Food For Your Face: Coconuts
The coconut has risen to be a miracle food, giving us coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil, and even coconut milk ice cream! How has this feared fatty food come out of the shadows to be revered by celebrities and doctors for its health and beauty benefits?
We take a closer look at how this literal black-egg became popular once again.
5 Food Facts
- Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (good fats), not the common long-chain. This means our bodies absorb them differently and they provide different health benefits for your heart and skin. Being a good source of energy, the oil can also speed up your metabolism.
- Coconut water is a good source of potassium that is important in maintaining muscle and nerve function.
- Coconuts are high in Manganese, which is important for bone health.
- Coconut water is deceivingly sweet as it actually contains low sugar levels.
- Coconuts are good for your immunity. Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, which converts to a compound found in breast milk. This compound is found to strengthen a baby’s immunity and it is thought to have the same result when consumed via coconuts.
5 Fun Facts
- Coconuts can be traced back to prehistoric times and they are believed to have come from the South Pacific area.
- The coconut was named by the sailors aboard Vasco de Gama’s ships who called it “Coco” after a grimacing face. The English added the suffix ‘nut’, giving the coconut its name today.
- The sap from an unopened coconut flower can make a potent drink called Lambanog. If you are holidaying in the Philippines and are offered to try it, beware as the drink is 80-90 proof! On the flip-side, it is organic and chemical-free so a couple of sips won’t hurt.
- Coconuts are sometimes called the ‘fluid of life’ or ‘tree of life’ because they can be a short-term substitute for human blood plasma. In fact, it was used as emergency intravenous fluid during the war.
- Burning the husk of a coconut creates an effective mosquito repellent.
Coconut oil is a great all-natural beauty product, nourishing and hydrating your skin by replenishing your natural oils. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconuts are also anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral making the application of coconut oil great for problem skin.
Aside from having a smell that reminds us of a tropical getaway, the coconut features in many of Eminence Organic products due to its healthy skin benefits. Coconut Oil can be found in the Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer, Masque and Body Lotion which all provide rich hydration and nourishment to a mature skin. Coconut naturally contains electrolytes to keep skin hydrated and is also a great source of Vitamin C, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. If you feel you need extra hydration, especially during the cooler months, then the Coconut Age Corrective Collection can be a game changer, keeping your skin soft, dewy and moisturised.
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