The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil


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Winter time is associated with dry skin, or at least it is for me. In my research for a moisturizer, I found myself reading up on coconut oil for its use both as a moisturizer, and a generalized health supplement to my diet, and something that can be applied topically.

What about Acne?

Manufacturers of acne medications and therapies make tons of money promoting their products, and although they may work, I found that in my teen years, nothing worked as well as an antibiotic to clear up my face. An interesting thing about coconut oil is that it has antimicrobial properties that research has shown are effective in fighting bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

It works by destroying the cell membranes of bacteria, much like certain antibiotics. Apparently, the most effective antimicrobial part of coconut oil is lauric acid, which is luckily an abundant part of the coconut oils.

Studies have shown that coconut oils are beneficial for reducing acne vulgaris and other P. acnes-associated diseases, and it even has been shown to reduce the presence of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff.

Coconut oil (specifically virgin/unrefined coconut oil) is also beneficial to your skin due to its non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) properties, as well as it’s antioxidant properties.

So if you’re feeling bold, try incorporating coconut oil into your diet for its internal benefits, as well as consider the topical application on your skin and hair.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24328700
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19665786