Benefits of Coconut Oil

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WEIGHT LOSS
– The saturated fat found in coconut oil is a particular type of fat known as MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). MCTs are metabolized in the body differently from other      saturated fats. They’re rarely stored as body fat — the body prefers to use them for energy, almost like carbohydrates, though they don’t raise blood sugar the way carbs do.
– MCTs in coconut increased fat burning, calorie expenditure and also led to diminished fat storage.
– Another study found that consumption of coconut oil fats over the course of 27 days increased both fat burning and calorie expenditure in women.
http://www.thatsfit.com/2010/05/17/coconut-oil-for-weight-loss/

HAIR
– Hydrophobic oil characteristics allow it to inhibit the penetration of water from the surrounding air and environment.
– Coconut oil is able to bind to the natural protein structure of the hair. This helps the hair retain its natural moisture content and reinforces the hair fiber, making it stronger.
– Coats and conditions the outer cuticle layer enhancing shine and increasing the hair fiber’s pliability.
– Reduces friction and static electricity between the hair fibers.
– Using coconut oil as pre-shampoo treatment is better than using it post-wash. This is partly owing to the fact that coconut oil only seems to penetrate wet hair fibers.
– Black hair, which is more susceptible to damage and high porosity problems, tends to take in more water during the washing process. This causes it to swell considerably more than normal, healthy hair when wet. Coconut oil helps reduce this water uptake and swelling by binding to the proteins and keeping excess water out. This results in less trauma to the hair fiber as it naturally contracts to dry.
– Has the ability to prevent protein loss and reduce hair porosity
http://blackgirllonghair.com/2011/12/the-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
SKIN
– For skin it is a moisturizer, antibiotic, multivitamin, multi-nutrient, nourishing, anti-aging, anti wrinkle and anti-oxidant – All in one! And it is completely natural too!
–  Does not clog your pores. It literally melts into your skin, providing it with all the benefits it truly deserves.
– coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture.
-increases the levels of skin surface lipids, which softens it, making it less rough. Small wounds (caused by acne or pimples) also soften and heal quickly.
– Has been shown to possess antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
– Coconut Oil has the ability to cure acne. Its anti microbial properties kill the bacteria which causes acne.
– A powerful antioxidant to smooth away your wrinkles.  Coconut oil nourishes the skin and helps prevent premature aging
http://www.gnet.org/coconut-oil-all-in-one-natural-solution-for-your-skin/
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