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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is the soul of Thai cuisine. The richer the dish, the more flavourful it is. Coconut milk makes it more creamy and delicious with exotic herbs.

Coconut milk is the diluted cream pressed out from the thick, white flesh of a well-matured coconut. Making coconut milk at home is just a breeze and takes very little time. But first you need to hollow out a coconut before you extract milk from the shells.

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There’s probably only a handful of dishes that do not use coconut milk in Thailand. But most of them just can’t do without it.

If you think coconut milk  contributes to increasing your cholesterol levels, well, you are wrong. Coconut milk has an equal share of health benefits.

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Here are 8 amazing health benefits of coconut milk you never knew before:

For Stronger Bones

Surprising? Yes, coconut milk may not have as much calcium as regular milk, however, it is rich in phosphorous and provides around enough phosphorus per cup which contributes to strong bones.

Boosts the Immune System

You thought coconut makes you fat? You’ll be surprised to read this. A majority of fats found in coconut milk is lauric acid, which is found to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. This fatty acid is known to boost the immune system and fight against diseases.

Improves Digestive Health

So you made a spicy dish and can’t take the heat? Make it lighter with Coconut milk. Not only does it add flavour  but can also recude the heat and improve digestion. It also relieves the symptoms of stomach ulcers  as well.

Your daily dose of Iron

Fight your iron deficiency with coconut milk. It has about 22% of the recommended daily allowance of iron which can fight anemia and make you stronger.

For shiny, silky and smooth hair

Surprising? Yes, Coconut milk is a great conditioner for your hair. Applying coconut milk nourishes your scalp and follicles by stimulating hair growth from root to the end while also restoring dry and damaged hair. Just apply fresh coconut milk and have a gentle massage for three to five minutes. Leave it for 20 minutes and shampoo your hair for that bounce and shine.

For soft and supple skin

Be it summer or winter, skin always tends to be the victim of the weather. Coconut milk is rich in vitamin A and C and natural proteins which contribute to a smooth and radiant skin. Coconut milk when used as a topical application is known to remove dead cells from the skin and acts as a gentle exfoliating agent which keeps the skin hydrated, supple and radiant.

Rich in antioxidants

Coconut milk is a reservoir of antioxidants and fights against harmful free radicals. Thereby, preventing the damage caused to cells and tissues.

A dairy-free alternative for lactose intolerant

Coconut milk is a dairy-free alternative to those who are lactose intolerant and are also allergic to animal milk. This milk is also free of nut, soy and gluten.

Here are some a few quick and easy dishes using coconut milk.

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