Everyone has gone coconut crazy recently. There are so many coconut products out there, from coconut water, milk, rice, yogurt, ice-cream, flakes, oil and a heap more!
With so many products available, we thought we would focus on one of the more diverse products to come from this craze, coconut oil.
What exactly is it??
When you buy coconut oil from us it will be white and solid because it is at room temperature but will melt into clear oil. Using coconut oil can be a little funny at first because unlike other oils it changes form, but not to worry it is fine to reheat the oil after it solidifies again between uses.
You might have heard some negative things about coconut oil of late, but current research has confirmed that it does indeed have many diverse health advantages! Whether you are looking to lose weight, get added nutritional value in your diet or use on your body- this is one fantastic oil.
Weight loss, de-bloating & healthy fats
Coconut oil is made from the meat of coconut, which contains MCFA’s (medium chain fatty acids). These fats behave differently to other fats and the good news? It helps with weight loss. The body metabolises the coconut oil fats in the liver where they can be quickly used for energy or turned into ketone bodies…therefore less likely to be stored as fat! Woohoo! If that wasn’t good enough- these fats also aid the digestion process, which make you feel less bloated and protect the body from insulin resistance.
If you suffer from high cholesterol levels then coconut oil may be a good oil supplement for you!
Lauric acid is a type of fatty acid found in coconut oil. It has been shown to increase the good HDL cholesterol in the blood, which helps improve the cholesterol levels in the body.
What’s more, coconut oil helps the thyroid to be restored to its optimal level of functioning, which is great because when your thyroid is not functioning optimally it can lead to higher levels of bad cholesterol.
Softens fine lines
Coconut oil can be used on your skin too! Because of its hydrating nature, coconut oil helps the connective tissues in the skin remain strong, which softens the appearance of fine lines and gives your skin a healthy glow.
Additionally, coconut oil can be used as a natural skin cleanser because it does not contain petroleum byproducts.
A natural hair mask! Coconut oil protects hair follicles, because of its high amount of vitamin E. Apply a small dollop (slightly melted) into your hand and quickly work through your hair. Pin/tie you hair up, pop on a shower-cap, sleep overnight and wash your hair in the morning. The result? Your hair will have more shine and less frizz. Happy days!
It’s pretty clear we have gone coco-loco for coconut oil! If you want to go a little loco too, head down to Peaches today and grab a jar for yourself!