CUCKOO FOR CO­CONUT

For sup­ple skin, don’t skip this trop­i­cal treat.

Allrecipes - - Mixer - —Jo­lene Hart

Dou you con­sider your­self lucky? You should, since it just takes a quick stop at the gro­cery store these days to reap the skin-nour­ish­ing ben­e­fits of co­conut, a trop­i­cal fruit once found only in South­east Asia and south­ern In­dia. Cen­turies ago, in­hab­i­tants of the Pa­cific and

In­dian ocean basins cul­ti­vated two co­conut types that spread around the globe via ex­plor­ers, mi­gra­tion, and flota­tion. To­day, it takes very lit­tle ex­plo­ration to find an ar­ray of skin-nour­ish­ing co­conut prod­ucts—from co­conut oil and flour to fresh, young co­conut and its elec­trolyte-rich wa­ter.

The most ex­cit­ing beauty ben­e­fit of co­conut comes from its sup­ply of healthy fats, which pro­vide the build­ing blocks of skin-cell mem­branes and en­hance your skin’s abil­ity to re­tain mois­ture. Co­conut fats are unique, as they’re sat­u­rated, medium-chain triglyc­erides that in­crease healthy choles­terol lev­els, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion, and boost me­tab­o­lism. Lau­ric acid, a rare fat type found in co­conut, is nat­u­rally an­tibac­te­rial and quickly ab­sorbed for a quick boost of en­ergy. Fats in co­conut oil also sup­port your body’s pro­duc­tion of hor­mones, which must stay in bal­ance for ra­di­ant, youth­ful skin.

Be­yond healthy fats, co­conut of­fers a host of other nu­tri­ents, es­pe­cially man­ganese, a min­eral that’s es­sen­tial to the body’s col­la­gen-for­ma­tion process. Choose co­conut meat, oil, and but­ter for the high­est healthy-fat con­tent. Opt for co­conut flour if you need to boost iron and fiber. And re­plen­ish with co­conut wa­ter for its rich stores of hydrating elec­trolytes like potas­sium and mag­ne­sium.

Jo­lene Hart is a cer­ti­fied health coach, a for­mer beauty edi­tor, and the au­thor of the Eat Pretty books. You can find more of her in­sights on nour­ish­ing beauty from the inside out at jolene­hart.com.

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