As an edible oil it is extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm which is found throughout the tropical regions of the world. Although it is wise to avoid the hydrogenated version of this oil (and all other hydrogenated oils for that matter!). While you can absolutely cook with coconut oil, its benefits can be best experienced in its raw, food grade, expeller pressed and virgin forms when it is overflowing with vitamins and nutrients.
Coconut oil is proven to be:
* Improves nutrient absorption
and can therefore has the ability to promote healing both externally and internally when consumed everyday for health and wellness. Some of the most recent research with coconut oil has come from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Reports of people now showing improving or even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s by using coconut oil. We also now see a lot of reports of coconut oil health benefits from those suffering from hypothryroidism, as coconut oil helps boost metabolism and raise body temperatures to promote thyroid health.
I like to spread coconut oil over my cereal or oatmeal and in smoothies to get my daily dose, which for the average person is 3-4 tbs.
Beyond the kitchen, Coconut oil can be used as a multifaceted body product and moisturizer for everything from Eye Cream to Eczema. It can even be used as a natural deodorant, natural sunscreen and healing agent for cuts and scrapes under the band-aid. When applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil works its magic and speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues.
Whatever way you choose, coconut oil is natural household essential.
Bring even more coconut into your life by choosing coconut milk and ice-cream as healthy vitamin rich non-dairy alternatives.
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