Is coconut a fruit, nut or seed?
Many people ask this question, and the answer is all three!
Described botanically, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe, also known as a dry drupe.
However, when using basic loose definitions, the great coconut can be defined as all three: a fruit, a seed, and a nut.
Coconut oil and health benefits are many.
Modern medicine is only beginning to fully understand and recognize the benefits of this incredible substance, alternative health care practitioners are saying this oil is the most versatile natural oil on the market today.
The cultures that have utilized coconut oil for health benefits show healthier, better radiance to their skin, hair and nails, and feel overall more energetic.
The benefits of coconut oil:
- Supports your immune system
- Increases digestion
- Promotes lean body mass
- Helps control blood sugar
- Heart Health is improved
- Fat-soluble vitamins are more easily absorbed
- Better functioning thyroid, helping increase your metabolism
- Your body is encouraged to use fat for energy rather than storing.
- Your hair and skin benefits when applied topically.
- Coconut oil has been found to have anti-aging and regenerative effects on your skin.
Using coconut oil as part of your regular diet will help you restore your body’s thyroid function and health.
The oil helps assist cells and systems of your body that help regulate and produce hormones throughout your body.
Your body can easily metabolize coconut oil making it a great long lasting source of energy.
Many people use coconut oil as a caffeine- like boost leaving out the negative side effects like high blood pressure and or headaches from crashing.
Coconut oil is a great way to stay energized all day long, keeping you active while keeping the hunger pangs away.
The powerful gastrointestinal antioxidant elements, in the coconut, as well as the anti-inflammatory benefits, make coconut oil a great way to help keep your stomach, balanced and regulated, making digestion easier as well as helping the body to fully absorb and utilize all important nutrients digested.
When coconut oil is taken with meals, it has been shown to help the absorption of amino acids, vitamins, proteins and minerals.
The Journal of Nutrition found in a recent study; coconut oil helps to greatly increase and boost metabolism levels.
If you want to lose weight and want to burn more fat, coconut oil has been found to help burn fat by creating the highest of metabolism levels in the body.
Researchers have found that just two tablespoons of coconut oil each day in your diet resulted in more fat burning and higher levels of metabolism than in those who do not consume coconut oil.
An increase in metabolism helps burn excess weight in a healthy way.
Coconut oil is high in fatty acids and good fats. It is known that these fatty acids and good fats help to nourish the brain, as well as improve brain function.
Though research is ongoing and not conclusive, some see coconut oil as being a potential cure for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, anxiety, and depression.
Coconut oil has long been used for dry, wrinkled, cracked and irritated skin. Because of its high content of fatty acids and natural oils, it quickly absorbs into your skin and soaks deep into all layers.
It has been used to help prevent stretch marks, and it is known for its antiseptic properties, helping your skin look and feel young and healthy giving it a beautiful radiance. It’s all I’ve ever needed for a very long time now, and my skin is great because of it.
Coconut Oil For Cooking
Other oils based from seeds, vegetable and nuts do not have a high smoking point.
Coconut oil can tolerate a high heat better than other oils and will not become rancid or oxidize at higher temperatures the way most other oils will.
This means more nutrients will remain in your food with fewer toxins.
I have replaced all my cooking oils with coconut oil, and I have gone so far as to replace all my butter needs with coconut oil. Coconut Oil has less saturated fat than butter and is much healthier overall.
Juicing fruit for a smoothie and adding coconut to the mix is another great way to utilize coconut.
The taste is magnificent and the health benefits are supreme.
Coconut Oil Hair Benefits
What to do:
For damaged hair, use coconut oil to help reduce protein loss.
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which has a liking for hair protein, and which can easily penetrate the hair shaft.
Because its low molecular weight, coconut oil can easily and deeply penetrate the hair shaft.
There’s a good reason why so many conditioners contain coconut oil; it’s better able to deeply penetrate hair and has been also known to prevent hair loss.
- Apply a teaspoon of coconut oil to your hair, by warming it first, then comb it through.
- Place your hair into a loose, comfortable bun, or braid into a loose fitting braid.
- Do this at night time so you can leave in your hair overnight to allow deep conditioning.
- Place a towel over your pillow to protect it.
- You can also use a shower cap if you don’t want your hair to be in contact with your pillow.
- When you shower in the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle shampoo cleanser.
Your hair will look and feel amazing!
Which coconut oil is best?
There is refined versus unrefined coconut oil.
Refined Coconut Oil
Hazardous bacteria and pathogens are a possibility when purchasing refined coconut oil. This oil is extracted from the already dried ‘meat’ of the coconut.
The meat of the coconut is manufactured in the open air, which makes it susceptible to pathogens, which then leads to a manufacturing method known as “bleaching”.
This method, known as “bleaching” is a certain type of clay, used to filter out its impurities.
Refined coconut oil is not an unhealthy choice, as it still provides excellent fatty acids, but the quality is compromised and nutrients are not the same as unrefined coconut oil.
Be cautious when buying refined coconut oil. Avoid purchasing coconut oil that uses harsh solvents or are made with oil byproducts such as dried coconut flakes. There are refined coconut oils that use chemical free methods of manufacturing.
But, if you’re going to purchase a coconut oil product, why not buy the better manufacturing method, and know you’re getting the best.
Unrefined Coconut Oil
This type of coconut oil is directly extracted from the meat and is not dried.
After extraction, the unrefined coconut oil is pressed at a low heat and then filtered. The low heat allows it to maintain its biologically active antioxidants and phenol compounds.
The coconut oil is left in its virgin state after pressing, making unrefined coconut oil safe for ingestion; all chemicals, deodorization and bleaching methods are left out, making this type of oil the best for consumption.
Typically, the unrefined coconut oil has a stronger coconut flavor, and its color may be slightly off white in color since bleaching is not used while processing.
The taste is rich, and its texture is smooth. It tastes more like the real thing because it is.
Unrefined coconut oil is not subject to high levels of heat during processing, such as is the refined coconut oil.
The taste and smell of unrefined coconut oil are much truer in flavor than that of refined.
When you buy Organic Coconut Oil, you are purchasing from coconut farms that are not using chemical fertilizers or any pesticides.
Best Coconut to buy
I have used Organic Coconut Oil for many years now.
There are many to choose from and I’ve tried most of them.
I use a great one that stays consistent and reliable each and every time I buy it.
I use it every day for my cooking, baking, stir fry and toast!
I have a bottle in my bathroom, which is solely used for my after shower skin conditioner, and weekly deep hair conditioning.
By applying coconut oil to your skin daily, you will increase your skin’s elasticity, as well as nourish it deeply.
Order your bottle today and receive this to your home in a short amount of time. You will soon be benefiting from this great Organic Coconut Oil and using it for all its great purposes.