Coconut and used!

Coconut is a fruit which belongs to the Cocos nucifera palm. This mature nut is one of the most used
ingredients in the kitchens of India. Hundreds of coconut species are found all over India and its
taste vary according to its soil alkalinity. Its outer part is of green in colour which turns brown as it
matures. Underneath the hard shell is the white edible meat. Coconut is also known as ‘Nariyal’ in
Hindi, ‘Kobbari Bondam’ in Telugu, ‘Tenkay’ in Tamil, ‘Karikkin’ in Malayalam, ‘Thengina Kai’ in
Kannada, and ‘Narikelera’ in Bengali. The freshly harvested coconut contains sweet water which is
extremely beneficial for health. Coconut is a healthy nut that can be used safely as a food. It is
mainly reaction free. The kernel is not only healthy but is also safe to be eaten during pregnancy.
Health Benefits of Coconut:
Coconut contains a high amount of saturated fats but these are harmless. They contain Medium
Chain Triglycerides which are fatty acids of medium length. These fatty acids are absorbed
differently by the body. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract and are further turned
into ketone bodies. This can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and
Alzheimer’s. Coconut health benefits include the following:

1. Fiber content:

Coconut is high in dietary fibre and provides a whopping 61% of fibre. Coconut fibre slows down the
release of glucose and transports it to the cell were it is converted into energy. It assists in relieving
stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems which reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

2. Controls diabetes:

Coconut improves the insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. It controls diabetes by
positively affecting the hormones for blood sugar control. This slows down the rise in blood sugar
level and helps to reduce glycemic cravings. Coconut benefits quick digestion and other symptoms
associated with digestive and bowel disorders. It supports absorption of nutrients and minerals while
providing dietary fibre. It also reduces vomiting and nausea.

3. Anti-ageing:

Cytokinins, kinetin and trans-zeatin present in coconut have anti thrombotic, anti-carcinogenic and
anti-ageing effects on the body.

4. Boosts immunity:

Coconut nutrition is excellent for the immunity system. It is antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and
anti-parasitic. Intake of coconut oil can help the body to mount resistance to both viruses and
bacteria that cause illness.Consuming coconut in its raw form can help to treat some of the worst
and most resilient illness like throat infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, tapeworms and
other ailments caused by microbes.

5. Treats abdominal fats:

Coconut is also beneficial in treating dangerous fats in the abdominal cavity. Abdominal fats are the
most dangerous of all the fats and are associated with various diseases. A 200 grams of coconut
serving daily can lead to significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in just 12 weeks.

6. Overall health:

Research has proven that people who consume coconut daily are healthier when compared to those
who don’t. In some countries it is a dietary fibre that people have thrived on for many generations.

7. Boosts energy:

Coconut helps to increase energy by burning fat. The triglycerides found in coconut oil increase 24
hours of energy expenditure by 5% leading to weight loss in the long run. It is also known to reduce
hunger pangs. This is directly related to the way fatty acids in the body are metabolized as ketone as
appetite reducing effect. People who consistently use coconut products have a stronger ability to go
without eating for several hours with no effects of hypoglycaemia. It also promotes healthy thyroid
function and helps to relieve the symptom of chronic fatigue.

8. Treats epilepsy:

A ketogenic diet is a low carb diet which is used to treat various disorders. Its best known application
is treating epilepsy in children. The diet involves eating little carbs and large amounts of fat which
can lead to increased concentrations of ketone bodies in the blood. This diet can dramatically reduce
the rate of seizures in epileptic children.

9. Fights cancer:

Coconut nutrition has also proven to have anti-cancer properties. It is especially beneficial to treat
colon and breast cancer.

10. Keeps you hydrated:

Coconut water contains crucial electrolytes that help in maintaining hydration. People involved in
easy workouts and other strenuous activities should include as much coconut water as they can in
their diet. Coconut water replaces the lost electrolytes, provides hydration and increases immune
response. It is a better alternative to water as it is tastier than plain water and is loaded with nutrition.

11. Nutritious and healthy:

Coconut water is considered to be more nutritious and healthier than whole milk. It contains lauric
acid which is considered equivalent to mother’s milk. It is naturally sterile as it permeates through the
filtering husk. It also cures hangover. Coconut water has a natural isotonic beverage in the same
level as that in the blood.

12. Prevents urinary tract infection:

The natural diuretic property of coconut treats urinary tract infections. It improves the flow of urine to
get rid of the infection naturally.

13. Improves blood cholesterol:

Coconut helps to improve blood cholesterol levels in the body and lowers the risk of heart diseases.
The saturated fats in coconut raise the good cholesterol in the body and control the LDL to a benign
subtype. This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors theoretically leads to reducing risk of
developing heart diseases.

