The coconut tree has been called the “Tree of Life” because of its countless usage. Every part has a use, including the fruit, wood, and leaves.
And its fruit, the coconut, is one of the most versatile fruits in terms of usage. It is used for its water, milk, tasty meat, and oil.
Coconut oil is the most useful ingredient inside a coconut, and its benefits have become a hot topic in health and nutrition circles worldwide.
Because of its potential health benefits, The Department of Science and Technology is now looking into how virgin coconut oil could help fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The study aims to assess the possible benefits of virgin coconut oil if given to patients with COVID-19.
While the results of the research have yet to be released, let us discover the wonders that the virgin coconut oil can create.
Powerful Antimicrobial Effects
Lauric acid makes up about 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil.The lauric acid in virgin coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory active properties which can help us fight the symptoms of common cold. VCO also boosts our immune system and improve white blood cell counts to give us a good fight against viral infections.
Contains healthy fatty acids
Coconut oil is high on certain saturated fats. These fats have different effects in the body compared with most other dietary fats.The fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage your body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to your body and brain.They also raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood, which may help reduce heart disease risk.
Boost Heart Health
In some parts of the world, coconut — which is loaded with coconut oil — is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for generations. For example, a 1981 study noted that the population of Tokelau, an island chain in the South Pacific, obtained over 60 percent of their calories from coconuts. Researchers reported not only good overall health but also very low rates of heart disease. Several populations around the world have thrived for generations eating a substantial amount of coconut, and studies have shown that they have healthy hearts.
Protect your Skin, Hair, and Teeth
Coconut oil has many uses that have nothing to do with eating it. Many people use it for cosmetic purposes to improve the health and appearance of their skin. It is also believed to slow the premature aging and wrinkles of your skin. Studies show that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of dry skin and reduce the symptoms of eczema. In addition, coconut oil can effectively help keep hair and nails beautiful, healthy and shiny. It is considered as one of the best natural nutrients for your hair.
Researchers are currently studying the ketogenic diet, which is very low in carbs and high in fats, to treat various disorders. The best known therapeutic use of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children.The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures in children with epilepsy.
Virgin coconut oil may have antioxidant properties. In a rodent study, it appeared to reduce stress resulting from exercise and chronic cold. Researchers believe that virgin coconut oil could be useful in treating some kinds of depression.
A 2017 review discusses the importance of oil pulling for dental health. Oil pulling is a traditional oral treatment. It involves swishing an oil around the oral cavity, in a similar way to the modern mouthwash. Studies have found coconut oil pulling to protect against cavities, improve gingivitis, and influence the oral bacterial balance.
Controlling blood sugar
Findings from a 2009 animal study suggested that MCTs, present in coconut oil, may help preserve insulin sensitivity. The review also listed the specific beneficial health effects of MCT oil, not coconut oil, in 29 studies. However, other investigations have not found the same results. This study on mini pigs, however, looked at an excess calorie, high fat diet that also included hydrogenated fats and high fructose.