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Benefits of Coconut Oil And Its Side Effects

Coconut oil benefits in skin care, hair care, weight loss, treating yeast infections, improving digestion and increasing immunity against a host of infections and diseases.It improves body odor, improve cardiovascular health and hinder growth of cancer cells in the body. It can also help relieve dry mouth and scratchy throat and improve oral health. It also aids to ward off neurodegenerative disorders and enhances memory power.

Benefits of Coconut Oil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Coconut Oil
Nutritional Value of Coconut Oil
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
Weight Loss
Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Treat Urinary Tract Infections
Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Immune System Boost
Improves Memory and Brain Function
Boosts Digestion
Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
Prevents Candida
Uses of Coconut Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Coconut Oil
Cultivation of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil that is extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Coconut oil is composed of 99% fat, comprises mainly of saturated fats (82%). The sweet-smelling tropical staple is made by pressing the fat from the white “meat” inside the giant nut and then used for various purposes.

Nutritional Value of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in various constituents that are beneficial for health. Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat. Capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid present in coconut oil help in curing and treating several problems and health issues. MCFAs present in coconut oil are easier to digest,not readily stored as fat, have antimicrobial and antifungal properties. They are smaller in size, thus allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy. These MCFAs are processed by the liver, allowing immediately conversion to energy instead of being stored as fat.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Coconut Oil
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Ketones supply energy to the brain and provides the necessary to cure alzheimer's disease. Ketones present in the coconut oil are thus useful to treat mental diseases.

Weight Loss

Coconut oil is beneficial for weight loss too. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in shedding off excessive weight.Coconut oil aids to reduce abdominal obesity in women.It helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system and increases body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas.It burns more energy and helps obese and overweight people lose weight.

Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Lauric acid present in coconut oil helps in effectively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil is rich in natural saturated fats which not only increases the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol) in our body, but also helps to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols.By increasing the amount of the HDL in the body, it helps to promote heart health and lower the risk of related heart diseases.Coconut oil also benefits the heart by lowering high triglycerides.

Treat Urinary Tract Infections

Coconut oil is an effective natural antibiotic that helps treating and curing the urinary tract infections.The MCFAs in the oil work as a natural antibiotic by penetrating, dissolving and disrupting the lipid coating on the cellular wall of harmful bacteria and killing them.

Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Coconut oil, on digestion, produces ketones that helps in preventing cancer. Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose-dependent. Without adequate energy to fuel their mutated growth rates, cancer cells are unable to replicate and thus, protects the body from the harmful effects.Also, the MCFAs digest the lipid walls of bacteria.They also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known to increase the risk of stomach cancer.

Immune System Boost

Coconut oil is very beneficial for improving the immunity.It strengthens the immune system as it contains high proportion of antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The lauric acid (monolaurin), present in coconut oil, which is known to reduce candida, fights bacteria and creates a hostile environment for viruses

Improves Memory and Brain Function

Regular use of coconut oil in our diet efficiently improves our memory. This is because of the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which make up over half of the essential fatty acid content of coconut oil. MCTs provide easily-accessible energy to the brain and fuel brain cells more effectively.

Boosts Digestion

User of coconut oil is beneficial as it also improves digestion. It helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium and magnesium and prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The antimicrobial properties present in coconut oil antimicrobial properties.

Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis

The MCFAs prevent gall bladder and other related problems. It does not cause stress on pancreas and thus protects the body from its adverse effects.

Prevents Candida

Candida, also known as Systemic Candidiasis, is caused by prolific and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida albicans in the stomach. Capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in coconut oil help in eliminating Candida albicans and thus, soothe the person.

Uses of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil finds its way into the human life very easily with the effective usage for hair and skin. It helps to grow healthier skin, hair and nails. Besides these, it also promotes healthy hormone production, reduces frequency of seizures,treats & heals arthritis and prevents insulin resistance.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Coconut Oil

There are also potential negative side effects of using coconut oil. They include diarrhea, acne breakout, cause intestinal distress and allergies. It may also cause severe heart problems if used for prolonged durations.

