1. Protect Your Skin From UV Rays
When applied to your skin, coconut oil may protect it from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, which raise your risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkling and brown spots.
However, keep in mind that it doesn't provide the same protection as conventional sunscreen, which blocks about 90% of UV rays.
2. Increase Your Metabolism
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are fatty acids that are quickly absorbed and can increase the number of calories you burn.
3. Cook Safely at High Temperatures
Coconut oil has a very high saturated fat content. In fact, about 87% of its fat is saturated. This feature makes it one of the best fats for high-heat cooking, including frying.
Saturated fats retain their structure when heated to high temperatures, unlike the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils. Oils such as corn and safflower are converted into toxic compounds when heated. These may have harmful effects on health.Therefore, coconut oil is a safer alternative for cooking at high temperatures.
4. Moisturize Your Skin
Coconut oil makes a wonderful moisturizer for your legs, arms, and elbows. You can use it on your face as well — though this isn't recommended for those with very oily skin. It can also help repair cracked heels. Simply apply a thin coat to your heels at bedtime, put on socks, and continue on a nightly basis until your heels are smooth.
5. Improve Your Dental Health
6. Relieve Skin Irritation and Eczema
7. Improve Brain Function
8. Protect Your Hair From Damage
9. Improve Wound Healing
10. Boost Bone Health
11. Remove Stains
12. Natural Deodorant
13. Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis
14. Make Your Wood Furniture Shine
15. Remove Eye Makeup