal tract whereas other oils contain slow digesting long-chain triglycerides.
Coconut oil’s main component is lauric acid, which is among a group of medium-chain triglycerides in the saturated fat group.
Unfortunately, because of the negative publicity of saturated fats, the superior benefits of coconut oil have been widely overlooked. This vitamin strengthens skin tissue and hair follicles while retaining skin and hairs optimum condition. The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties in coconut oil (lauric and caprylic acid) ward off skin infections such as acne and blemishes as well.
Coconut oil increases our body’s absorption of many beneficial substances such as calcium and magnesium. When these substance levels increase, they promote strong bones and healthy teeth conditioning. the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil help the effects of arthritis by increasing our body’s’ absorption rate.
Microorganisms in the bodies system create infection and secure themselves deep within joint membranes causing damage and creating arthritis. Antibiotics are unable to penetrate deeply enough into joint membranes making these microorganisms immune to antibiotics.
Hair treatment involves massaging two tablespoons into hair and scalp and leaving on overnight followed by a shampoo in the morning. Skin treatment involves massaging the oil onto your face and body as you would a daily moisturizer.
CATHERINE SHALINI RAJA
CARDIO PULMONARY PHYSICAL THERAPIST