Coconut trees are not just famous for their cool coconut water, and by products, they come with benefits beyond tropical scenery and tasty desserts.  Coconut oil, in particular, can help keep your body healthy. The waxy, sweet-flavoured oil can be used both in food and on the body, giving it a variety of uses that support wellness. We,Indians know it, very well. 

From fighting bacteria and viruses to moisturising skin and hair, this incredible oil is a natural, inexpensive way to support the health of our body--both inside and out. To take advantage of all coconut oil has to offer, here's what we need to know. 

Healthy Saturated Fats?
For years, coconut oil was considered unhealthy because it contains saturated fat. Furthermore, its bad reputation was based on a highly processed version of the oil called partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which goes through chemical processes that kill essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other key nutritional components. Yet today, scientists are beginning to recognize that not all saturated fats are unhealthy, and additional studies are discovering the benefits of the less processed, virgin form of the oil. 

Virgin Coconut oil's main benefits come from the saturated fat lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that supports total wellness; other beneficial medium-chain fatty acids in the oil are capric acid and caprylic acid. Coconut oil also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals, which can damage cells and lead to a number of diseases. 

We will come back to some key benefits of coconut oil in our next article......