Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, then you have probably heard of coconut oil and all of its amazing health and beauty benefits. But what is it about coconut oil that makes everyone rave endlessly about all of its awesomeness? Well, coconut oil is made up of 90% medium-chain saturated fatty acids. This is a combination of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are easily digested, absorbed, and utilized in the body. These medium-chain fatty acids can also easily cross the blood-brain barrier in the unbound form so that your brain can use it as energy. Coconut oil has also been shown to help slow and prevent the spread of cancer cells, act as an anti-inflammatory, is anti-microbial, rich in antioxidants, improves nutrient absorption, and is non-toxic to humans and animals. Since coconut oil is good for your body, inside and out, here are some easy, at-home DIY health and beauty tricks you can do with coconut oil.
Aids in Weight Loss
If losing those last few pesky pounds has been keeping your spirits low, including coconut oil into your diet plan could help. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have been shown to help break down fat cells more rapidly. While it may seem silly to eat more fat to get rid of fat, the fat from coconut oil is a healthy fat. This healthy fat not only slows and breaks down the absorption of unhealthy fats, it aids in the absorption process of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. You can eat it by the spoonful or add a tablespoon to a smoothie.
Removes Age Spots
Unless you know the exact location of the fountain of youth, there is little you can do about the inevitability of aging. This doesn’t mean that you cannot age beautifully and gracefully, though. Coconut oil can be used as an effective and affordable method of ridding your face and body of age spots. Using organic unrefined coconut oil for daily use or after sun exposure can reduce the appearance of age spots on your face and body. Proper sun protection like sunscreen and hats can reduce the damaging effects sun has on the skin.