The Health Benefits of Coconut Milk
Health benefits of coconut milk from our series on the Health Benefits of Caribbean Food
Creamy coconut milk is a common ingredient in Caribbean seafood, meat and veggie recipes, but may also be mixed into drinks or simply enjoyed as is. Coconut milk is made by grating and pressing dried coconut meat – not to be confused with coconut water which is the clear fluid in the center of coconuts. It’s velvety and rich with a high content of healthy fats and nutrients. Keep reading to learn about the many health benefits of coconut milk.
1. Coconut milk is a rich source of vitamins and minerals
Coconut milk is a good source of vitamins C, E and several B vitamins, which are all needed for a healthy immune system and sustained energy. It’s also rich in magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and iron. Magnesium aids the heart and nerve cells, potassium is important for healthy organs, phosphorous supports strong teeth and bones, and iron is necessary for the creation of red blood cells.
2. It has antioxidants
Coconut milk is rich in antioxidants which neutralize dangerous free radicals in the body. To name a few effects of unchecked free radicals, they can result in cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature aging. So antioxidants, including those found in coconut milk, can help prevent these diseases and more, and keep you looking and feeling young and healthy!
3. It’s rich in lauric acid
Lauric acid is a medium-chain unsaturated fat with numerous antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps rid the body of infections and a number of illnesses. Lauric acid also may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, decreasing the risk of coronary illness and stroke.
4. It protects the heart
Coconut milk has unsaturated fats, which help with weight reduction, boost the immune system, and reduce the risk of coronary illness.
5. It supports healthy skin and hair
The vitamins and minerals in coconut milk mentioned above contribute to strong and healthy hair and skin. The healthy fat in coconut milk moisturizes skin and hair from within. These effects combined can repair and prevent wrinkles and sagging and improve dry, brittle hair, resulting in strong, shiny hair and glowing skin.
Disclaimer: We are not doctors or health professionals. We just like to research helpful information. 🙂 Please consult with your physician before making any changes to your health or diet regimen.