The Surprising Health Benefits Of Coconuts
“Consider the coconut”. By now, very few of us have not eaten, drunk, or worn the extremely popular coconut fruit/nut/seed. Yup, you are hearing it right, coconuts are considered all three! We are far from the days of coconuts only being known for their inclusion in the tropically fun piña colada.
Coconuts are now a staple in our everyday lives, be it in the food we eat, the drinks we like, or the beauty products we wear.
Coconut water, milk, and oil all have their benefits. Today we are going to talk about some surprising health benefits you might not have considered!
Whether you like your coconuts consumed as flakes in your acai bowl or as milk in your coffee, you could be receiving some health benefits you didn’t even know about!
Coconut is a very nutritious source of fat, protein, minerals, and vitamins. Coconuts are especially rich in manganese (benefits bone health and helps metabolize carbs, proteins, and cholesterol), copper and iron (increase red cell count), and selenium (an antioxidant to protect your cells)
The high fiber content of coconut meat may help your body stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down your digestion and improving insulin levels. It is believed that this fiber may target Beta cells in the pancreas to make more insulin.
Coconuts naturally contain several known antioxidants such as gallic acid, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, and salicylic acid. These antioxidants help your body slow down oxidative stress and reduce the risks of several diseases.
Read More: What Is Oxidative Stress?
Coconut oil is a popular ingredient in many beauty products such as moisturizers, conditioners, body scrubs, lip balms, and even deodorants. Coconut oil is an excellent hydration source for our skin, hair, and nails, but coconut oil benefits go beyond just moisture!
All coconut oil contains MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), a type of fat, with natural antimicrobial properties that help with acne, folliculitis, athlete’s foot, and cellulitis that thrive when bacteria and fungi find the perfect environment on our skin – meaning that it is naturally antimicrobial and antifungal.
Dr. Meredith Warner included MCT coconut oil in Well Theory’s CBD Oil Tincture. Typically coconut oil also contains LCTs (long-chain triglycerides), but we only use MCT coconut oil separated from the other LCTs.
What to learn more about MCT coconut oil? Check out this blog: MCT Coconut Oil Vs. Olive Oil.
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