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Benefits of Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

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I discovered the benefits & therapeutic qualities of virgin coconut oil recently. My daily regimen now includes a dose of this miracle oil.

Is the efficacy of coconut oil a fact, hype, or myth?

Out of curiosity, and being a fan of anything naturally therapeutic, I decided to carry out some research on this so-called 'miracle oil' and find out what it's about.

What I discovered about coconut oil is amazing. This has made me realise the importance of introducing this natural oil into my daily regimen.

Therapeutic qualities of virgin coconut oil.

Therapeutic qualities of virgin coconut oil.

Coconut Tree - Fruit, Milk, and Other by Products

I discovered the benefits and therapeutic qualities of coconut oil a few years ago. Before then, all I knew about coconuts was that their flesh tastes great and it is used in many food products like cakes, candy, chocolates, cookies, and soups. I also knew that coconut water is a refreshing drink and good for oral rehydration therapy (ORT). And its milk? I used it for my favourite dish, frejon, a delicious coconut bean soup of Brazilian origin which we ate on Good Fridays.

Then, there are the fronds; by-products used for building materials in rural areas, and coconut husks which is used to make things like floor mats, brushes, cooking 'fuel', and building material components. Quite a lot, but not as awesome as what I soon discovered about cold-pressed coconut oil.

There is more to the coconut fruit than most people will ever believe.

There is more to the coconut fruit than most people will ever believe.

Coconut Oil – Health and Restorative Benefits

Although coconut oil had been used for frying, cooking, and, skin and hair care for centuries, it is doubtful that the natives who used the oil way back then realised its therapeutic benefits. But then, we may never be a hundred per cent certain. Many schools of thought believe that they indeed knew its healing and therapeutic qualities, some of which modern man may not have rediscovered.

According to the Coconut Research Centre, a not-for-profit organization in Sri Lanka, coconut oil is at its best therapeutically, when the oil is extracted through a process called cold-pressing. Cold-pressed coconut oil is described as virgin oil and is clear and colourless.

This clear oil with a subtly sweet smell can guard against certain common health conditions. It can also alleviate (and even cure) many other diseases and disorders. Fifty-one of them are listed here:

  1. Immune system booster.
  2. Boosts the production of insulin in Type2 diabetes patients.
  3. Good for brain health.
  4. Gives you good cholesterol and improves its ratio, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease.
  5. Treats abscesses and boils when used as an oil-pulling compound.
  6. Helps to prevent nausea, especially in pregnant women.
  7. Treats scabies and other skin diseases.
  8. Protects against some kidney diseases, dissolves kidney stones, and prevents bladder infections.
  9. Treats jaundice and helps eradicate the symptoms of the disease by treating the problem at its root which is the liver.
  10. Possesses antioxidant properties that inhibit oxidation.
  11. Shrinks moles and warts and other similar skin growths.
  12. Treats psoriasis, a common skin condition that abnormally speeds up the life cycle of skin cells.
  13. Great for the skin. Virgin coconut oil also promotes nail and hair growth.
  14. Boosts energy and increases endurance, especially for athletes and exercise enthusiasts.
  15. Good for oil pulling (an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique used to draw out toxins from the mouth).
  16. Possesses teeth-whitening properties and is also beneficial for gum health.
  17. Reduces problems associated with cystic fibrosis.
  18. Improves bowel and digestive functions.
  19. Its use reduces the risk of heart disease.
  20. Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  21. Supports thyroid functions.
  22. Increases the body's metabolic rate.
  23. Treatment for baldness and hair thinning, common among middle-aged individuals.
  24. Great for wound healing, scratches, and bruises because of its tissue repair properties.
  25. Alleviates irregular and painful menstruation.

26. Kills and prevents hair lice in humans and pets.

27. Kills viruses associated with herpes, influenza, and measles in children.

28. Kills bacteria that cause urinary tract infection (UTI).

29. Treats ringworm, diaper rash in babies, and thrush.

30. Reduces the symptoms of pancreatitis, a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed.

31. Helps in the development of strong bones and teeth.

32. Protects against osteoporosis.

33. Helps to prevent tooth decay and helps to clears halitosis.

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34. Prevents harmful free radicals that promote degenerative diseases in the elderly.

35. Reduces epileptic seizures.

36. Helps to prevent obesity and excessive weight gain.

37. Cures arthritis (the risk of this disorder increases as we grow older).

38. Has miraculous brain healing abilities that can reverse Alzheimer's disease and prevent the onset of dementia.

39. Fights many neurological and neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

40. Will prevent the onset of dementia if taken regularly, from the age of fifty.

41. Coconut oil cures genital herpes.

42. Cures shingles, a painful acute inflammation of the nerve ganglia.

43. Treats mild and severe acid re-flux.

44. Treats and clears eczema.

45. Helps to heal burns fast and prevents them from developing into blisters.

46. Kills and expels tapeworms.

47. Improves magnesium and calcium absorption in the body.

48. Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.

49. Alleviates pain and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.

50. Virgin coconut oil protects the arteries from the causes of atherosclerosis.

51. Helps to protect the body from the colon, breast, and other forms of cancer, and will remove pre-cancerous skin lesions.

There are numerous success stories from users of cold-pressed coconut oil and they majorly claim that the oil has absolutely no side effects, is non-toxic to humans and animals, and is quite palatable to the taste.

Summed up in one statement this nutritious health food "is the healthiest oil on earth" and if you care to research further on it, you'll find that coconut oil is one item you should endeavor to add to your diet. Just two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil are what most of us require each day.

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