One Of The Best Caribbean Super Foods: Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has a saturated fat content of 90%, which may not sound like good news. However it has so many benefits that it’s grown very popular in the recent years. Coconut oil can be used to do everything from supporting weight loss to slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease! You can use it for cooking, and it can also be found in sweets, shampoos, coffee and smoothies.
Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk! In tropical countries, before formula was available, it was often fed to babies for this reason. It contains specific fats that support the body’s natural hormone production. It’s can also be good for your hair.
Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
There are several health benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil is used in skin and hair care, weight loss and can even be used to treat some medical illnesses. Let’s explore some of them.
Hair and Skin Care – Coconut oil adds shine and length to hair. It also reduces protein loss which over time can lead to unhealthy hair and can be used to restore damaged hair. It is used in the manufacturing of hair products such as conditioners and dandruff creams. You can apply coconut oil directly to your hair.
You can also massage it into your skin. Coconut oil is helpful in treating skin diseases such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
Improves Immunity – Coconut oil is used to strengthen the body’s immunity as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid and capric acid among other properties which are useful antibacterials and antifungals.
Boosts Digestion – Coconut oil can be used to prevent various digestion issues. The saturated fats in the oil are useful in dealing with parasites and fungi for example. It aids in the absorption in vitamins and minerals.
Diabetes – Coconut oil can be used to regulate blood sugar and improve the secretion of insulin.
You might think warm-tasting, deep, rich chocolate when you think of cocoa, and in one way, you’d be right – cocoa is used to make chocolate. But did you know that there is a sweet pulp wrapping over each of the cocoa seeds? This is sweet, tangy and citrussy!
Cocoa is rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorous and manganese, as well as potassium, zinc and selenium.
To get the benefits, you can eat chocolate, add cocoa powder to drinks, use natural cocoa butter on your skin, and more. But if you’re ingesting your cocoa, make sure you don’t have too much sugar and dairy in it – otherwise it makes it super unhealthy.
Health Benefits Of Cocoa
Lowers High Blood Pressure – Cocoa is used to lower blood pressure and improve the elasticity of blood vessels. This is due to the antioxidants found in cocoa. It is believed that cocoa contains more antioxidants than black and green tea and even red wine.
Improves Brain Health – Cocoa aids in the maintenance of a healthy brain and can improve learning, memory and thinking skills.
Balances Cholesterol Levels – Cocoa has been known to reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol; and reduce triglycerides and glucose.
Manages Obesity – Cocoa can prevent obesity by moderating one’s metabolism and reducing the transport of fatty acids.
Treats Constipation – Consuming cocoa husks can aid in treating constipation and other disorders of the bowels. Frequent consumption of cocoa also increases bowel movement without any side effects.