Coco is the fruit of the coconut tree, a palm belonging to the Arecaceae family and whose scientific name is Cocos nucifera. It is a plant found in abundance in warm, tropical parts of the globe. The coconut is divided into 4 distinct parts which are the envelope, the white flesh or the albumen, the water or the juice as well as the germ or the embryo.
The dried albumen is called copra. In addition to being edible, this fruit also has properties that are widely used in natural medicine and cosmetics. It also has a high nutritional value. It is particularly rich in trace elements (iron, copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc.), vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and C) and macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids).
What are the health benefits of coconut?
- Lower blood cholesterol levels and prevention of cardiovascular disease risks
- Appetite regulation and contribution to weight loss
- Improved metabolism and digestion
- Prevention of constipation and treatment of diarrhea
- Maintenance of bone health
- Improved immune response
- Acceleration of wound healing
- Increased red blood cell counts
- A real ally during periods of growth and pregnancy because of its folate or vitamin B9 content.
- Excellent source of micronutrients and vitamins (prevention of deficiencies and deficit)
- Treatment of skin problems: stretch marks, dryness and skin aging
- Hair care for dry, frizzy and damaged hair
- Fight against hair loss
- Maintaining good oral hygiene: bad breath, prevention of cavities and dental plaque
In the past, the water from young coconuts was used as a sugary solution for intravenous injection and allowed rehydrate people with diarrhea as well as a major burn victim from the island of Tubuai.
What are its different galenic forms?
Coconut can be found in the form of lotion, cream or body milk, capsule and vegetable oil.. In addition, it is the source of many cosmetic and pharmaceutical preparations.
How to use it to take advantage of its virtues?
To benefit from the qualities of coconut, it is generally consumed in its raw form (whole, grated or in pieces). It can also be incorporated into daily culinary recipes.
Pure vegetable oil
- For internal use: as an oil for food (salad dressings, cooking or frying oil) or as a replacement for butter and toast
- For external use: protection against external aggression agents as well as seasonal diseases, skin or hair care
capsule or capsule
As part of a healthy and balanced diet, take the coconut oil capsules as a dietary supplement. The recommended intake is 1 to 3 capsules spread over the day.
What are the contraindications and precautions for use?
The coconut consumption not suitable for:
- People with oily and acne-prone skin (vegetable oil)
- People allergic to coconuts and sulphites