Until recently it was largely thought that saturated fats were bad for us. However, this health advice was mainly about saturated animal fats. Coconut oil is a plant-based saturated fat that is now widely considered to have health-giving properties. People across the world, particularly in the Pacific islands, for instance, have been using it for generations without any apparent adverse side effects. People interested in their nutritional health are increasingly using coconut oil as a healthy alternative to highly processed products. Many of these people believe strongly in the benefits of coconut oil.

Some people with a underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, use coconut oil to help boost the metabolism and give themselves more energy. Others, even those with ordinary thyroid function, believe coconut oil has helped them to lose weight which they would otherwise have found difficult to shift. It has fewer calories than other fats too. Coconut oil is also thought to have anti-aging properties and immune system boosting benefits. It can also help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol and cut high blood pressure.

Other potential health benefits of coconut oil include an improved digestive system and enhanced absorption of nutrition. These properties make coconut oil beneficial for people with Crohn's Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Urinary tract infections, kidney stones as well as menopausal and pre-menstrual symptoms can also be alleviated with the use of coconut oil. It may also help to stabilize diabetes and prevent osteoporosis.

A reduction in the risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases are also thought probable health improvements reaped from using coconut oil. Anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal infection prevention is another potential health boost provided by coconut oil. It can also help to cut asthmatic symptoms.

Use two or three tablespoons of coconut oil each day in your diet to start reaping the benefits of this natural fat. It is a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals and helps the body to absorb calcium and magnesium, thereby supporting strong teeth and bones. It can easily be used for stir-frying, baking, or as a spread on toast.

As well as using coconut oil in your diet, you can use it to help keep up the outward appearance of your body by applying it externally. It is wonderful as a natural moisturizer when rubbed liberally into the skin after a bath or shower. Eczema sufferers, and those with other skin conditions, find coconut oil can help clear up these problems. 

Coconut oil can also be rubbed into wounds and cuts to prevent infections. Some people condition their hair with it. It can also be used to get rid of dandruff, or other dry-scalp conditions. These outer benefits of coconut oil help contribute toward its increasing popularity among those interested in natural health-boosting products.

A Traditional Coconut Oil Mill
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