Due to out of mind out of sight mentality, many forget about foods that are not found in their area. Coconut is usually one of these foods which is really healthy and has many healthy benefits. Let’s look at just a few of them..

Fatty Acids
Coconut is high in healthy saturated fats that have different effects to most other fats you would probably eat in your daily routine. These fats help you burn fat as a fuel source which has much higher energy per gram, but also means you have to maintain proportionality. Too much of any fat would lead to weight gain.

Microorganism Fighter
Due to the lauric acid potency in Coconut it can help kill harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. Many cultures even use Coconut for topical treatment of ailments and not only for eating, while it also helps with Yeast infections and a host of other ailments.

Hunger Reduction & Muscle Mass
Eating plans that include a healthy fat, which Coconut has in abundance, will keep the hungries away. You tend to feel less hungry with more fat in your diet, while it is also reported to help with gaining muscle mass.

Skin, Hair and Teeth
Some people even brush their teeth with Coconut oil to help whiten their teeth. Using Coconut oil topically can help soothe Eczema and helps act as a weak sunscreen. The cosmetic industry uses Coconut oil to help with hair health and skin smoothness.

In Alzheimer patients there appears to be a reduced ability for certain parts of the brain to use glucose for energy, where some speculate that the ketones from Coconut could be used as an alternative energy source for the brain. While the research is in early phases, definitely wouldn’t hurt to add it to your diet.

Healthier Alternative to Olive oil
While olive oil in small amounts is not the worst thing for you, Coconut oil is a great alternative that many are starting to use for cooking. As with any oil, don’t cook at a too hot a temperature to avoid losing all the healthy aspects in the oil.

Coconut is a great natural remedy to many ailments and is a great addition to any eating plan. As with any eating plan balance is required, and a small amount everyday would help you receive health benefits in various ways.

Candice Schmidt
Author: Candice Schmidt