It is a fruit belonging to the Cocos nucifera family. This nut is one of the famous ingredients used in the kitchens of India. Hundreds of coconut species are present all over India and the taste varies as per the soil alkalinity. The outer part is green in color which turns to brown as the nut matures. Below the hard shell, the edible white part is available, also known as the meat. Freshly harvested coconut contains sweet water in it which is very beneficial for the overall health. Coconut is healthy as well as safe even if consumed during pregnancy and is beneficial for the pregnant mother.
This nut is rich in most of the nutrients and is very healthy. The nutrients present in it are:-
- Rich in energy
- Dietary Fiber
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin A, C, E & K
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT/HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER:-
Rich in Fiber
Coconut is rich in dietary fiber and provides around 61% of fiber. This dietary fiber slows the release of glucose and transports it to the cell where it is converted into energy. It helps the body in relieving stress on the pancreas and the enzyme systems which reduces the risk of the development of diabetes.
Cytokinins, kinetin, and trans-zeatin are available in coconut and possesses anti-thrombotic, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-aging effects on the human body.
It acts as an antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and as well as anti-parasitic. Intake of coconut oil enhances the body’s defense system and increases the resistance to viruses and bacteria that might lead to several disorders. Consuming it raw form help to treat illness such as throat infections, bronchitis, UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), tapeworms and other problems caused due to microbes.
Reduces Abdominal Fats
It is also beneficial in treating the harmful fats present in the abdominal cavity. Abdominal fats are very dangerous in all the fats and are they are linked to several diseases. A 200 gms of coconut consumed regularly help reduce the BMI and as well as waist circumference in just 12 weeks.
Consumption of coconut on a regular basis daily is much healthier when it is compared to those who don’t. In some of the countries, is a dietary fiber that people have survived on for many generations.
It increases the body energy by burning down fat. The triglycerides present in coconut oil increase the 24 hrs of energy usage by around 5% and thus leading to weight loss. It also reduces hunger. This is related to the way fatty acids metabolism in the body as the ketone appetite reducing the effect. People who consistently intake coconut products have a greater ability to survive without eating for several hours without any signs of hypoglycemia. It also promotes a healthy thyroid functioning and helps relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue.
A ketogenic diet is low in calories and carb and helps treat various diseases. It also helps treat epilepsy in children. The diet involves the eating little carbs and huge amounts of fat which lead to an increased concentration of ketone in the blood. This diet can help reduce the rate of seizures in an epileptic child.
Coconut also contains anti-cancer properties. It is mainly beneficial to treat and cure colon and breast cancer.
Keeps a person Hydrated
Coconut water contains electrolytes that maintaining hydration of the body. People involved in workouts and other physical activities should intake coconut water in their diet. The water replaces the lost electrolytes, providing hydration and also increases the immune response. It is the best alternative to water as it tastes better than simple water and is also loaded with nutrition.
Nutritious and healthy
The water is considered nutritious and much healthier than the whole milk. It contains lauric acid in it which is same as the mother’s milk. It is naturally sterile as the water permeates through the filtering husk. The water also helps cure the hangover in the morning. It is a natural isotonic drink and in the same level of isotonicity as the blood.
The diuretic property of coconut help treats urinary tract infections. It acts by improving the flow of the urine to get rid of the toxins and infection naturally.
Improves Cholesterol Levels in the Blood
It improves blood cholesterol levels in the blood and thus lowers the risk of heart problems. The saturated fats present in coconut increase the level of good cholesterol in the body and reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
The water of coconut help eliminates acidity and heartburn problems.
Useful During Pregnancy
The water is sterile and is good for the pregnant mother. It improves the immunity and the health of the mother and baby. Coconut water also prevents infection and other related diseases. It boosts the levels of amniotic fluid to improve the health of the fetus.
Coconut is rich in monolaurin and lauric acid which kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi and keeps away the infections.
Coconut water is also used to kill mouth bacteria via rinsing and reduce bad breath, and also improve the overall oral health.
Healthy bones and teeth
Consumption of coconuts on regular basis supports the development of the healthy bones and teeth. It also improves the ability of the body to absorb calcium and manganese which help in bone development. Coconut prevents osteoporosis, a condition which leads to thin and fragile bones and less bone density. It is the best alternative for those with lactose intolerant.
COCONUT FOR SKIN:-
Coconut oil prevents the skin from dryness and flakiness and maintains the moisture in the skin. It supports the skin and repairs the damage to the skin. Consumption of coconut prevents a skin problem known as neurosis, which leads to the dry, rough, and flaky skin. Also, reduces the severity of dermatitis which is easily prone to infections such as Staphylococcus aureus.
It cleanses and neutralizes the toxins, fungi, and bacteria present on the outer layers of the skin. Thus, detoxifies the skin and build up the immune system.
Prevents Dry Hands
Coconut oil is used to treat dry and parched hands. Regular dishwashing lead to dry skin. Instead of using expensive chemical cosmetics, apply coconut oil on the hands for beautiful and smooth hands.
Prevents Skin Cancer
It improves the moisture and the lipid content of the skin and prevents skin cancer by the blockage of around 20% of the harsh UV rays. It is also used as a body and skin moisturizer as it hydrates the skin. The oil is also used to clean the face by rubbing the oil in circular motions.
The oil keeps the skin young and beautiful throughout the life. The antioxidant property of this oil slows the aging process by protecting the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Massaging few drops of coconut oil on regular basis keep the skin healthy and smooth. Apply it on the skin before bath. This will help open the pores while bathing and allow the oil to absorb through the skin more effectively.
Consumption of this fruit hydrates the skin and make it look youthful. Take a tsp of raw, uncooked coconut oil and then massage the oil on the skin. This will lower the risk of skin rashes and irritations and will also beautify the skin from inside as well.
Improved Blood Circulation
It boosts the oxygen in the skin and promotes a healthy blood circulation. The cells need oxygen which can only be done by improved oxygenated blood circulation in the body. This promotes proper breathing of the skin and provides healthy and flawless complexion.
The water helps prevent skin tanning. Mix fullers earth with some coconut water and apply it on the skin. Leave it for around 20 minutes and then rinse it with cold water. Apply this mixture twice a week for a tan-free skin.
Treats Oily Skin
The water washes away excess oil in the skin and provides an even skin tone. It is also effective on acne, black spots, and blemishes. Prepare a face pack by mixing half tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of sandalwood powder, and some coconut water. Apply it to the face skin thrice a week for better results.
Help Removes Eye Makeup
Put a few drops of oil on a cotton and wipe the eyes with it. It removes the eye makeup easily by breaking down the ingredients of the makeup.
Mix a little amount of the oil and a cup of brown sugar and mix properly. Now scrape some of the coconut shells and add a few drops of the oil and mix it thoroughly. One can also add 1 tbsp coconut water and lentils to it to make a paste. Rub this mixture gently on the face for around 2 minutes and then rinse it.
COCONUT FOR HAIR:-
Prevent Scalp Infections
Coconut possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, which protect the scalp from problems such as dandruff, lice, and itchy scalp which slows the hair growth.
It promotes the growth of shiny and silky hair. The Vitamin K and Iron present in it maintains the hair health and provides shine to the hair.