It’s Coconut Oil!
Now, coconuts can be pretty yummy themselves, and a definite fave in baking, but unless you’re as groovy as “The Professor,” I’m not sure you’re gonna be able to whip up a radio to get rescued off your island. I AM sure you can make a hip hula bikini top….but I’m talking about the precious OIL inside the coconut….
Coconut oil comes in a solid form and is available at most neighborhood grocery stores in the cooking aisle. (I got mine at Ralphs for $8.99.) Just scoop up a little of the hard oil, and it immediately starts to melt when you rub it between your hands.
Here are some groovy things this health-heavyweight can do for you:
Coconuts contain anti-oxidants galore and can help reduce those fine facial lines and wrinkles. A cheap alternative to expensive creams that’s great for moisturizing and softening skin.
De-Frizz, Un-damage, Grow and Shine Your Hair
WOW! Coconut oil is similar to hair’s natural lipids so it penetrates deep into hair’s cortex to make it stronger, more flexible and waterproof. Ditch those $55.00 price-tagged exotic hair oils, ladies. Apply it to wet or dry hair, let sit for a bit, then do your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. Leaves hair soft to the touch and gets rid of those frizzies. It’s also said to help in the re-growth of damaged hair.
Smooth Your Skin
Use it as an all-over-body moisturizer for the skin. Silky sleek, baby! Dry, irritated skin? Coconut oil helps sooth and treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Treat Your Ulcer
Coconut oil is packing lauric acid, which fights off fungal infections and lots of times ulcers are caused by bacteria. A tablespoon a day will keep the ulcer away.
Boost Your Metabolism and Help You Lose Weight
Woah…wanna turbo boost up your metabolic rate by up to 48 percent for up to 24 hours? Try a daily dose of coconut oil. It’s got medium-chain fatty acids, as opposed to long ones, which are better digested into your system and convert to energy. 119 calories!
Prevent and Treat Your Diabetes
Coconut oil can help stabilize blood glucose levels. If taken daily, some say that it can even prevent you from getting diabetes.
The American Nutrition Association says:
The main medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil is lauric acid, a proven antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent that is also found in mother’s milk. Converted in your body to a substance called monolaurin, it helps you defend against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens and strengthens your immune system, protecting you from a wide range of diseases.
And now the Elaine Bennes moment where you push the writer with both hands and scream incredulously “GET OUUTTT!!!!!!!!”
(Quoting from The American Nutrition Association site:)
Coconut oil can be wonderfully effective against many diseases involving viruses, e.g., AIDS, Herpes simplex, and Leukemia.
Yep, you read that right — even HIV!!! I’ve seen testimonials that warts have been cured and peeps are using it for athlete’s foot, diaper’s rash and more!
Get Your Sanity Back
Amazing. There have been reports of Alzheimer’s sufferers showing remarkable improvement after taking coconut oil. The Alliance for Natural Health tells us that coconut oil is the “only natural product that has the potential to turn Alzheimer’s around.” How huge is THAT?
Read about the coconut oil/Alzheimer’s connection here.
Now, you are probably saying “Hey Lil’ Miss Anti-Aging Analyst: Hold the PHONE! It all sounds great, but isn’t coconut oil bad cuz of the saturated fat?” and “I heard it was bad from my heart.” Nope, those medium chain fatty acid are quickly broken down in the liver and used as quick energy. It is NOT stored like other fats.
So, what’s not to love in your lovely bunch of coconuts? Dr. Oz recommends 1 tablespoon a day. Go virgin, organic on this one.
So, get on the Coconut Express !! The Professor, Ginger and Maryanne were definitely ON to somethin’ !!
Shakin’ Those Trees,
~Eliza The Anti-Aging Analyst