14. Controls acidity and heart burn:

Coconut water can also help to alleviate acidity and heart burn problems.

15. Extremely beneficial during pregnancy:

Coconut water is sterile and is very good for pregnant ladies. It improves the immunity and health of
the mother and baby and prevents infection and other diseases. It also boosts the levels of amniotic
fluid to improve the overall health of the fetus.

16. Fights bacteria:

Coconut contains high content of monolaurin and lauric acid which helps to kill bacteria, viruses and
fungi and keeps infections at bay.

17. Good for oral hygiene:

Coconut water can also be used as an out rinse to kill mouth bacteria, reduce bad breath and
improve the overall dental health.

18. Healthy bones and teeth:

Eating coconuts regularly supports the development of healthy bones and teeth. It improves the
body’s ability to absorb calcium and manganese which aid bone development. It also prevents
osteoporosis, a condition which makes the bones thin and fragile and loses its density. Thus it is a
healthy alternative for those who are lactose intolerant.
Skin Benefits of Coconut:
Coconut is often used in the form of oil in the cosmetic industry to improve the health and
appearance of the skin and hair.

19. Fights dryness:

Coconut oil, if used on skin prevents dryness and flakiness and keeps it moisturised and supple. It
also supports the skin and works to repair the damage it has acquired over time. It eases a common
 skin condition called neurosis, which is characterized by dry, rough and flaky skin. It also reduces
the severity of atopic dermatitis which is prone to infections like Staphylococcus aurous.
Use of coconut cleanses and neutralizes the toxins, fungi and bacteria on the outer layers of the skin
which not only detoxifies but also builds the skin’s natural immune system and protection.

20. Effective on dry hands:

Extra virgin coconut oil can also be used to treat dry and parched hands. Regular dish washing often
dries out the skin and makes them unsightly. Instead of using expensive chemical laden cosmetics,
apply virgin coconut oil on the hands to get beautiful and smooth hands.

21. Prevents skin cancer:

It improves the moisture and lipid content in the skin and prevents skin cancer by blocking 20% of
harsh Ultra Violet rays. It can be used as a body and skin moisturiser as it hydrates the skin by
replenishing the natural oils. Coconut oil can also be used to clean the face by rubbing it in circular

22. Youthful skin:

Coconut oil is excellent for keeping the skin young and beautiful. Its antioxidant property slows down
the ageing process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. Massaging a few drops of
coconut oil daily will keep it healthy and smooth. Apply it onto the skin before showering. This will
open the pores while showering and will allow the oil to absorb through the skin more efficiently.

23. Clean skin:

Eating coconut hydrates the skin and makes it youthful and supple. Take a teaspoon of raw,
uncooked coconut oil and massage the skin with it. This will minimise the outbreaks of skin, rashes
and irritations and will beautify the skin from inside when taken internally.

24. Promotes blood circulation:

Eating coconut regularly boosts oxygen in the skin and promotes blood circulation. Our cells need
adequate amount of oxygen which can only be made possible by proper circulation in the body that
carries oxygen. This allows proper breathing of the skin and promotes healthy and flawless

25. Reverses effects of tanning:

Coconut water can also help to reverse tanning. Mix fullers earth with coconut water and apply it all
over the skin. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Apply this face pack twice
weekly to get a tan free skin.

26. Treats oily skin:

Coconut water can also be used to treat oily skin. It washes away excess oil from the skin and keeps
the skin tone more even. Coconut water is also very effective on acne, black spots and blemishes.
Make a face pack by mixing half a teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder and
coconut water. Apply it on the face thrice weekly to get clear and glowing skin.

27. Removes eye makeup:

Coconut oil can also be used to remove eye makeup. Put a few drops of coconut oil on a cotton ball
and wipe your eyes with it. It effectively removes the tough eye makeup by breaking down the
ingredients in the eye makeup. It keeps the skin hydrated too.

28. Body scrub:

Coconut can also be used as a body scrub. Mix some coconut oil and a cup of brown sugar and stir
well. Finally scrape some coconut shell, add a few drops of essential oil and mix it. Your scrub is
ready to use. You can also mix 1 tablespoon of coconut water and lentils to make a paste. Rub it
gently on the face for 2 minutes and then wash off.
Hair Benefits of Coconut:
Coconut for hair helps to treat hair loss problems. Both coconut water and coconut oil can help to
treat hair fall. Massage your hair with coconut water or coconut oil prior to bathing to manage unruly
hair and prevent hair breakage. This will also make the hair soft, smooth and manageable.

29. Prevent scalp infections:

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut protect the scalp from dandruff, lice and itchy
scalp which often slows down the hair growth.

30. Healthy hair:

Coconut can also help you to get shiny and silky hair.
The Vitamin K and iron content in coconut maintain the health of the hair and impart shine to it.

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