You probably already know that coconuts taste delicious but are you aware of the many amazing benefits this fruit offers to our health? Pacific Islanders refer to the palm tree as “The Tree of Life,” believing that coconuts are the cure for all illness. There is little doubt that they have a nearly magical effect on the body, inside and out. Here is a look at a few of the great benefits of coconut.
An energizing, refreshing drink
Coconut water is not only a wonderful way to rehydrate, its clear sweet liquid offers nearly instant re-vitalizing properties providing a burst of energy and even a mind that is more focused. It filled with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and phyto-hormones, while the electrolyte levels found in the coconut are similar to what is found in human plasma. Coconut water has even been used for plasma transfusions.
Eating coconut provides a great boost to the immunity system with antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties. Consuming coconut in any of its forms can be used against illnesses like influenza, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, giardia and many others caused by microbials.
Lowering cholesterol levels
There has been some false information passed around in regard to coconuts being high in cholesterol, but this is only a myth. While it is high in saturated fat, it is a Lauric Acid which is a type of fat that is easily absorbed by the body and used instantly as energy – it even lowers cholesterol, lessening the chances of heart disease.
The oil can be purchased at health food stores and is considered the best when it comes to cooking oils. It remains stable at high heats, retaining all of its many health benefits and adds a delicious taste to food.
Coconut oil also provides magical benefits to the skin and hair. It’s been used to help skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema and is excellent as a moisturizer.
The oil is renowned for its effects on the hair, helping it to become more healthy, shiny and lustrous. It works as an excellent treatment for dry hair by leaving it on overnight and washing it out in the morning.
Coconuts not only have magical benefits, but coming directly from the earth there are no worries of ingesting or absorbing harmful chemicals and toxins. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Have you tried coconut products? What are your favorites?
– The Alternative Daily