5 Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

Although the surface of our skin already has a protective layer (self-made skin oil) against aging and diseases, it's never strong enough for fighting off more malicious microorganisms that constantly attack our skin and cause aging and diseases. So, you need coconut oil to strengthen your first line of defense to combat aging and keep disease-causing germs at bay. How does coconut oil achieve that?

1. Kill Germs on Your Skin

The skin oil secreted contains some amount of fatty acids that are good at fighting off common types of harmful germs coming into contact with our skin.

But when you apply especially virgin coconut oil to your skin, you'll step up your skin resistance against a broader range of disease-causing bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi as virgin coconut oil comprises 10 different types of fatty acids which are all antimicrobials. They are:

  1. Caproic acid
  2. Caprylic acid
  3. Capric acid
  4. Lauric acid
  5. Myristic acid
  6. Palmitic acid
  7. Stearic acid
  8. Arachidic acid
  9. Oleic acid
  10. Linoleic acid

This is one of the greatest benefits of using coconut oil for skin.

2. Penetrate Your Skin Easily

As most of the fatty acids (~ 64%) in coconut oil are ...read more »

How to Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Coconut oil benefits weight loss by:

  • Reducing your calorie intake.
  • Increasing your metabolism.

Coconut oil helps to lose weight

How Coconut Oil Reduces Your Calorie Intake

Did you know that coconut oil has earned its reputation as the world's only natural, low-calorie fat?

If you pick a few brands of virgin coconut oil and calculate their energy value (calories) contained in one gram of fat, you would have gotten a range of 9 kcal +/- few percent, which has pretty much the same calorie per gram (i.e. 9 kcal/g) as animal fats and other vegetable oils.

In fact, coconut oil carries fewer calories because it contains medium-chain fatty acids that are smaller in size than the fatty acids in animal fats and other vegetable oils.

For example, MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil has an effective energy value of 6.8 kcal/g. It carries only caprylic and capric acids – the 2 medium-chain fatty acids that are also found in coconut oil. But because coconut oil also contains the relatively longer medium-chain lauric acid and other long-chain fatty acids such as myristic, palmitic and oleic acids etc (these fatty acids have energy values ranging from approx. 8 to 9.4 kcal/g), the overall actual energy value of coconut oil becomes ...read more »