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Coconut Oil: Magical Stuff

This oil should be your new bestie

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By Hamna Moin

While the entire world is only just realizing the amazing benefits that come from the usage of pure coconut oil, us south Asians have been reaping its goodness for years. From your body’s nutritional to beauty needs, it takes care of all the health gaps that are otherwise neglected due to our unhealthy eating habits. Organic coconut oil can be bought from big stores around the country, health stores or cold pressed by your local tail walla. Here is why you NEED this ingredient in your pantry and on your dressing table this winter.

It energizes your brain

Adding a dash of coconut oil to your coffee or simply drinking a tablespoon in the morning will help supercharge your brain. Coconut Oil has a large quantity of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are easily absorbed by the liver and metabolized quickly to be converted into ketones. And these ketones are the ones that energy to the brain. So, bye-bye memory loss.

It takes care of your heart

The natural saturated fats of coconut oil bump up the healthy cholesterol in your body while also converting ‘bad’ cholesterol into good cholesterol; preventing heart disease and high blood pressure.

It boosts your immune system

Lauric acid  found in coconut oil fights off bacteria, reduces candida and makes it difficult for viruses to survive in your body. When sick, replace sugar and grains in your diet with coconut oil, preferably 1 tablespoon thrice a day plus healthy servings of vegetables. Sugar feeds the growth of bad bacteria whereas coconut oil makes it difficult for this bacteria to survive in your body, serving as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.

It improves digestion and burns calories faster

Not only will consumption show effects in your digestive tract but it will help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium and magnesium. To get the maximum benefit, consume coconut oil with omega-3 fatty acids and fight off stomach ulcers, gallbladder disease and achieve a healthy hormonal balance.

A healthy serving of coconut oil with your meal, used as a calorie replacement rather than addition, will speed up energy creation in your body, burning fat and decreasing appetite, especially concerned with reducing belly fat. The MCFAs that help lose fat are also used in popular muscle building products.

It is an amazing beauty product

Need makeup remover? Use coconut oil.

Need skin moisturizer or protection from the sun? Apply coconut oil.

Dandruff? Massage with coconut oil, 10 drops each morning and watch it wither away while your hair gets thicker.

The anti-oxidant levels of coconut oil help reduce stress on the liver, supporting detoxification and serving as an anti-aging agent.

Weak gums or suffering from a decaying tooth? Apply coconut oil regularly and watch your dental hygiene rise to the best of shapes.

The benefits discussed have been clinically proven and research still continues on the medicinal potential of this miraculous gift of nature. So pick up some virgin coconut oil on your next trip to the market and make it a part of your daily dietary and skin care routine. It’s all natural, simple and extremely affordable!