Coconut Oil

About Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes from the coconut meat of palm tree and is a member of the Arecaceae family. The scientific name of coconut is Cocos nucifera and its oil have been used for centuries in traditional diets. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin or can be taken orally and is classified as a superfood because it is a highly nutritious “functional food”. Coconut oil provides many health benefits and is a source of essential fatty acids. Coconut oil also helps the body absorb vitamins.

Coconut Oil Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Coconut oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber and it is used to treat many health problems including acne because of its antibacterial properties. Coconut oil has moisturizing properties that can help with dandruff, moisturizing your scalp and hair. Coconut oil benefits people with atopic dermatitis also known as atopic eczema, which is an inflammation of the skin that produces swollen, itchy, red, and cracked skin. Hypothyroidism the most common cause of thyroid disease is an autoimmune disorder but coconut oil can help to treat and manage this condition when taken orally. Additionally, coconut oil also has anti-stress and antioxidant properties.

Coconut Oil Nutritional Information

Coconut oil is a concentrated food source of saturated fats. 100 grams of coconut oil contain more than 1,800mg of Omega-6 Fatty Acid, a healthy polyunsaturated fat that is an essential nutrient for your brain, skin, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Coconut Oil Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)

Nutrition Facts
Calories 862 (43%)
Calories from Fat 862
Total Fat 100 g (154%)
Saturated Fat 86.5 g (432%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.8 g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 1,800 mg

Vitamins
Vitamin E Alpha-Tocopherol 0.1 mg
Vitamin K Phylloquinone 0.5 mcg (1%)
Choline 0.3 mg

Sterols
Phytosterols 86 mg

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate % daily values based on 2,000 calories.

References:
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/coconut-oil/383
https://blog.curesdecoded.com/is-coconut-oil-good-for-dry-skin-and-face/
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/508/2