Benefits of Coconut Oil

Skin and Hair Care

I have been using coconut oil as part of my beauty regimen for  while now.  It is excellent as an after shower moisturizer for those of us with really dry skin.  It can also be used to remove eye makeup.  Coconut oil can be applied to your hair and scalp before shampooing to deep condition and thicken your hair.  Some people say it keeps your hair from turning gray, but mine turned white before I started using it.   A little research can find beneficial ways to combine coconut oil with other ingredients for great skin and hair care.

Diet

There has been some research that ingesting coconut oil has added health benefits of adding good fats to the diet.  It can be added to your morning coffee or used with cooking.  Adding healthy saturated fats to the diet has been show to increase the good cholesterol in the blood, thereby lowering the risk for heart disease.  Since it is known to have antibiotic properties, it has been known to clear up urinary tract infections and boost one’s immune system.

One of the more compelling reasons for taking coconut oil is the research that shows how it can bring back memories to those with Alzheimer’s disease by creating ketones that can be used by the brain for energy.

I have no proof of its benefits for Alzheimer’s disease, but it sure can’t hurt, and so many of the medications given to the elderly with dementia seem to have such bad side effects. I figure it’s worth a chance.

Dental Health

Some people say that a technique called ‘oil pulling’ can be used to decrease bacteria in the mouth, thereby decreasing the risk of periodontal disease.  Oil pulling has also been shown to whiten teeth. With a little research you can find recipes for making a natural toothpaste with coconut oil and baking soda for a healthy, beautiful smile.

There are many other suggested benefits for using coconut oil either in your diet  including helping with arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Give coconut oil a try for your own reasons.  I think you’ll be happy!  And let me know how it helps you!

Blessings and Peace,

Jill

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