Cultivation of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is extracted by two methods, wet process and dry process. The regular coconut oil is extracted by cold compression or cold milling of Copra.The moisture content in this case is around six percent.This is processed using fermentation, churning (centrifugal separation), refrigeration, and the action of enzymes. The oil is separated from the water or moisture. In some cases, this fresh coconut oil is boiled to obtain the oil by evaporating the water or moisture.However,for virgin coconut oil, the raw materials and the process of extraction do not allow any involvement of heat. In some cases, virgin coconut oil is also extracted directly by cold compression of fresh dried coconut meat. This is also called Micro-expelling.

Popular Questions & Answers

Foreskin at my penis is not Coming back fully. And it is felt very tight when tried to bring back.

BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
Apply coconut oil and try to pull it daily for 1 to 2 months. If condition not improved then consult any surgeon near your town.

I just want ask doctors that which is the best oil for decreasing hair loss and to increase hair density please tell me because I am facing too much problem of hair loss.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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My hair gone white almost 30% .since two years. What I have to do then it reduces naturally from root.

MBBS
General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, thats unfortunate. One of the most common reason for white hair is pollution and lack of nutrition. Aside from other internal and external factors that may affect your hair color, studies have shown that genetics play an important role in determining the onset of gray hair. People tend to start growing their natural gray hairs by the same time their parents or grandparents started seeing their first strand of gray hair. Over the years, changes in a person’s hormones, age, climate change and even exposures to chemicals can have an effect on one’s hair pigmentation. Here are some home solutions for you: 1. Coconut oil - Today, coconut oil is among the most popular skin and hair products widely used by men and women for different purposes when it comes to maintaining skin and hair. Apply coconut oil on your hair and also massage your scalp with it. The oil from the coconut is rich in lauric acid that strengthens and moisturizes your strands. It is also rich in antioxidants that may help in preventing your hair from graying too soon. 2. Relax and avoid stress - Stress is the most common known cause of having gray hair prematurely. Find time to unwind and free yourself from stress, plan visits to the spa and treat yourself to a relaxing massage. A more budget-friendly way to de-stress is to soak in a hot bath after a long day. 3. Don’t smoke - The bad effects of smoking can also affect your mane. It causes unwanted stress to your hair that result in premature aging. By quitting your smoking habits, you free your body from the damage caused by smoking while preventing gray hair from appearing early. 4. Hydrate - Coffee, tea and other caffeine-laden drinks dehydrate your body. Alcoholic beverages are also known to reduce the amount of fluid in your cells. Some foods are also known culprits in dehydrating your body. Decrease your intake of such food and drinks and increase your intake of water. Properly hydrating your body aids in the transfer of nutrients from the cells to other parts of your body, including your hair follicles. 5. Onion juice - The hair contains its own hydrogen peroxide that is also responsible for the natural graying process of the hair. An enzyme called catalase functions to break down this chemical. Without catalase, hydrogen peroxide will continue to bleach the hair. However, this process may be prevented with the help of onion juice extract. It has natural properties that produce the enzymes needed to break down hydrogen peroxide. Although this hair treatment may not reverse hair that is already gray, future hair growth may be prevented from going gray. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

I am 21 years old. My skin type is oily.I have got pimple problem since last 1 yr. Tried many things but nothing is effective. Recently since 5 months I am using skinelle cream along with himalaya neem facewash as prescribed b a local doctor. But its not at all effective.In fact pimples hv got messier and bigger. Really lost all hopes of getting my old. Clean skin again. Say any home remedies to get rid of it. By the way among lemon honey mix and camphor coconut oil mix which 1 will b more affective for pimple. please help me.

