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Coconut Oil Myth Busted: Why Coconut Oil is Great for Your Body and Skin
It turns out that coconut oil is not unhealthy as it was purported to be and is now being recognized for its numerous benefits for our bodies and skin, among which includes weight loss, immune system support and relieving dry hair and skin.
Previously denounced as a public enemy due to its saturated content, coconut oil is now back in good favor due to a more critical look at the research that led Americans to swear off the oil. Most of the stigma of coconut oil that has infiltrated mainstream media and the minds of Americans stems from research conducted with partially hydrogenated oil. The gist of the research studies portrayed an image of coconut oil being harmful for heart health due to the concern of it raising cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of heart attacks. However, what was not disclosed to the public was that the coconut oil used in the studies was partially hydrogenated, which places it in a different realm from virgin coconut oil. Partially hydrogenated coconut oil undergoes a process that destroys most of the essential fatty acids and antioxidants that are naturally found in virgin coconut oil and makes it toxic to the body.
Virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, has many reputable benefits if not tainted by the hydrogenation process. Virgin coconut oil is great for boosting the immune system due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. Virgin coconut oil has various essential fatty acids, the most notable of which is lauric acid. Lactic acid is converted by the body into monolaurin, which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Other benefits of coconut oil includes stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, proper digestion and metabolism, improved dental health, weight loss, strengthened bones, and relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Not only is coconut oil beneficial for internal consumption, it's also great for the skin and hair due to its moisturizing and antioxidant rich properties. The usage of coconut oil can relieve dry skin and hair. It is an excellent hair conditioner and can help nourish damaged hair. Coconut oil helps to prevent wrinkles and sagging of skin. It also aids in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, and other skin infections. These various benefits of coconut oil is why it is used extensively in personal care products.
A reputable company that sells coconut oil based skincare products is Nubian Heritage. The company sells a line of high quality natural and organic personal care products for the face, hair, and body. A few notable products from the line of coconut oil based skincare is Coconut & Papaya Soap, Coconut & Papaya Lotion, and Coconut & Papaya Body Mist. Coconut & Papaya Soap is great for keeping face and hands moisturized and smells good too. (http://www.nubianheritage.com/
Coconut & Papaya Lotion is beneficial for relieving dry skin, preventing wrinkles and blemishes (http://www.nubianheritage.com/
Coconut & Papaya Body Mist is fantastic for leaving a lovely coconut scent on your body intermingled with papaya for a wonderful tropical experience (http://www.nubianheritage.com/
Go out and buy a tub of virgin coconut oil or some coconut oil based skincare products! Coconut oil is not only great for your health but also your skin.
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