VCO helps in healthy growth of hair by providing them a shinny complexion. Massage your head regularly with VCO to make your scalp free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged air. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.
VCO is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue.
VCO acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. VCO does not cause any adverse side effects on the skin. Therefore, it is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. VCO also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.
VCO is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.
VCO is very useful in reducing weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight.
Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.
VCO helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, that cause indigestion. VCO also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
VCO strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. VCO is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.
VCO is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. VCO is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.
The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases as they substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.
VCO helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.
VCO helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.
VCO improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus making it very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.
Calcium is an important element present in teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in getting strong teeth. VCO also stops tooth decay.
HIV and Cancer
It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients.