Right now everybody’s talking about how good coconut oil is for your health. The best type of coconut oil–virgin coconut oil–has been shown to have strong antioxidant properties, thanks to the phenolic compounds in it, which protect the skin from the harmful effects of the free radicals that play a role in the health and appearance of the skin.
Virgin coconut oil, produced by crushing copra or dried coconut meal, is a good source of medium-chain fatty acids that help in reducing the waist circumference. It also improves immunity and has shown therapeutic effect on Alzheimer’s disease.
Besides the beneficial medium-chain triglycerides, coconut oil is also a rich source of lauric acid, caprylic acid, capric acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid.
These acids together and even individually improve coconut oil’s capabilities as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal ingredient. This also ensures that besides being a good dietary source of essential fatty acids, it is also a good skin healer and can be used in various topical applications.
1. Treats Nail Infections
Perhaps the most important benefit of coconut oil on the nails is its ability to alleviate any fungal or bacterial infections. For example, one of the most common signs of nail infection is green nails where the nails turn light to dark green. Green nails can be caused by the fungus Candida Albicans or the bacteria Pseudonomas Aerunginosa. It could also be caused by another fungus named Aspergillus sp.