Coconut is indeed a plant of many uses. In some countries, the coconut tree is called “the tree of life” and its fruit “the fruit of life”. It comes in many forms, from the coconut water, oil and milk to coconut flour. It also has significant nutritional value and health benefits.
Various uses of coconut
Coconut is a plant in which almost all the parts have some purpose for humans. Its shell is used to make charcoal, activated carbon, small household items, jewelry and handicrafts, the husk can be used for ropes and organic fertilizers, and from the spathe one can make helmets, fans, handbags and more. Coconut leaves can be used al paper pulp, baskets, trays and brooms, the trunk makes wood products and the roots serve in production of twine, ropes and dye.
Mature coconut is an ingredient in many cosmetic products based on coconut oil and many international cuisines use coconut milk for their delicacies.
Coconut nutritional value
Coconut is a good source of fiber, and 100 grams of raw coconut meat contains 9 grams of dietary fiber. The same amount contains 15.23 grams of carbohydrates, 333,3 grams of protein and 6.23 grams of sugars. It also contains many essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. As for the vitamins, 100 grams of coconut meat contain 0.054 milligrams of vitamin B6, 3,3 milligrams of vitamin C, 0.54 milligrams of vitamin B3, and it also contains vitamin B9, B5, B1 and B2.
Health benefits of coconut
As a great source of dietary fiber, coconut is recommended for people who have problems with constipation and other digestive problems.
Coconut water is very beneficial for kidneys, it improves their function and prevents kidney disease. This liquid is also used in treating rashes that result from chickenpox, smallpox and measles. Coconut water is good for healthy skin too, it makes it much smoother, fresher and more toned.
Some people use coconut water as a remedy against stomach parasites, and also for urinary infections and stomach problems. It is also recommended for diabetics.
Coconut milk is used mainly for cooking. It not only improves the taste of many dishes and deserts, but it also provides many essential nutrients, mainly magnesium, potassium and folate.
Coconut oil is widely used in cosmetics. It can be applied to both skin and hair. It resolves many skin conditions and improves the appearance of healthy skin. Massaged into scalp, coconut oil promotes hair growth and prevents breakage.
Coconut oil is recommended for people who suffer from heart diseases, digestion problems, obesity, stress, kidney problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, impaired immune system, low bone density, slow metabolism, hypertension, teeth problems, pancreatitis, even cancer and HIV.