Not only is coconut a delicious tropical treat, it's also a nutritional powerhouse. Here are some compelling reasons to enjoy more coconut.
1. Fights Infections & Fungi
Coconut contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Consume any coconut product (milk, water, flakes) to fight internal infections. Use coconut oil as a topical cream for skin infections and tooth decay prevention.
2. Moisturizes and Conditions
Coconut oil is a great topical solution for dry skin and damaged hair. Condition your hair by rubbing a small scoop of coconut oil on your scalp and throughout your hair. For deeper conditioning, leave on for several hours before rinsing.
Coconut water contains electrolytes, making it the perfect option for an all-natural sports drink. One cup of coconut water contains the following:
- 6% DV in Calcium
- 8% DV in Riboflavin
- 10% DV in Vitamin C
- 15% DV in Magnesium
- 17% DV in Manganese
- 17% DV in Potassium
The high level of potassium in coconut water helps prevent cramps while replenishing lost fluids.
4. Slows Aging
Coconut products contain antioxidants, which the body uses to repair itself. Apply coconut oil to your face to fight wrinkles. Drink coconut water or use coconut meat in recipes to ward off a host of diseases caused by oxidative stress.
5. Aids Digestion
The active enzymes found in coconut help break down food. When suffering from indigestion or stomach ulcers, choose coconut water as an all-natural remedy. These enzymes can affect metabolism and contribute to weight-loss.
Choosing the Best Coconut Products
Not all coconut products are created equal. The quality of coconut oils in particular vary greatly. For maximum benefits, buy unrefined coconut oil. Avoid bleached and refined oils, which may contain trans fat. Want to know Kahikians' favorite coconut oil? Check out Tropical Traditions' Gold Label.
When selecting other coconut products, be sure to look at sugar levels. Coconut water often contains added sugar, negating any potential weight-loss benefits.