In certain cultures and populations, coconut oil has been used to treat a variety of health issues including: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds and flu and associated illnesses including fevers, cough and sore throat, constipation, dysentery, ear-aches, gingivitis, inflammation, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, sexually transmitted diseases, toothaches, tuberculosis, tumors, ulcers, upset stomach, and weakness (1).
Findings from numerous published clinical research studies have recently revealed and suggest that coconut oil has health benefits in the following therapeutic areas:
Anti-aging: It is good for preventing wrinkles and age spots.
Antioxidant source: Coconut oil serves as an antioxidant in that it fights off harmful free radicals that cause anti-aging, certain cancers such as osteoporosis, and inflammation.
Blood sugar: It helps reduce blood glucose levels and reduces the risk of diabetes.
Cardiovascular Health: Coconut oil is good for preventing heart disease. A little known fact about coconut oil is that it contains 50 percent lauric acid, which helps with preventing various heart problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Now, there are some that worry that coconut oil isn't good for heart disease because it has saturated fats, but apparently, the benefits out weigh the concerns.
Digestive health: It aids in digestion and absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, and bowel function.
Energy support: Coconut oil provides a natural boost of energy, enhances endurance and physical performance.
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