Coconut Oil: Nature’s Answer to Just About Everything

FeatureAfrica Studio / Shutterstock[content-ad-1]The number of things coconut oil can be used for is endless. It can be used in the kitchen, as part of your beauty routine or as a cleaning aid. Perhaps most importantly, coconut oil is somewhat of a miracle when it comes to health. Here are 8 amazing health benefits of coconut oil:

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Cancer Protection and Defense

Coconut oil is said to prevent cancer since it’s a saturated fat (which is less likely than unsaturated fats to form cancer-causing chemicals when ingested). It’s also been shown to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Perhaps most noteworthy, though, is that in a 2013 study researchers found that lauric acid, a medium-chained fatty acid, killed over 93% of colon cancer cells. Interestingly, lauric acid makes up about 50% of coconut oil. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that coconut oil is a cancer-fighting miracle, but it definitely shows potential.

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Treats Inflammation

Virgin coconut oil has been shown to have many anti-inflammatory effects. For centuries, people have been using it to treat sunburns, insect bites, eczema and other inflammatory conditions. A 2014 study even found that it reduced the inflammation associated with arthritis. What makes coconut oil so special? Well, it contains powerful anti-oxidants (which disrupt the inflammatory process and are rarely found elsewhere).  The best thing about these natural antioxidants is that they don’t come with the annoying side effects of prescription drugs.

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Prevent and Treats Acne

Some people swear by coconut oil to give their skin that special glow. It’s understandable since the oil contains Vitamin E (a hormone-regulator) along with many healing and infection-fighting properties (namely lauric and capric acid). This makes it versatile in both preventing and treating acne. Coconut oil prevents acne by moisturizing the skin, unclogging pores, balancing hormones and killing acne-causing infections. It treats acne through its anti-inflammatory properties and by reducing the look of acne scars. It’s a winner in the fight against acne since it’s a lot cheaper than the treatments you can find in the drug store and also a lot safer (no harsh chemicals)!

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