1. Mitigating the Impacts of Aging
Coconut oil has been shown to eliminate some of the effects of aging and neurodegeneration (Drouet, 2002).
2. Help Eliminate Alzheimer's Symptoms
Coconut oil creates an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function. Has been shown to help Alzheimer’s patients since they often lose the ability to create its owns insulin. The ketones from coconut oil can create an alternate source of energy that helps repair brain function (Newport, 2015)
3. Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
Based on a study in India the high level of antioxidants available in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and treated arthritis better than leading arthritis medications (Vysakh, 2014).
4. Boots the Immune System
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, also known as monolaurin. Monolaurin is known to fight bacteria, reduce candida and create an uninhabitable environment for viruses (Boldt, 2018)
5. Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
This can be done by coconut oil pulling, which is essentially when one rinses their mouth with coconut oil for 10-20 minutes. This is known to clean teeth, prevent gum disease, tooth decay and generally whiten teeth (Boldt, 2018).
6. Helps Weight Loss
Many studies suggest that coconut oil may reduce waist circumference, often referred to as “belly fat”. This specific study of women with abdominal obesity showed that coconut oil would reduce abdominal fat (Assuncao, 2009).
7. Hair Care
Coconut oil also is known to help people naturally condition their hair. It can be used as a regular conditioner or as a deep conditioner.
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