Coconut milk is the liquid taken from grated coconuts. It is creamy and delicious and it is used in cooking recipes in oriental countries. Though rich and creamy, it is not fattening and thus is healthy and is recommended for weight loss diets. Moreover, it is a good option for those who are lactose intolerant. If you do not think these are enough reasons for making it a part of your diet, then here are some more.
1- Coconut milk is rich in Selenium. It is an antioxidant which relieves arthritis symptoms by destroying free radicals, and treating and lessening the pain of joint inflammation.
2- Coconut milk is a rich in magnesium. It has about 89 milligrams per cup. Magnesium helps soothes nerves and stabilizes normal blood. It also reduces muscle contraction, which makes you feel more relaxed and lowers risk of neck and back pains.
3- When used instead of butter and dairy based creams, coconut milk can reduce cholesterol levels. The saturated fat in coconut milk IS the good type of saturated fat.
4- Coconut milk strengthens your immune system. The secret is in its rich contents of lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and decanoid (capric) acid which has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral qualities.
5- It has moisturizing properties. It can neutralize the symptoms of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, and its natural fatty acids can help treat dry and irritated skin and destroy the harmful bacteria in your skin. This makes it a great component for face masks.
6- It can be used as a natural makeup remover. Mix coconut milk with coconut oil in 2:1 ratio to make a natural makeup remover that is delicate on your skin instead of harsh pricy store bought makeup removers. It is even gentle enough to clean the sensitive skin around your eyes.
7- Its moisturizing effects work wonders on hair and scalp as well. It promotes hair growth and strengthens hair follicles. It reduces split ends significantly making your hair easy to comb and detangle.