Before medical doctors, traditional healers in the tropics used to treat the sick and the injured with coconut oil. In the Samoan Islands and the Philippines, traditional healers used coconut oil to treat injuries such as burns, cuts and bruises. In India, ancient Ayurvedic medicine recommended using coconut oil to improve hair growth and protect the skin from infections and sunburns. Coconut oil supports weight management, performance enhancement, immune strength and hair health. Coconut oil acts as a good moisturizer and improves skin health such as dry skin, although the specific mechanism of action that provides these benefits is yet to be determined. It can be consumed as a supplement, used topically or used in cooking and baking.
Lauric Acid: When we consume lauric acid, it gets converted to monolaurin in our body providing anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal protection. This protection can increase our immune strength and prevent sickness.
Medium Chain Triglycerides: Medium chain triglyceride consumption can support weight management, performance enhancement and hair health.
- Weight Management: Studies show that medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.
- Performance Enhancement: Studies show that MCT consumption can provide sustenance and energy, improving performance of athletes.
- Hair Health: The triglycerides in lauric acid can penetrate inside the hair cuticle and cortex, reducing protein loss in healthy and damaged hair – preventing the formation of ‘split ends’.
To grow the coconut tree, first a fresh coconut that still has its husk on is soaked in water for 2 to 3 days. The soaked coconut is then planted in well-drained soil, with 1/3rd of the coconut above the soil. The seedling appears after 3 to 6 months. The coconut tree takes approximately 7 years to grow, and has a long life span of 80 to 90 years. When the coconut matures, farmers collect the coconut from the tree. The oil is obtained from the meat found inside mature coconuts.