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10 Reasons to Love Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is the darling of the food and health worlds right now, and with good reason! Coconut oil is free-from trans fats and cholesterol, making it a truly healthy fat. As well as being great to cook with (it remains stable at high temperatures, making coconut oil one of the best oils for roasting and baking), this wonder oil also lots of other health-boosting properties too. 

Here are my top 10 reasons to love coconut oil:

1. Metabolism and weight loss

Coconut oil contains healthy and good-for-you medium-chain fatty acids, which our bodies can use quickly for energy. These fatty acids can help us burn energy more quickly, boost our metabolism and help with weight loss
 
2. Boost your immunity 

Several studies have shown that coconut oil has excellent anti-viral and antibacterial properties, again down to the medium chain fatty acids. If you're looking to improve your immunity, incorporating coconut oil into your daily diet (as well as plenty of fresh fruit and veg) could be a great move. 

3. Tummy troubles

Yes we’re still raving about these fatty acids! If you're suffering with a tummy upset, coconut oil could help you recover. Again, it's down to the antibacterial and antiviral properties of those fatty acids. Coconut oil has also been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome. 

4. Brain food

A study conducted and published by Oxford University suggested that coconut oil can help improve short-term memory loss experienced by people suffering with Alzheimer's disease. It's thought that ketones (found in coconut oil) can improve cognitive function and play an important part in brain health. 

5. Fresh breath

The antibacterial and cleansing fats in coconut oil can improve the freshness of your breath. Many people swear by oil pulling - an ancient practice which involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes every morning. Oil pulling with coconut oil can reduce plaque build up, prevent discolouring and remove bacteria - put down the mouthwash! As an added bonus, it's also thought to help whiten teeth. 
 
6. Tame frizzy locks

Coconut oil is great for our hair, especially those of us who wake up to a messy frizz! Rubbing coconut oil onto the ends can reduce static hairs, keep hair strong and help reduce protein loss. Just remember - a little goes a long way. Greased lightening is not a good look in 2015...
 
7. Natural moisturiser

Coconut oil is also great for our skin! Ditch the chemical-filled moisturisers and stick to coconut oil, it’s a natural and healthy way to get rid of dry, flaky skin and can help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema too.
 
8. Strong nails

Coconut oil can help your nails grow and stay strong. Rub on your cuticles and give it a go! 
 
9. Relieve Cold Sores

Some people swear by using coconut oil to treat cold sores. Next time you break out with a cold sore, try using coconut oil before opting for expensive over-the-counter treatments. 

10. Great Taste

Last but not least - coconut oil tastes great! Raw, virgin coconut oil has a mild, coconut taste. This goes perfectly in smoothies, curries, you might even enjoy it on butter instead of toast. 

The key when using coconut oil is to make sure you always choose virgin (raw) coconut oil, ideally organic. If you buy coconut oil which isn't labelled as virgin or raw, the oil is likely to have been refined using mechanical and chemical processes. Although refined coconut oil is cheaper and has a longer shelf life than virgin coconut oil, most of the health benefits are likely to have been destroyed during the processing. 

There’s no need to stop at 10 reasons to love coconut oil! Let me know if you have any more reasons to love this wonder oil - I'd love to hear from you. 

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