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
Treatment for Acne/Pimples:- Faceclin Gel / D’ACNE Plus gel for application twice daily over affected area. For Marks (spots) - DUCRAY Photoscreen Depigment Cream / Demelan cream for application once in a week at night (very little over marks only) For face wash: Rejuglow Facewash/ Episoft OC Cleanser/ Saslic DS Wash. Tab. Limcee 500 mg once daily for one month. Tab. Ascazin twice daily for one month. Combination peels can be performed by a dermatologist in order to improve pimples, marks and scars. Blood test: Serum Insulin Fasting (F) & Postprandial (PP)

It's been 1 week I am got ache on my face. So what should I do. Even I am dark patches on my cheeks. How can I get rid of it.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Hi lybrate-user, I would suggest you to use besan to wash your face in morning and after that wash your face at least 3-4 times with water. Before going to sleep wash your face with water and after 20 mins gently rub the mixture of sulfur+coconut oil+kapur on your acne and keep it overnight. Be careful with your eyes and don't go in sun with this. If besan does't suits you, you can discontinue its use and go for multani mitti. Its a slow process will take a few months to recover so keep doing this regularly with patience and you will get good results. Good luck!

Popular Health Tips

PCOD - What Diet Must You Follow?

Master of Science (Diabetics & Food Services Management)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
PCOD - What Diet Must You Follow?

A rising number of teenage girls in the country are getting affected with Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease or PCOD. Though an advanced menarche has become very rampant these days, there are many young women who are suffering from a delay in menarche which in turn is leading to PCOD as opined by gynaecologists. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle among young people have caused a rapid doubling of PCOD cases in the past five to eight years.

Occurrence and Symptoms:

Gynaecologists report that they get at least 15 fresh instances of PCOD cases, and a considerable number of teenagers aged 16-17 are not getting their menarche. Such patients are recommended to take a strictly balanced diet which will help them to lose weight. Initially, their mothers think that they would experience their menarche in proper time, but some girls are diagnosed with PCOD when taken to a family gynaecologist. Even worse, they could never imagine that their obesity can pave the way for such a grave health issue. PCOD can cause numerous other problems like delayed and irregular menses, rapid weight gain and tremendous difficulty in losing weight, developing acne and blocked skin pores.

Furthermore, it leads to thinning of hair and excessive growth of hair on chest, back and face. Infertility, continual miscarriage, high blood pressure and high blood sugar are also common with PCOD.

Help yourself with the right diet:

There is no proven evidence regarding the cause of PCOD though gynaecologists are of the opinion that some females possess a predisposition to this disease, and it may run hereditarily in the family. You can alleviate your PCOD symptoms to a considerable extent by regulating your diet properly.

Have loads of fruits and green leafy vegetables and try to abstain from dairy products as many experts believe that dairy products are a direct cause of an increase in insulin levels, which can aggravate skin troubles along with other PCOD symptoms. Avoiding red meat and eating lean meat instead will help the condition and reduce the chances of infertility. It is always recommended to avoid hydrogenated and saturated fats, which are normally found in animal and dairy-based food. Try to put a stop to cheese, cottage cheese, clarified butter, pork, lamb, beef, etc. and certain baked products like cookies, cakes and fudges as they will trigger a rise in your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

The following dietary tips can be helpful with the condition:

  • High levels of the insulin hormone causes PCOS symptoms like high blood sugar, increased hair growth, weight gain etc. So, refined foods rich in fat and carbohydrates should be consumed in small amounts.
  • Whole foods in their natural, uncooked form should be consumed fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans etc. These are low glycemic foods that reduce the glucose circulation by insulin.
  • Green vegetables have antioxidants. These are good for women with PCOS because they have a high amount of oxidative stress.
  • Your daily diet should contain at least 30 grams of fiber to improve the digestion process and remove toxins.
  • Soy products should also be avoided, especially if you are trying to conceive, because they interfere with the ovulation cycle.
  • Processed fat is harmful but essential fatty acids found in avocado, fish, olive oil and nuts are important for the body.
  • High levels of male hormones also cause high cholesterol. So foods which have high saturated fats like butter, cream, coconut oil and fatty meat should not be included in the regular diet of women with PCOS.
  • Protein-rich foods like lean meat, fish, legumes, whole grains are beneficial as protein can stabilize blood sugar. These foods also keep you feeling full and prevent over-eating.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Pioppi Diet

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

The pioppi plan is based around avoiding added sugar and refined carbs, and instead building your diet around vegetables and fatty foods like oily fish and olive oil. The plan goes beyond your diet too, with recommended movements and stress-busting breathing exercises.

