Can coconut oil really work wonders on your body?

Everyone is going nuts about coconut oil, but what’s all the fuss about?

Newspapers reported that Miranda Kerr, model and wife of Orlando Bloom, was a fan, consuming as much as four tablespoons a day – and claiming effective weight loss. (Demand for coconut oil consequently went through the roof, though it seems Miss Kerr was misquoted – it’s more like four teaspoons a day.)

But how can a fat help with weight loss?

It appears that the synergistic properties of antioxidants, fatty acids, and other minor fractions present in coconut oil have been shown to regulate the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland and help combat hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and skin/hair/nail disorders.

Furthermore, it appears that coconut oil does not get stored in the body in the same way as other fats. Research on the effects of coconut oil from the 2009 issue of Lipids Journal revealed that ‘it appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity’.

Some researchers using coconut oil with professional sports people have shown dramatic results in body fat loss from 24% to 12% in 4 months from using no other fat burning supplements except coconut oil and a few basic lifestyle changes.

Coconut oil can be used as a topical cosmetic, in cooking and to add nutritional benefits to the diet. It smells and tastes delicious. Whilst coconut nut oil is a saturated fat, its structure means that it is actually far more heat stable than other saturated fats. This basically means that it can be exposed to far higher temperatures before nasty trans fats will start to form.  This means it is a far superior health option for most cooking situations. It can even be spread like butter.

So if you consider that coconut oil can be used instead of olive oil or butter, you can see how it can be viewed as helpful in weight management.

Keep coconut in the bathroom too. 

Coconut oil has been shown to help significantly as a skin conditioner, being rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that penetrate into the underlying tissues.  It can help with the appearance of stretch marks and can help prevent premature ageing of the skin.  Coconut oil absorbs very readily into the skin and keeps it soft but not greasy.  It can be used as an all-over body moisturiser.  It helps to reduce chronic skin dryness and aids the removal of the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin softer and smoother.  The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin.  Organic coconut oil is wonderful to use as a hair conditioner as it softens the hair and conditions the scalp.  Using the oil as a pre-wash conditioner can help combat dandruff.  Coconut oil is famed for its ability to strengthen the structure of damaged, devitalised hair.

It even makes a delicious and effective lip balm.

Raw Organic Coconut Oil from Viridian Nutrition

A premium quality product made by hand in the Philippines as it has been done for hundreds of years. The coconut milk expressed from the freshly harvested coconuts is fermented for 24-36 hours.  During this time, the water separates from the oil.  The oil is then slightly warmed for a short time to remove moisture and is then filtered.  The result is a clear coconut oil/butter that retains the distinctive scent and taste of the coconut.  Many coconut oils are packaged in plastic tubs, Viridian Nutrition protects from light and odour with an attractive dark amber glass jar.

One jar for the kitchen, one for the bathroom and a little one for your handbag.

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