Top 10 Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has become very popular over the years and has been labelled one of the most versatile health foods—for good reason!
Here are the top 10 uses for coconut oil:
Assistance in Weight Loss
Is one of your goals to lose weight and look your best? Well, surprisingly, coconut oil can help you with that endeavour.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids that have the ability to increase the number of calories you burn, known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a weight-loss diet that includes the consumption of MCT oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than olive oil.
Reduces Visceral Fat
As per mentioned, coconut oil has the ability to assist you with losing weight; the multi-useful oil can also assist you with reducing your visceral fat, more commonly known as belly fat.
High levels of visceral fat have been linked to increased health risks, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
A study done by the Universiti Sains Malaysia found that obese men lost 2.54cm from their waist by adding 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to their diets.
Coconut oil is an all-natural sunscreen and sunburn remedy. It protects your skin from the sun’s UV rays, which can cause wrinkling, brown sports and increase your risk of skin cancer.
Keep in mind that coconut oil blocks approximately 20% of the sun’s UV rays, typically sunscreen blocks 90% of UV rays.
If you’re looking for a sunburn remedy, gently rub some coconut oil on to the affected areas, and it will help ease your pain.
Cook Safely at High Temperatures
Coconut oil is one of the best fats for cooking at high temperatures as it contains a high percentage level of saturated fat; approximately 87%.
The reason this feature is so beneficial to high-heat cooking is due to the fact that saturated fats retain their structure when heated at high temperatures, unlike other acids like polyunsaturated fat.
You can use coconut oil in a variety of dishes, but it works particularly well in soups, coconut curries, baked goods and desserts. You can even add a teaspoon to your fruit smoothie for a summery coconut kick.
Skin Moisturiser and Irritation Reliever
Coconut oil absorbs quickly and is non-greasy, making it a great option for nourishing and refreshing your skin.
It can be used as a moisturiser for your legs, arms, elbows and face; though applying it directly to the face is not recommended for those with oily skin.
In fact, a study found that when children with eczema were treated with coconut oil, 47% of participants showcased major improvements.
Natural Makeup Remover
If you’re looking for a better makeup remover than your commercial brand, have you considered coconut oil?
Not only will coconut oil help hydrate the areas around your eyes, it will not sting or irritate your eyes unlike some commercial eye makeup removers.
A small dab of coconut oil can remove eye makeup. It is most effective when wiped off with a warm cloth.
Blood Sugar Stabiliser and Prevents Diabetes
Through the consumption of coconut oil, you can balance your blood sugar levels and decrease your risk of developing diabetes.
The MCTs fats contained in coconut oil can be used as a quick source of energy (without raising your blood sugar levels). In fact, a study found that these fats may be beneficial in preventing obesity and insulin resistance.
Improves Dental Health
Coconut oil is a powerful bacteria fighter, including the bacteria found in your mouth that causes dental plaque and tooth decay.
Instead of rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash, try coconut oil. A study found that coconut oil was just as effective at reducing bacteria (in the mouth) as mouthwash.
Another study found that swishing with coconut oil daily (known as oil pulling) significantly reduced inflammation and plaque in teenagers with inflamed gums.
Gargle one tablespoon of coconut oil first thing in the morning for 10 to 20 minutes. Then after spitting it out, rinse you mouth with sea salt water. Be sure not to swallow the oil, and when you spit it out, spit it into a bin – it will clog your sink after a while.
Everyone at some point in their life has experienced acne. It’s a major issue for teenagers as well as adults.
Acne is commonly caused by a buildup of bacteria on the skin, or an imbalance in oil. Coconut oil can act as a natural antibiotic, killing bacteria that increase the risk of bad breakouts.
Wrinkle and Age Spot Reducer
If you’re looking for a natural way to combat the effects of aging, coconut oil may be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Coconut oil is most effectively used under the eyes. Dab some of it around and under the eyes to assist fighting premature aging. This also helps reduce the dark circles under your eyes.