Coconut oil is the super-food of the 21st century and no one can deny its benefits to health. It is a particularly nutritious ingredient in the vegetarian and raw-vegan diet. Being a non-allergenic oil, it can also be eaten by children even at an early age.
Moreover, it has multiple uses as a base in cosmetics, recipes prepared at home or in laboratories. Like other oils, coconut oil can be found in different types: extra virgin, cold pressed, hot pressed, physically refined, and chemically refined.
Why is coconut oil so healthy?
Coconut oil is the only vegetable oil that has a high concentration of saturated fatty acids that can cause a lot of positive, beneficial health reactions. They quickly assimilate into the body and turn into energy, which is why coconut oil is recommended for people who want to lose weight and those who do sports.
It contains 10% less calories than other vegetable fats and more, this oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats, almost 90% of the coconut fatty acids being saturated. Fatty acids may have therapeutic effects on brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
In addition, coconut oil lowers cholesterol, stimulates the immune system by polyphenols and natural antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, vitamin K, iron and calcium, regulates metabolism and digestion and, among other things, helps to have healthy and shiny hair and skin when choosing to use it as a cosmetic ingredient.
It also protects against harmful ultraviolet rays when stretched on the skin before exposure to the sun. And very interesting, many midwives use it to massage the baby’s skin.
How do we use coconut oil?
Coconut oil can be used successfully in the kitchen as well as in cosmetics. Can be eaten, cooked, put in salads, in cakes, is a good super-food on bread.
As for cosmetics, there are many uses. In the old Sanskrit documents, the coconut palm is called kalpa vriksha or the tree of life. Like then, and now every piece of palm tree that reaches up to 30 meters tall is used.
From the flower and the fruit, the palm gives oil, butter, water and sugar. From the root, trunk, walnut and leaves, locals still get ropes, tissue fibers, dyes, insulation material, fertilizer and wood for furniture.
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