Health & Wellness
9 Proven Benefits of Coconut Oil
It's true—coconut oil is pretty miraculous for your wellness, heart health and beauty. Here's a bunch of benefits of coconut oil!
It Keeps Breakouts Away
Just one tablespoon of coconut oil can help improve your skin’s look and texture. It may also help protect against skin inflammation, which is associated with acne and other skin disturbances, explains Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, author of The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide For Every Runner. Try it out topically with our favorite coconut oil face mask.
It’s Super Heart Healthy
The fix for high cholesterol might be coconut oil. It has tremendous benefits for keeping cholesterol in check! “Coconut oil can increase good cholesterol (HDL),” says Rizzo.
It Strengthens Your Hair
There are benefits of coconut oil for your hair, too. “Research has found that coconut oil can reduce the protein loss in damaged and undamaged hair. Since our hair is exposed to the elements, like sunlight and pollution, this can be helpful in reducing everyday damage,” says Rizzo. To protect your locks, make our 3-ingredient coconut oil hair mask.
It Gets Rid of Makeup Easily
You can take advantage of coconut oil to wipe away makeup in a gentle and effective way. “It does a great job breaking down make up even waterproof mascara and hydrates the skin at the same time,” says Michalczyk. You can keep it on your face without washing with water or wash off with water before going to bed, she says.
It Keeps the Sniffles Away
For people with skin infections caused by bacteria or fungi, coconut oil can help stop the growth of these microorganisms when applied directly to the skin, says Michalczyk.”The lauric acid in coconut oil makes it especially good for fighting harmful organisms like skin bacteria or a fungus,” she says.
In a study that tested the antibacterial properties of 30 types of fatty acids against 20 different strains of bacteria, lauric acid was found to be the most effective at blocking the growth of bacteria! Here are the best foods to eat during flu season.
It Hydrates Your Hair
The essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish your strands. You can apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair for 15-20 minutes to help ease frizz. “It’s a cost-effective way to moisturize your hair while you do other things around the house,” says Michalcyzk. Did you know that a banana hair mask can help with split ends and breakage?
It Might Increase Fat Burning
There’s a reason people on the keto diet add coconut oil to their coffee or use it in baked goods for its fat-burning effects. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and the benefits in coconut oil can boost fat burning, which can aid in weight loss efforts and keep your metabolism high.
It Helps Keep You Full
Since the benefits of coconut oil involve helping the body get into a ketone-burning state, and it’s high in saturated fat and MCTs, it may also fill you up faster and work as an appetite suppressant. In fact, a study found that among 14 men, those who ate the most MCTs at breakfast consumed fewer calories at lunch.