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Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil at Home
By Dmitri Breakston   |  Feb 19, 2015

It is hard to control everything that has an impact on our health. What we actually can control is the products we eat and consume every day. In this article we would like to talk about coconut oil, the product that has attracted many serious studies and is believed to possess dozens of effects beneficial for our health. Populations that have a diet rich in coconut oil tend to be in good health, and stay away from many of modern diseases, torturing western nations. It would be harsh to claim that coconut oil is a perfect universal product on its own, but there is enough witness that it is a great asset for anyone who strives for better life. Here are just some of the effects attributed to coconut oil.

Virgin coconut oil for skin health

As skin diseases become more common throughout the world, people look for alternative ways to solve the problem. There has been evidence that virgin coconut oil is able to help many skin problems. For instance, people suffering from skin yeast infections have given positive reports, and there is a research showing the MCTs contained in coconut oil kill yeast infections. Apparently we can say that coconut oil could be one of the main reasons people living in tropical countries can spend extensive time in the sun without suffering from skin cancer. Coconut oil has amazing antioxidant properties protecting the skin from free radical damage. Also, when used topically on skin, coconut oil helps our bodies absorb other nutrients, such as Vitamin E, another great antioxidant nutrient protecting the skin, in a more effective way.

Resisting diabetes

Although it would be too optimistic to claim coconut oil is a heal-all remedy for diabetes, studies that were carried out in India and some Pacific countries showed that having the saturated fats of coconut oil in the diet reduces the chances of the disease. A study made at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia in 2009 showed that a diet including plenty of coconut oil fights against ‘insulin resistance’ (an impaired ability of cells to respond to insulin) in fat and muscle. Having in mind that insulin resistance and obesity are the main reasons for the development of Type 2 diabetes, using coconut oil makes good sense.

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