Eat more of these

Vegetables, nuts and olive oil, for starters. The guide recommends five to seven portions of fibrous veg and low-sugar fruit per day, and at least five of these should be the former. The pioppi plan also recommends two to four tablespoons of olive oil (with food – you don’t have to neck it) and a small handful of nuts every day. The pioppi diet is also big on oily fish like salmon and sardines (three portions a week as a minimum), eggs (ten a week; pioppi chickens aren’t slackers), full-fat dairy, coconut oil and dark chocolate (30g a day).

Avoid these

Sugar. Steer clear of all added sugars. You can’t get around this by opting for honey either – it’s banned, along with syrups and fruit juices. Refined carbohydrates, especially those that are flour-based, also make the pioppi diet’s shitlist. That includes pasta, bread and rice – if you're having them at all they should be viewed as an occasional treat eaten in small portions. You should also avoid cooking with industrial seed oils like sunflower, canola and corn.

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How Constipation Can Be Treated With Home Remedies?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Alternate Medicine, CFN
Sexologist, Karnal
How Constipation Can Be Treated With Home Remedies?

Constipation can make you miserable. Though medically defined as less than three stools a week or worse, daily bowel movement is essential to keep healthy and feel fresh. Caused by slow movement of food through the digestive tract, constipation can occur due to poor bowel habits, eating less fiber, medications, hormonal issues or some other disease. However, it can be easily fixed with fiber, fluids and frequent exercising. You can try these natural treatments to relieve your discomfort and keep it away:

1. Coconut Oil and Flaxseed - A great combination
Coconut oil is a wonderful hydrating agent and eases stools. Flaxseeds help in the elimination of toxins, excess fat and cholesterol from the body. So in one tablespoon of coconut oil, add half a teaspoon of flaxseeds, chew well and eat this every morning.

2. Harad or Terminalia Chebula Myrobalan - A Wonder Fruit
An important ingredient of Triphala, harad is a wonder fruit that has amazing health benefits. One of these is relieving constipation. Take the small black variety and roast it with few drops of Ghee and grind to store. 5-6 gms daily with water at night will relieve constipation.

3. Yogurt - Excellent Source of Probiotics
Probiotics which contain beneficial bacteria are a great remedy for constipation. However, you can take the humble homemade yogurt full of beneficial bacteria in your meal every day and get relief from constipation.

4. Fiber Fix - Figs and more
Fiber helps to bulk up your stool making the bowel movement faster. Figs are a great source of soluble fiber and you can soak 2-3 overnight and have both the fruit and the sweet water to get regular bowel movement. You can also include high fiber whole wheat bran cereal to your diet for added benefits.
Do not forget to back your fibers with 8-10 glasses of water as you increase your intake.

5. Baking Powder - The Versatile Solution
Baking powder has an alkalizing effect and eases movement through the bowels. Add a teaspoon to ¼ cup of warm water and drink it quickly for best results.

6. Oatmeal Tea - When things are Severe
Oatmeal is fibrous, Honey is healing and moisturizing and Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory agent which soothes the stomach. Together, they can stop severe constipation. So, take a cup of water and add three teaspoons of oatmeal, a Chamomile tea bag and two teaspoons of honey. Drink 2-3 times a day if your problem is severe. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Eczema - 5 Best Ways It Can Be Managed!

DDVL, MBBS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Eczema - 5 Best Ways It Can Be Managed!

Eczema is a skin condition marked by eruptions that are often pus filled boils and can be of many kinds. One of the kinds of eczema is also known as Atopic Dermatitis. Before treating Atopic Eczema it is always good to take an opinion of a Dermatologist, as the skin of Atopic patients is sensitive and not all home remedies may suit everyone. It is known to aggravate during cold and biting months of winter and can lead to dryness and scaly patches. It is commonly found in patients who are young children and babies.

