Healthy Living: 10 reasons to buy coconut oil

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It’s been hailed as a miracle product due to its vast health benefits and unlimited uses.

And at less than £10 a pot here’s 10 reasons why this magical, tropical elixir is definitely worth investing in.

Weight loss

Unlike most saturated fats, coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are instantly digested and used as energy instead of being stored as fat.

This makes exercising easier and suppresses the appetite by keeping you fuller for longer.

Antibacterial

Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make coconut oil ideal for treating wounds, rashes, insect bites, cold sores and fungal infections.

The fatty acids in the oil help to protect against bad bacteria and have been proven to help fight inflammation, viruses and infections.

Moisturiser

Not only does coconut oil act as an excellent skin softener, it also reduces wrinkles, fine lines and under eye bags.

Its natural ingredients mean it can be used on the most sensitive skin and is often used to treat acne, eczema, irritation and rashes.

Energy boost

Coconut oil’s molecular structure means it is immediately metabolised, resulting in quick energy boost and increased mental alertness.

Use it as a substitute for other fats when cooking or take a tablespoon when you fancy something sweet – an effective way to reduce sugar cravings.

Lowers cholesterol

Its high levels of saturated fat do not harm the blood lipid profile as previously thought.

Instead they help to increase the good cholesterol and lower the bad which over time reduces the risk of heart disease, type two diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Improves digestion

Taking a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning will keep your digestive track running smoothly and helps prevent constipation.

The oil is easily digested and can reduce symptoms of IBS such as stomach cramps, gas and bloating.

Dental health

Coconut oil can freshen breath, whiten teeth and reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth.

Add it to toothpaste, use as a mouthwash or try oil-pulling – a process which involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for 20 minutes each morning before spitting it out.

Makeup remover

Coconut oil is gentle, natural and far better for skin than store bought products.

It effectively removes all traces of makeup and leaves skin feeling soothed and refreshed.

Gently wipe the oil over your face with cotton wool then rinse with water for a clean, fresh and healthy glow.

Banishes BO

The lauric acid in coconut oil has been proven to kill odour-causing bacteria making it a suitable alternative to deodorant.

A slather of coconut oil under each arm will keep you smelling fresh and leave skin soft and moisturised without causing white marks.

Conditions hair

Rich in protective fatty acids that work with keratin - the main protein in hair, applying a little coconut oil to ends daily will reduce breakage and split ends.

Alternatively apply as an overnight mask and wash off the following morning for an intense conditioning treatment.