Coconut oil contains high levels of antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid.
Virgin Coconut Oil is especially useful in fighting free-radicals, because it is unrefined and hasn't been stripped of any of its natural components through the refining process. Coconut oil is an ingredient of an ideal ointment for the relief of dry, rough and wrinkled skin. It also helps to treat various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
Coconut oil is also supposed to be helpful in treating pancreatitis.
Coconut oil strengthens immunity of the body as it has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties due to its antimicrobial lipid content. It is a good source of lauric acid that converted in to monolaurin in the body which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria that responsible for disease.
Coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS according to the Coconut Research Center. Also, it kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. It effectively treats fungi and yeast infections like candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.
It produces a chemical layer after application on infections and so protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. It is most effective on bruises as it hastens the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.
Medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids of coconut oil helps to prevent liver diseases as these substances are easily converted into energy on reaching to the liver, so reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.
It helps to stop kidney and gall bladder diseases. Kidney stones may also be removed with the help of this oil as it helps to dissolve this.
- Dental Care:
Calcium is an important mineral present in teeth. Coconut oil helps to prevent tooth decay and also makes strong teeth as it facilitates the absorption of calcium by the body.
- HIV and Cancer:
It is assumed that coconut oil plays an essential role in decreasing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients.
Coconut oil enhances the secretion of insulin and controls blood sugar level. Also, it helps in effective consumption of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
Coconut oil improves the ability of body to absorb important minerals like calcium and magnesium. These minerals are necessary for development of bones. So it is very helpful to women who are inclined to osteoporosis after middle age.
Athletes and body builders also prefer this oil as it contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily transformed into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Also, it helps in increasing energy and endurance, and improves the performance of athletes.