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Coconuts are a sweet, exotic fruit. Every portion of the coconut tree may provide for our needs regularly. We can acquire a variety of products from a coconut tree, including oil, milk, flesh, wood for fuel, and husk for scrubbers. Additionally, coconut is loaded with therapeutic and beauty benefits.

All of us have grown up knowing the advantages of coconut oil for beauty, particularly for hair. Coconut hair oil is a common household item in India. We’ve been told that it serves as a natural conditioner and guards against hair damage. However, less is known about its health advantages. Even though several Southern Indian states include it in their regular diet.

Synonyms of Coconut

  • Cocos
  • Cocos Nucifera
  • Narial
  • Genus Cocos
  • Coco
  • Coco Palm

Nutritional Facts of Coconut

Energy: 350 kcal
Carbohydrates: 15.23 g
Sugars: 6.23 g
Dietary fiber: 9.0 g
Fat: 33.49 g
Protein: 3.33 g

Phytochemical Constituents of Coconut

  • Phenols
  • Tannins
  • Leucoanthocyanidins
  • Flavonoids
  • Triterpenes
  • Steroids 
  • Alkaloids

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Therapeutic Uses of Coconut

  • Manage Diabetes

Insulin secretion and blood glucose utilization are enhanced by coconut. It manages diabetes by having a beneficial impact on the hormones that regulate blood sugar. 


  • Boosts Blood Sugar Control

Coconut may assist to balance your blood sugar because it is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and fat. According to the study, coconut meat’s high fiber content can also aid in slow digestion and enhance insulin resistance, both of which can help control blood sugar levels.


  • Helps to enhance the beauty

The possible benefits of coconut oil for the skin include lowering inflammation, maintaining skin moisture, and promoting wound healing. Medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil have antibacterial qualities that can assist cure acne and shield the skin from dangerous microorganisms.


  • Controls Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are treated using coconut’s natural diuretic properties. It increases urine flow to help the body naturally clear itself of the infection.


  • Coconut For Viral Infections

The hepatitis C virus, the visna virus, the cytomegalovirus, the Epstein-Barr virus, the influenza virus, the leukemia virus, the pneumonia virus, and other viruses can all be effectively treated with coconut oil. The majority of these organisms are killed by the fatty acids in coconut oil by disrupting their membranes and preventing the development and maturation of viruses.

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Home Remedies Coconut

  • Stop Yeast Infection – Candida

A serious illness known as candidiasis is brought on by an overabundance of the yeast Candida albicans in the intestines. Coconut oil reduces the inflammation brought on by candida. The ability of coconut oil to retain moisture prevents the skin from peeling. Candida albicans are hindered by the lauric, capric, and capric acids present in coconut oil.


  • Stress Comfort

When used as an aromatherapy carrier, pure virgin coconut oil is extremely calming and reduces stress. Due to its antioxidant characteristics, coconut oil can be gently massaged on the head to help reduce mental tension and exhaustion.


  • Dermatitis 

When compared to other mineral oils, research shows that virgin coconut oil helps reduce the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.


  • Improves Digestion And Eases Constipation

Electrolytes and other minerals found in large quantities in coconut milk aid in the movement of food through the intestines. Consuming coconut milk is regarded as healthy and aids in the treatment of constipation because drinking regular milk can result in lactose intolerance.


  • Prevents Ulcers

Coconut milk will be quite helpful for you if you are suffering from stomach ulcers. It combats microorganisms that cause ulcers by having antibacterial and anti-ulcer characteristics. It is extremely helpful in the treatment of ulcers because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. One glass of coconut milk per week is healthy and useful.


  • Coconut Husk for Piles 

The pain and bleeding associated with piles are immediately relieved by the mixture of Buttermilk and coconut husk. The high lignin and cellulose content of coconut husk accounts for its high calorific value. It possesses therapeutic qualities that are anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive. It significantly lessens discomfort and bleeding associated with piles issues.

Ayurvedic Aspects of Coconut

Ayurveda places a great value on coconut as a superfood. It predominantly has a sweet taste and a cooling impact on the body. Pitta and vata are balanced, but too much might worsen Kapha.

Due to its Snigdha (oily) and Ropan (healing) characteristics, coconut oil is said to aid in wound healing and treat scars, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Because coconut oil is Keshya (promotes hair development) and Snigdha (oily), massaging your scalp with it can assist to promote hair growth and prevent dandruff.


Daily dose:  


Raw Coconut : To get the most benefits from coconut, though, you need to consume roughly 100 g of it each day.


Coconut Water : Experts recommended to have one to two cups of coconut water per day


Coconut Milk : The recommended daily intake of coconut water is not predetermined. One to two cups are frequently enjoyed daily by those who routinely consume it.

Side Effects of Coconut

  • Allergic Responses

Some people may be sensitive to coconut or its oil and experience normal mild allergic reactions such as hives and skin irritation. More severe reactions may result in a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction.


  • High Blood Pressure

Consume coconut in moderation because eating too much potassium can produce symptoms including palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, and vomiting, as well as a dip in blood pressure.


  • Probable Weight Gain

When consumed in moderation, coconut helps people lose weight because its dietary fibers fill the stomach, curb hunger, and limit overeating. Leptin and the peptide YY hormone are released more readily when coconut medium-chain triglycerides are consumed. These hormones aid in weight loss by lowering food cravings.

However, because of its high calorific value of 354 calories per 100 grams, overconsumption of coconut may result in weight gain.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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