Coconut oil has numerous health benefits, so it’s no wonder it’s now known as one of the world’s great superfoods. It is mainly made up of medium-chain fatty acids which, unlike long-chain fatty acids, are easy for the body to digest and turn into a vital source of good energy. The fatty acids in coconut oil have also been shown to increase the amount of calories burned, lower cholesterol, kill harmful pathogens, aid weight loss and improve brain function.

However, the advantages of coconut oil do not stop there. It has been shown to do wonders for your hair and skin, too. Due to its structure, coconut oil is able to penetrate deep into the each strand of hair, reducing protein loss and protecting hair from further damage. Its hydrating qualities make it brilliant for treating dandruff as well. As such, it makes a great moisturiser, especially for people who suffer with dry skin. Unlike vegetable oils and animal fats, the small components that make up coconut oil get soaked into the skin more effectively and, as it is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, it not only thoroughly sooths but also protects any damaged skin from further irritation or infection. Furthermore, coconut oil contains substances that act as natural sunscreens, protecting skin from about 20% of ultraviolet rays from the sun.

Add to this that coconut oil can reduce gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath, yeast infections, inflammation, free radical damage and stress and it is easy to understand why people in the Philippines call the coconut the ‘tree of life’. The extracted oil aids almost every process in the body, and people that consume large amounts of coconut in their diets, such as the Tokelauans who live in the South Pacific, are in great health.

So, what are you waiting for? With endless health benefits and a wide range of uses, we think coconut oil should be a staple in everyone’s home. That’s why we’re running a special offer on coconut oil this month.

Ganesha Wholefoods has an offer on 1 litre jars of raw, cold pressed, organic extra virgin coconut oil for £9.99.

Pop into one of our friendly stores in Axminster, Sidmouth or Honiton and get yours today!

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