The flare up can also relapse again. Reddish brown patches and oozing boils characterize this skin ailment. It is mostly found on the face, scalp, knees and elbows. Let us look at the natural ways in which it can be treated effectively.

1. Oil Massages: Atopic Eczema is usually characterized by severe dryness which can be fixed with the help of coconut oil and olive oil massages. Sunflower seed oil and others like camomile, chickweed, licorice and thyme can help in bringing down the inflammation by soothing the area and removing the dryness to a great extent. These oils also have anti bacterial properties which can help in treating the eczema in an efficient manner. Further, green tea, primrose oil, aromatherapy and other such methods can also be used to soothe the skin and treat the condition.

2. Probiotics and other Essentials: It is important to get a good dose of Omega three oils as well as other essentials like probiotics and flavonoids that are contained in food like green and leafy vegetables, dairy products, fish and others. These elements can help in treating Atopic Eczema in a natural manner.

3. Vitamins: Eating the right food can help in removing painful symptoms to a great degree. One can turn to vitamin supplements that will supply precious Vitamin D to the body and help the skin become clear. Vitamin D can also be found in green vegetables, fish and dry fruits like figs and almonds.

4. Lifestyle Changes: There are other ways of treating this condition. One of the methods includes making lifestyle changes like using deep breathing and meditative techniques that can bring the stress level down so that the flare up does not happen and the immune system continues to function properly. Also, patients would be advised to use a cold compress every night as this is when the itching increases by leaps and bounds. The use of oat meal baths with baking soda can also help.

5. Aloe Vera Gel: The soothing and healing properties of Aloe Vera are well known. One can use the gel of this herb to bring down the painful inflammation as well.

There are various ways to deal with Atopic Eczema and hygiene is one of the top methods along with a good lifestyle.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dandruff - 5 At Home Remedies That Can Help!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Surat
Dandruff - 5 At Home Remedies That Can Help!

Dandruff is a condition where flakes of dead skin appear on the scalp, accompanied with itching. There are different types of dandruff you can suffer from. It be can yellow and sticky or white and flaky. It is a very common condition, which is often the result of exposure to styling products, chronic constipation, stress, fatigue or pollution. A chemical treatment can surely cure the condition but it can also harm your hair as well as have its fair share of side effects.

Here are a few ayurvedic treatments which you could try to treat dandruff:

1. Coconut oil and camphor: Mix a small portion of camphor with some coconut. Store it in a container and apply it to your scalp every night. The camphor will help cool your scalp, which will help reduce the dandruff.

2. Coconut and lemon: Lemon is a particular ingredient, which is used for many hair care remedies. Warm up the coconut oil, mix some lemon juice in it and apply it on your scalp. Leave it on for at least half an hour and then wash your hair with shampoo. Perform this remedy at least for two to three weeks.

3. Curd and gram flour: Take a small bowl of curd and mix two to three teaspoons of gram flour. Add half a spoon of lemon juice in the mixture before applying it on your scalp and leave it for half an hour. Curd and gram flour are considered to be the best cleansers to clean the scalp and one of the best remedies for dandruff.

4. Lemon and neem leaves: Take a few neem leaves and make a paste. Add only half of a lemon to the paste and apply the mixture to your scalp. Leave it on for half an hour before washing your hair with shampoo. Follow this for at least two to three weeks.

5. Hot oil massage: A hot oil massage not only gives you relaxation, but also helps a lot with dandruff. Heat up a small amount of oil and massage your scalp with it. The hot oil seeps deeper into the roots of hair.
These remedies not only clear your scalp of the dandruff, but they also make your hair soft, smooth and healthy. So go and try them out.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Coconut Oil
Nutritional Value of Coconut Oil
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease
Weight Loss
Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Treat Urinary Tract Infections
Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Immune System Boost
Improves Memory and Brain Function
Boosts Digestion
Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
Prevents Candida
Uses of Coconut Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Coconut Oil
Cultivation of Coconut Oil