Used for thousands of years by cultures in Southeast Asia, coconut contains many healing properties that have left our team at Goliath NutriPower going NUTS over coconuts.
According to Dr. Axe, one of the leading functional medicine practitioners, coconut oil has a plethora of benefits including:
– Treatment to fight Alzheimer’s Disease
– Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
– Treats UTI and Kidney Infections
– Protects the Liver
– Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
– Help Prevent Cancer and Treatment
– Boosts the Immune System
– Acts as an Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiviral Helping Fight Candida and Yeast Infections
– Improves Cognitive Function
– Improves Digestion
– Increases Energy and Metabolism
– Improves skin conditions (both when used internally and topically)
– Helps Balance Hormones
But what specifically gives this “superfood” its super powers?
Well, the majority of coconut’s health benefits can be attributed to its chemical structure as a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) or medium chain triglyceride (MCT), and the 3 primary lipids that it contains.
Wait, you said “medium chain fatty acid”?
Yes. Medium chain fatty acids are a classification of fats (lipids) that contain shorter carbon chains unlike their long chain fatty counterparts, which are found primarily in plant-based oils. This particular chemical structure gives medium chain fatty acids some distinct advantages such as:
– Quicker and easier to digest
– Helps rid the body of fungus and microbes (antifungal and antimicrobial)
– Smaller size allows fatty acids to easily penetrate cell membranes providing a quicker source of energy
– They are processed by the liver where they are more easily converted to energy
Coconut oil primarily is made of up the following three fatty acids, each providing their own benefit:
– Caprylic acid
– Lauric acid
– Capric acid
Trifecta of Medium Chain Fatty Acids
The first of the coconut oil’s trifecta of medium chain fatty acids is caprylic acid. Research suggests that caprylic acid may have positive effects on inflammation, cancer, autism, circulation, immune system and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s.
One of the most well-known and beneficial applications of caprylic acid is in its ability to act as an antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial solution, most commonly used to help fight conditions like candida overgrowth.
Simplified, candida overgrowth is the overgrowth of the yeast strain candida albicans in the mouth intestinal tract and vagina. This can be a result of high sugar/high-refined carbohydrate diet, insufficient gut microbiome, excessive antibiotic use, etc.
Caprylic acid fights candida and other yeast/bacteria by penetrating the cell membranes, causing them to die.
Additionally, caprylic acid is effectively converted to ketones, which can be utilized for energy in the body and help burn body fat in the presence of a lower carbohydrate diet.
The second (and primary) super fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid containing the longest carbon chain of the three MCFAs with 12 carbons. Lauric acid also has antimicrobial and antiviral properties and is the precursor to monolaurin. When converted to monolaurin, lauric acid has the ability to kill a variety of pathogens in the body, making it an effective solution for a number of infections, digestive disorders, and chronic conditions.
Research has shown that lauric acid is beneficial in the treatment of the flu, common cold, yeast infections, strep, herpes simplex virus, and HIV/AIDS.
While capric acid is slightly longer in length compared to caprylic acid (10 carbons vs. 8 carbons), it contains many of the same benefits of caprylic acid.
Because coconut oil contains so many amazing benefits and holds much promise in healing, it’s the perfect compound to include in your health and recovery protocol. For this reason we include coconut oil in our recovery products like our Pain Away CBD/MSM topical solution.
Benefits of Coconut for Skin
Who doesn’t want that healthy flawless glow year round?
I know I do… And the skinny on skin health is that it is a direct reflection of your internal gut health, however, topical applications can be extremely beneficial in helping rid pores of dirt, bacteria, and giving the skin the moisture it needs and deserves.
If you Google natural or DIY acne skin care products, one of the main ingredients that will come up consistently is coconut. In its natural and organic form, coconut is very gentle on your skin, but provides a ton of excellent dermatological benefits, according to Harvard School of Public Health.
Here are just a few of the key reasons to use coconut and how to make your own DIY face and body scrub.
Coconut Has Excellent Nutrients
When you start looking at DIY recipes for skin care products and masks, or you decide to buy over-the-counter natural skin care products, you will notice that coconut is often included in them. This is often coconut oil, but some of them opt for using coconut milk.
The reason for this is apparent in the numerous benefits coconut can provide; such as making your hair shiny, helping clean your teeth (have you tried oil pulling?), moisturizing your skin, and hydrating your body. It can also help with your acne.
In addition to its fatty acid content, coconut oil has antimicrobials, more specifically lauric acid or monolaurin, which help to remove the bacteria that can cause acne in the first place. Another important nutrient in coconut is vitamin E, which can also help to clear blocked sebum glands and improve your skin’s overall appearance.
It is a Potent Anti-Inflammatory
Coconut also happens to be a natural anti-inflammatory, which means it can help reduce the inflammation in your skin. Adult acne is often linked to excessive inflammation (and GUT HEALTH), so this can help clear up the breakouts and reduce the problem in the future. Coconut oil especially can penetrate deeply into your skin layers, so if you keep using products with coconut oil, you won’t have a big problem with acne in the future.
Make Your Own DIY Coconut Scrub
If you are going to make your own acne skin care products with coconut, you first want to choose virgin coconut oil. This is in its natural form, so it doesn’t contain any additives or artificial ingredients. Since exfoliating your skin is important when trying to get rid of adult acne, making a scrub with coconut oil is an excellent option.
If you want to make your own scrub, start by getting the right type of coconut oil. You then want to heat it up over low heat so that it is in a thinner form that is easier to work with. Use salt or brown sugar as the scrubbing agent, combining it with the coconut oil until it becomes a paste that you can scrub on your face. You can also add some essential oils if you like.
Your body is a temple and you need to take care of it! Enjoy this amazing body scrub recipe to give you gorgeous and flawless skin!
COCONUT ROSE BODY SCRUB
- 1 Tablespoon Room Temperature Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Finely Ground Pink Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt
- 3-4 Drops Rose Organic Essential Oil
Simply whisk these three ingredients together with a fork for a ready-to-use scrub! Use on face, hands, feet, arms, and legs. Store leftovers in an airtight container and use daily for beautiful, radiantly glowing skin!
Sources and Resources:
Schultz, L.H., Smith, V.R., Lardy, H.A (1949). The effect of the administration of various fatty acids on the blood ketone levels of ruminants. Journal of Diary Science, 32, 817 – 822.