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The benefits of coconut oil in nutrition and beauty care

In the recent years, coconut oil has become a very popular product many women use instead of conventional beauty treatments. Whether you use coconut oil in the kitchen or in your beauty ritual, this unique ingredient helps keep you healthy and beautiful.

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The benefits of coconut oil

1. It treats candidiasis

Coconut oil is a potent ally of the immune system in its fight against bacteria and viruses. Moreover, it has been scientifically proven that coconut oil helps treat fungal infections such as candidiasis.

2. It regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland

Saturated fat found in coconut oil called lauric acid increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL), by transforming bad cholesterol (LDL) cholesterol into pregnenolone, a molecule that aids the production of essential hormones. Because of this property, coconut oil regulates the thyroid gland which is responsible for good metabolism, energy levels and endurance.

3. It stimulates insulin production

Dr. Oz confirms the link between consumption of coconut oil and an increased production of insulin, which regulates blood sugar. In addition, this exotic food improves digestion and helps in the absorption of soluble vitamins.

4. It helps you lose weight

Coconut oil can help you lose weight due to its content of medium triglycerides that help the liver convert fat into energy; this means that the fat consumed is not deposited in the cells.

Dr. Oz also says that belly fat will disappear like magic if you take 2 teaspoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks.

You can find coconut oil in most health stores (it costs around 30 Euro / 250 ml), or you can make it yourself at home, following the instructions in the video below.

The benefits of coconut oil in beauty treatment

Thanks to its high content of vitamin E, coconut oil is excellent for moisturizing and protecting the skin and hair. Look for an organic version without any chemicals added. Coconut oil is great even for babies; you can use it instead of baby oil after a bath.

Antioxidants in coconut oil are an elixir of youth for your body. They maintain the health and elasticity of the tissues as they prevent the oxidation of cells by fighting free radicals.

Discover some simple ways in which you can use coconut oil in your beauty ritual in the video below.