Traditional healers hold the coconut in such high regard that the coconut is commonly given the title "Tree of Life" in the Philippines. Coconut oil works wonders for burns, cuts, bruises, and speeds the healing while it fights infection. Coconut oil forms a protective barrier to hold in moisture also penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple. Coconut oil is readily absorbed into the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother. Coconut oil is used to treat dry and damaged hair and as a lathering ingredient for natural shampoos and soaps.
Coconut oil can be used to fry foods, make a healthier mayonnaise, and used in baking. When you make pastries, substitute 50% coconut oil for whatever fat is recommended. There is no mistaking the wonderful benefits of coconut oil, however there is no little controversy on how coconut oil effects a heart healthy diet.
There are numerous claims that adding coconut oil to your diet increases energy, balances hormones, and stimulates the thyroid gland. The cholesterol-lowering properties of coconut oil are linked directly to this ability to stimulate thyroid function. Coconut oil raises your metabolic rate, helping to release energy and promote weight loss. Researchers believe that coconut oil is different from other saturated fats because it is composed of medium-chain fatty acids. Try coconut oil for yourself, with an open mind, to see what effects it has for you.