Coconut is a tropical fruit that is wondrous for its many health benefits. This is one fruit that can be extensively used starting from its flesh to its hard outer shell. Coconuts first originated in the Indian Ocean basin, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and South India, however, it was cultivated in the Pacific Basin in countries namely Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and some eastern Polynesian islands. Since it got transported to the rest of the world and has been a rage for its amazing health and usage benefits.
Health benefits of coconut meat:
Coconut is a vital source of nutrition and is an excellent addition to the diet to strengthen the immune system. It is anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic that is imperative for the immune system to function well. Also, the flesh of the coconut is touted to have healing properties because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fiber is an essential inclusion in the everyday diet to maintain the health of the gut flora. Coconut being rich in fiber prevents indigestion and acid reflux and is great for tummy health regularizing bowel movement.
Eating raw coconut flesh reduces LDL or the bad cholesterol in the bloodstream lowering the risk of cardiovascular ailments and heart-related diseases.
Boosts weight loss
Coconut has traces of manganese that boosts metabolism and contributes to weight loss.
Coconut flesh is extremely nutrient rich as it is loaded with Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. It also has an abundant source of iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium.
Health Benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil was once considered to be a source of bad fat, but recent researches have proved that it is high in saturated fatty acids, especially lauric acid that improves HDL, or levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.
Improves brain function
Coconut oil boosts memory and prevents age-related mental diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases.
Being a natural antibiotic, coconut oil treats and prevents Urinary Tract Infection. It prevents the growth of bacteria that cause UTI.
Oil-pulling eliminates bacteria in the mouth and coconut oil is a good choice for that.
Coconut oil is a potent anti-inflammatory natural medication that lubricates the body joints thereby treating arthritis and joint pain.
(Also read about the many benefits of coconut water)
Benefits of coconut milk
Besides the flesh, oil, and water, Coconut milk can also be extracted and it has some amazing health benefits too.
Suitable for vegans
Coconut milk is not an animal byproduct and hence is suitable for vegans. Also if you are allergic to milk or have lactose intolerance, you may opt for coconut milk.
Good source of energy
Coconut milk has good calorie content and is a good source of energy. If you drink a glass of coconut milk daily, it will give you the benefits of both coconut water and coconut meat.
Coconut milk cools down your system, so having a glass of coconut milk addresses issues like ulcers, inflammation and stomach-related problems.
Enjoy coconut in any form, it is immensely beneficial to your health.