Coconut is a member of palm tree family. It is also called ” Tree of life “. Some researches shows that it is originated from south east Asia. Coconuts are grown in the tropical regions. Coconut is a fruit whose every inch is useful such as its flesh or meat is eaten in fresh or dried form, its water is full of nutrients and a great source of hydration, its cover is used as a charcoal for cooking purpose, its oil is used in cooking and medicines. It is also a good source of electrolytes. In India coconut is used almost in every spiritual and traditional ceremony.
COCONUT IS USED IN THESE FORMS :
- Coconut flesh or meat
- Coconut water
- Coconut oil
- Coconut milk
- Coconut butter etc.
COCONUT FLESH :
Coconut flesh or meat comes from both immature coconut which is green in colour and from mature which is brown in colour.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT FLESH :
BOOST IMMUNITY :
Coconut helps to improve your immune system as it contains two essential compounds that has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties called caprylic acid and lauric acid, they both can fight with variety of diseases and virus keeping your body’s immune system strong.
RICH IN FIBER :
Coconut is rich in fiber content and fiber helps to improves digestion and helps to prevent constipation also improves cholestrol level. 1 small bowl of coconut contains around 7 grams of fiber.
RICH IN VITAMINS AND MINERALS :
Coconut is rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as B1, B3, B5, C and minerals. Coconut also contains selerium, carbohydrates, proteins, copper, manganese and calcium, and all of these are essential for healthy functioning of body.
BONE HEALTH :
Coconut can make your bones healthy. Coconut itself contains calcium which is essential for bone health but it also improves the ability of body to absorb calcium. Consuming coconut on daily basis can make your bones strong and prevent you from the risk of osteoporosis ( a condition in which bones becomes weak and are more prone to breakage ).
ORAL HEALTH :
Coconut improves oral health because of its anti-bacterial properties. Chewing coconut flesh or meat kills bacteria in mouth and makes your teeth and gums healthy.
COCONUT WATER :
Coconut water comes from the both the mature and immature coconuts but mature coconut contains small amount of water whereas immature coconut contains good amount of water in it . One normal sized immature coconut contains around 400 ml of water.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER :
BOOST METABOLISM :
Coconut water helps to boost metabolism which means you can burn calories at a faster rate. Coconut water is low in fat and has less calories, you can use it as a substitute for ready made energy drink after your hard workouts. Coconut water also contains potassium and has less sodium which lead to less water retention.
SKIN CARE :
Coconut water can hydrate you very well from inside and makes your skin glowing naturally. Coconut water also contains vitamin C which helps in collagen production, providing firmness to the skin. If you apply coconut water topically it will make your skin wrinkle free, remove excess oil and gives you glow.
DETOXIFY BODY :
Coconut water can be used for flushing out heavy metals and toxins out of the body because it is alkaline which helps to clean body from inside. Consuming coconut water provides you instant energy containing all the essential nutrients which are required for better hydration and body cleansing. You can also use coconut water as a base for your detox drink.
FIGHTS WITH FLU AND VIRUS :
Coconut water contains lauric acid which helps in fighting with flu. To increase the efficiency of your immune system it is important to hydrate your body and coconut water can hydrate your body very well during flu or virus as it contains all the essential electrolytes. Consuming coconut water during flu or virus will help you to recover faster.
Coconut water is a very good source of providing hydration to the body as it contains 92% of water , it can hydrate you very well during hot summer days. It would be better if you consume coconut water from the fresh immature coconut as it contains various salt that are only found in sea.
COCONUT OIL :
Coconut oil is extracted from the dried coconuts, just like coconut flesh and water it also provides benefits to the body in many ways.
SKIN CARE :
Coconut oil has so many benefits for skin. It can be used for solving variety of skin problems. You can simply apply coconut oil in these ways :
- Apply coconut oil for stretch marks
- Apply it as a night cream
- Apply it before going into swiming pool as it will protect your skin from the harmful chemicals present in the pool
- Apply it on your lips to prevent or treat dryness
- Use it as an insect repellent
- Use it as a diaper rash cream for babies
- Use it a natural makeup remove etc.
HAIR CARE :
The way coconut oil has so many benefits for skin, similarly it can do wonders for your hair. You can simply apply coconut oil on your hair and scalp. It will provide following benefits :
- Prevent and reduces dandruff
- Moisturizes scalp
- Provide shine to your hair
- Improves hair growth
- Nourishes hair follicles.
REDUCES INFLAMMATION :
Coconut oil is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. Applying coconut oil topically on the affected area helps to reduce inflammation and pain. It also provides strength to muscles.
IMPROVES SLEEP :
Applying coconut oil on forehead or massaging it on your scalp before sleeping can give you a better sleep because it improves blood circulation and provides relaxation to the nerves.
SIDE EFFECT OF EXCESS INTAKE OF COCONUT :
- It can increase cholestrol because it contains saturated fats
- Excess intake may cause weight gain
- It may cause upset stomach
- It may cause acidity.