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12 Benefits That Make Coconut Oil Healthiest
Coconut oil, nature’s richest source of lauric acid is an edible oil, extensively used in tropical countries like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Philippines to name a few. The lauric acid found in coconut oil is useful in combating pathogens, thus assisting in fighting off various disease causing viruses and bacteria.
Cold pressing, machine pressing and manual / bullock pressing are some of the ways of coconut oil extraction. Based on the cultivation, extraction and processing methods, there are normally 6 kinds of coconut oil available in the market, namely pure, refined, organic, virgin, organic virgin and extra virgin coconut oils. Refined coconut oil is best for edible (consumption) and healing purposes since it is clean. Unrefined coconut oil is good for external applications.
Coconut oil contains more than 90% of saturated fats which assimilate well in our system. The main saturated fatty acids are lauric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Linoleic acid makes up the major polyunsaturated fatty acid, while oleic acid is the main monounsaturated fatty acid. Gallic or phenolic acid content in coconut oil gives it its fragrance and taste. Coconut oil also contains Vitamins E and K and iron.
It is advisable to store in containers with tight lids (to keep away insects, rodents) and broad mouths (to scoop out easily if it solidifies). Do not refrigerate. It is not advisable to store coconut oil for too long, since better results will be obtained with fresh oil.
HOW TO CONSUME
For hair care, melt the oil if solid, take the Coconut oil in your palm and apply to hair / scalp.
For internal consumption, use instead of vegetable oils for cooking.
To reduce allergy symptoms, rub coconut oil inside your nostril.
Can be used as a carrier oil for absorption of essential oils / herbal extracts / medicines through the skin.
Rub on dry lips as lip balm.
For gum health, use for oil pulling with a drop of oregano oil.
You need not switch to coconut oil completely for consumption since you might lose out on the benefits of the other oils / dairy products.
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