Coconut

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The coconut fruit comes from the coconut palm, which grows in tropical climates around the world. Coconut and coconut water are both often used for cooking. Coconut water contains sugar, fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Research suggests that coconut water can help rehydrate the body and restore blood volume after exercise. It may also be an effective moisturizer for mild-to-moderately dry skin and may help lower blood pressure.
Some studies have shown that coconut lowers cholesterol. However, there are conflicting results, and more evidence is needed to confirm this benefit.

Related Terms

Arecaceae (family), caprylic acid, Chick-Chack™, cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB), coco, coco-da-bahia, coco-da-praia, coconut palm, coconut paspalum, Cocos L., Cocos nucifera, cocotier, copra, coqueiro, double coconut, kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit), khopar, kokospalme, lauric acid, linoleic acid, Lodoicea maldivica, medium-chain triglycerides, mnazi, monkey face, monounsaturated fatty acids, mysteric acid, nariyal, nucifera, oleic acid, palmitic acid, Paspalum laxum Lam., pokok seribu guna (Malay), polyethylene glycol-3 (TEA-PEG-3) cocamide sulfate, polyunsaturated fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, saturated vegetable oils, triethanolamine.
Coconut oil is a member of the family of tropical oils, which also includes palm, palm kernel, cocoa, and shea nut oils.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
 
Dehydration (Grade: C)
Coconut water has been shown to rehydrate the body after exercise. However, larger-scale studies are needed to confirm this effect.
Diabetes mellitus (Grade: C)
Coconut flour may help control high blood sugar levels. However, more studies are needed before conclusions can be made.
Diarrhea (Grade: C)
According to limited research, a coconut drink may shorten the duration of diarrhea in children. More trials are needed to confirm this benefit.
Dry skin (Grade: C)
Limited research has compared the moisturizing effects of coconut oil and mineral oil for people with dry skin. Although coconut oil appears to be as effective as mineral oil, more research is needed before conclusions can be made.
High cholesterol (Grade: C)
According to results from several studies, coconut may lower cholesterol levels. More trials are needed to confirm this benefit.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) (Grade: C)
According to limited research, coconut may lower blood pressure. However, more research is needed before further conclusions can be made.
Infant development / neonatal care (Grade: C)
Limited research suggests that coconut may improve infants' nutrition. More trials are needed to determine the benefits of feeding coconut alone to babies.
Lice (Grade: C)
A mixture of coconut oil, anise oil, and ylang ylang oil has been shown to effectively control lice. However, more high-quality research is needed to determine the effectiveness of using coconut alone.
Liver protection (Grade: C)
A mixture of soybean, coconut, olive, and fish oils was found to be effective for improving liver function. However, studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of coconut alone.
Psoriasis (long-term skin inflammation) (Grade: C)
According to limited research, significant effects of coconut oil as a therapy for psoriasis were lacking. More trials are needed before conclusions can be made on the effectiveness of coconut oil for this condition.