Why Coconut Oil?

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Over the past few years, coconut oil has sprung up, claiming spreads in magazine articles and time slots on talk-shows. It’s no wonder this product is considered one of nature’s golden gifts to mankind. With its multi-faceted abilities and overwhelming list of health benefits, you’ll find coconut oil a necessary addition to your hygienic routine – and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this beautifying best friend.
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1. Beautiful Head
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair and is used extensively in the Indian sub-continent for this very purpose. Most of the people in those countries apply coconut oil on their hair every day after bathing or showering. It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. Try massaging your head with coconut oil, and you will notice a dandruff free scalp topped with shiny locks. After a massage or two, you will also find your mental fatigue decreased, as coconut oil also acts as a wonderful de-stressor.
2. Beautiful Body
Coconut oil is also an excellent massage oil for your entire body. Coconut oil is comparable to mineral oil, but without the dangerous side-effects. As this multi-purpose remedy is spread across your body, preventing dryness and flaking of skin, you’ll find it also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
According to www.doctoroz.com, one 2009 study found that women who consumed 30 milliliters (about 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is difficult to lose, and contributes to more heart problems.
3. Beautiful Heart
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. (http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html)
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Be sure to note there are 6 different types of coconut oil: Pure, refined, organic, virgin, organic virgin, and extra virgin
The chart below suggests which type to buy in regards to your intended use according to www.organicfact.net
Purpose————Preferable Type to Buy
Cooking————Refined Coconut Oil
Weight Loss——Virgin Coconut Oil
As a Carrier Oil—Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil
Good Health——Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil
Massaging———Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Hair——————Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Medicinal uses—–Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

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