A few of the benefits of ingesting this healthy fat that have been verified by medical studies include: lowering cholesterol by increasing HDL levels which promotes heart health, reducing high blood pressure, boosting immunity, aiding in digestion and supporting digestive issues, supporting brain health and reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, curing urinary tract and kidney infections, protecting the liver, reducing the effects of arthritis, and having a number of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies also suggest that ingesting it can slow cancer growth and aid patients in recovery. It has also been shown to aid in weight loss, help build muscle, increase endurance and increase energy. There are ongoing studies which may reveal even more benefits of and uses for this incredible plant. While these benefits would be reason enough to keep coconut oil on hand this amazing oil can be used externally as well!
Putting coconut oil on your hair increases its strength and luxuriousness, oil pulling with coconut oil decreases tooth decay and increases gum health, mixing it with baking soda makes a whitening and chemical free toothpaste, it can reduce acne and heal a number of skin malaItdies. This oil can even be used as a sunscreen and moisturizer too! The benefits to your body are so great, but the utility of this oil doesn’t stop there! It can also be used in household cleaning products, to remove spots and stains on your carpet or upholstery or to clean your shower!
Coconut oil is now widely available, but for internal use it is best to purchase oil that is organic and extra virgin. This means that it has been processed at a lower temperature and maintains its healthful properties. If your main use is going to be cleaning products for your home, then spending less money on a, possibly, lower quality oil isn’t going to matter as much.