• Lucia De Rosa

Coconut oil, its multiuses, pros and cons

Updated: May 20

For decades known and used in tropical countries such as India and Thailand in various fields, its properties are known in cosmetics for its incredible moisturizing properties, being rich in vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and anti-wrinkle but, do you think you can use only in the field of beauty? You will be surprised to know that its uses can be extended to other areas as well. Yes, coconut oil has a myriad of uses, it can help in the kitchen area, in the home space, in personal care (which is not necessarily only and exclusively the aesthetic one) sometimes it is enough to open a little more your mental schemes to know that even for verruche for example you do not have to use only and exclusively a medicine that has been produced for that, in the Middle Ages there were not so many specific products to use each one in a particular field.

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But let's see for a moment what is the main ingredient from which coconut oil is composed;

fifty percent of its composition comes from lauric acid, a component also present in breast milk, which has a strong antibacterial and antifungal function.

This oil is formed by a medium chain of fats and for this reason it can also be used in culinary field, considering that as opposed to seed oil it is more easily digestible. In fact, coconut oil has the power to densify at low temperatures while it can become liquid at high temperatures, thanks to its composition can be used instead of the classic frying oil, or instead of margarine to make baked goods and cakes, it is also true that it has a high presence of fats but,

OW! ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about good fats and that among other things lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and favor the good one (HDL).

Curious to know in what other cases you can use coconut oil?

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Fantastic, then sit comfortably because it is amazing how wide is the panorama that it embarks, you can use it as an antifungal for nails or applied to specific areas of the body in case you have the doubt of being able to contract a mycosis after being in environments with a strong presence of bacteria; in addition to being an excellent moisturizer for the skin as we said earlier, can also be used as a mask for dry hair, in fact, applied by way as a mask on the hair and left to act ten minutes before the shower, helps to give moisture, shine and strength to damaged hair; since the coconut oil is characterized by an excellent re-epithelizing function helps to prevent or treat, in case they are already present dermatitis and eczema, having a strong antibacterial function is great to apply on insect bites, herpes labialis, pimples, and you will be surprised to know that combined with baking soda can be used as a teeth whitener in case you run out of mouthwash, but that's not all; for domestic use coconut oil is useful and certainly less toxic to use to polish furniture and shoes; moreover the Italian scientist Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute and professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has published that in our diet need 40 ml of coconut oil to prevent and combat early dementia including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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Cons:

There aren't actually many issues than the fact that being quite caloric it's probably not recommended in case of a low-calorie diet;


Pros:

Apart from all the functions listed there is to emphasize that it is an excellent antioxidant, certainly it is recommended to use an extra virgin coconut oil with Bio certification

(if it was cold pressed it would be even better) in cuisine, also because it has been found that it is able to help strengthen the intestinal flora. Another advantage is that it is very resistant to external agents, so it can resist up to six months at high temperatures without going rancid and altering its active ingredients and functionality.


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*The information provided is for informational purposes only and can not replace in any case the advice of a licensed physician (i.e. a medical graduate licensed to practice) or, in specific cases, other health professionals (dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and so on). *



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