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18-Jul-2014  
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Coconut oil is rich in healthy saturated fats, can boost your energy levels and is an excellent addition to your healthy diet. Many people think that coconut oil is one of the less healthy fats that can lead to heart disease. But this is actually untrue!

Coconut oil is not only good for your skin and hair, but also for your overall health. Read on to find out some amazing health benefits of coconut oil!

1. Controls blood sugar
One of the most surprising health benefits of coconut oil is that it helps control blood sugar. For diabetics and people with health problems related to high blood sugar, coconut oil is one of the important foods to consume every day.

2. Lowers cholesterol
If you have high cholesterol, try increasing your consumption of coconut oil. The thing is that coconut oil is packed with a saturated fat, lauric acid that can help increase the good cholesterol in the blood, improve cholesterol ratios and lower the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil also restores normal thyroid function.

3. Boosts immune system
Using coconut oil every day helps boost your immune system. Coconut oil can also help fight off yeast, fungi and any harmful bacteria.

4. Improves digestion
If you have a slow digestive system and you’re suffering from digestive problems, such as heartburn or stomach cramps, try cooking with coconut oil. Coconut oil boosts digestion and helps the process go smoothly.

5. Aids in weight loss
Coconut oil can help you burn more calories. Reduce your amounts of abdominal fat by adding at least 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your diet every day.

6. Good for your skin and hair
Consume coconut oil regularly for clear and lovely skin and healthy and shiny hair. Apply it as a skin moisturizer or lotion, and use it as a hair mask. If you have dry, damaged hair, heat up a little coconut oil, apply to your hair, and wear a shower cap for about 10 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual for soft, shiny and healthy hair.
7. Helps slow down aging
Believe it or not, but coconut oil can really help slow down aging. Coconut oil contains a high level of antioxidants that protect our skin. It also contains vitamin E, which helps heal and reduce fine lines, scarring, and stretch marks.

Coconut oil is not difficult to add to your diet. Try using it instead of butter, and use coconut oil to grill or fry with instead of canola or vegetable oil.
 
 
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