Coconut milk and its 10 Amazing Health, Skin and Hair Benefits

Coconut milk is obtained from the grated pulp of a mature coconut. It is full of essential nutrients such as – carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats that benefit not only your hair and skin but also your overall health. You may have heard some of your friends rave about the benefits of inducing coconut milk in their hair and skincare routines. But is the hype really real? Let us find out.

Several health experts and doctors have spoken about the countless benefits that coconut milk offers. Health organizations such as the World Health Organisation, International College of nutrition, and The United States food and drug administration have spoken about coconut milk. It is a great substitute for you if you are vegan or are trying to avoid dairy for other health concerns.

Let us have a look at a few of these benefits:

10. Improved Energy and controlled blood pressure.

Apart from its awesome taste, coconut milk contains a beneficial fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can be easily absorbed in the blood stream in order to generate energy. Although these fats are saturated, you need not worry about them raising your cholesterol levels. In fact, coconut milk will help you lower cholesterol and keep your blood pressure under control. This further leads to a healthy heart and prevention of conditions such as a stroke.

9. Antibacterial.

Ever wondered what causes acne? Bacteria does. Coconut milk is anti-bacterial and helps fight acne-causing bacteria that thrive inside as well as outside your body. While consuming small servings of coconut milk is advisable to maintain overall health, it would be wise to make sure that coconut milk is something that your skin likes. Due to its richness, coconut milk can sometimes prove comedogenic (substances that have the ability to clog the pores on your skin) and hence it is better to make sure that it really does suit you. In some cases, coconut milk may not prove to be beneficial, so steer clear of it.

8. Combating stress and muscle tension.

Coconut milk contains minerals important for circulating blood and controlling its pressure/flow, it eases the tension in your muscles thereby making you more relaxed. It keeps your blood vessels flexible, elastic and prevents plaque from building up. Its magnesium content will help release bodily tension. There is a reason why coconut oil is used in body and hair massages. It has soothing properties that help calm your nerves.

7. Provides Electrolytes and prevents Fatigue

Coconut milk, just like coconut water happens to be rich in electrolytes that will maintain blood volume, regulate heart health and prevent dehydration and diarrhea. This is a special benefit for people residing in areas that have hot/humid weather throughout the year. Following a bout of flu or immediately after exercising, consuming a serving of coconut milk can be of enormous advantage.

6. Helps lose weight.

Along with providing energy after you have exercised, coconut milk is also going to help you reduce the extra flab that you have been trying to get rid of. According to a study done by the School of Dietician and Human Nutrition, consuming a diet rich in ingredients such as coconut milk, will help you dispose of redundant adipose tissue. Coconut milk is considered a fat-burning food and hence helps a great deal in aiding people who are trying to reduce weight.

5. Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation.

Constipation happens when there are some issues with your digestive tract or eating habits in general. Coconut hydrates the digestive tract, thereby improving your gut health and preventing conditions like constipation and other digestive issues. It also gets rid of impurities in your gut thus aiding the process of digestion so as to maintain overall health as well.

4. Helps in managing blood sugar levels and prevents anaemia.

Coconut milk contains a considerable amount of fat which controls the amount of sugar released into the bloodstream, hence controlling the overall sugar levels. This may further help in preventing extreme conditions like diabetes. Coconut milk provides plant-rich iron which can further help in preventing anemia (Anaemia is a deficiency of healthy red blood cells in the blood stream).

3. Coconut milk for Hair.

Owing to its excellent moisturizing properties, coconut milk helps nourish and repair dry and damaged hair.  It can be used as a tonic for dry and itchy scalp. A gentle massage for 5 minutes with home-made coconut oil can prevent brittle hair and split ends thereby improving overall hair health. It also promotes hair growth since it contains essential nutrients and vitamins that are required to boost hair follicles. It conditions your hair and adds volume to it.

2. Acts as a makeup remover and Prevents Premature Ageing.

Rather than using facial makeup removal wipes that can be extremely abrasive on your skin or harsh cleansers that may prove damaging to your skin, coconut milk can act as a good substitute to help you remove makeup. It is gentle on your skin unlike other jarring treatments and also nourishes your skin so as to rejuvenate it and give it that dewy glow.

It is a common complaint that the skin ages prematurely and there aren’t enough natural ingredients out there to combat it. Coconut milk contains Vitamin C, and copper which have several benefits for your skin such as – maintaining elasticity and flexibility, prevention of wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. You can make DIY masks using coconut milk and other ingredients to deal with your current skincare concern.

1. Treats Sunburn, Moisturises the skin and treats skin ailments.

Coconut milk has anti-inflammatory properties which help in the rapid healing of sunburns. It helps in cooling the skin, reducing pain, redness and swelling. All of us have heard of taking a milk bath. It is time to substitute your normal milk with coconut milk. It combats dryness and promotes a healthy, glowing skin.

Due to its moisturising and nutritional properties, coconut milk can help deal with major skin issues such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. However, different skin types have different tolerance and reactions to coconut related products that are applied topically. Therefore, it would always be advisable to perform patch tests for a little period so as to make sure that you will actually benefit from the product instead of having to face any side effects.

These are just a few benefits of coconut milk and there are definitely many more ways in which it can be of advantage to you. Make sure that you do not over-consume it, since it is only good so long as it is taken in limited quantities. Too much of anything is never good!

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