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levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in
vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase LDL levels and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to
arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive
weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it
increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreases, thereby burning more energy and helping obese
and overweight people lose the weight. Hence people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as
their primary cooking oil are normally not fat, obese or overweight.
Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps to improve the
digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including Irritable bowel syndrome.
The saturated fats presents in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi
and parasites that can cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins,
minerals and amino acids.
Healing and Infection
When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust,
air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of
Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral and anti-bacterial properties.
According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes,
SARS and other serious health risks. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections,
pneumonia and gonorrhea, finally coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeasts that cause ringworm,
athlete’s foot, thrush and diaper rash.
II. OTHER BENEFITS
Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of other benefits.
Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those
substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also
preventing accumulation of fat.
Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing Kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.
Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis
Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head,
followed by gentle massage helps to eliminate mental fatigue.
Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the
effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
Bones: As mentioned earlier coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include
calcium and magnesium which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, coconut oil is very useful to women
who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.