About coconut oil
- Coconut oil is an edible oil derived from the kernels, meat, and milk of the coconut palm fruit. It is a white solid fat below around 25 °C, and a clear thin liquid oil in warmer climates. Unrefined varieties have a distinct coconut aroma.
- When applied to your skin, coconut oil may protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which raise your risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkling and brown spots.
- It contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are fatty acids that are quickly absorbed and can increase the number of calories you burn
- It has a very high saturated fat content. In fact, about 87% of its fat is saturated
- This oil can be a powerful weapon against bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria in your mouth that causes dental plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- It improves dermatitis and other skin disorders at least as well as mineral oil and other conventional moisturizers.
- The MCTs in this oil are broken down by your liver and turned into ketones, which can act as an alternative energy source for your brain.
- it’s easy to make your own mayo with this oil
- This oil makes a wonderful moisturizer for your legs, arms, and elbows.
- Virgin coconut oil has antibacterial properties that can help treat infections.
- Coconut oil has been shown to raise cholesterol levels in some people.