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Coconut milk health benefits

Updated April 17, 2017

Coconuts are seen by some as a miracle food, helping protect and cure the body of internal and external ailments. Coconut milk has many uses, most of which build up the immune system and the body's defences. You can find coconut milk in the ethnic foods section of a local grocery store or make it at home.

Nutrients

Coconut milk contains many vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and chloride.

Saturated Fat

The saturated fat in coconut is made up of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids the body quickly turns into energy instead of storing as fat. Therefore, even though it's high in saturated fat, coconut can aid in weight loss.

Lauric Acid

Half the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut milk are composed of lauric acid, which is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal. Coconut milk can help boost the immune system.

Dairy-Free

Coconut milk is a dairy-free alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to animal milk. This vegan drink is also soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free.

Relief of Ailments

Coconut milk is known to relieve the symptoms of sore throats and ulcers.

Skin Care

Coconut milk is used in skincare products to moisturise the skin and relieve dry skin and rashes. It also can be used on the hair and in baths.

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Rebecca Tait holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She also studied feature film writing at UCLA Extension. She has been a freelance writer for Demand Studios for one year.