Today’s Solutions: December 01, 2021

Rich in vitamins and minerals, coconut milk’s uses extends far beyond an ingredient for beach–side cocktails and into the realm of hair care products, skin ointments, and arthritis remedies. See the health benefits below and find a way to incorporate this underrated antioxidant into your daily diet.

AntioxidantCoconut oil, a component of coconut milk, has high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are natural compounds that work to neutralize free radicals in your body. Free radicals are atoms in your body with an unpaired (extra) electron. Free radicals damage your body when interact with parts of your DNA or cell’s membrane.

Minerals With almost 20% of your suggested daily intake of potassium, coconut milk is a great way to get this amazing electrolyte. Potassium helps your heart beat, and getting enough potassium can do wonders for those with high blood pressure. If you consume enough potassium it can also help lower cholesterol.

Staying healthyStudies have found that coconut milk contains high levels of lauric acid. Lauric acid is a saturated fat and used in natural medicine to treat a variety of ailments from the common cold to bronchitis and even the AIDS virus. Increasing your daily intake of lauric acid will boost your immune system.

Migraine and insomnia relief­– Coconut milk contains high levels of magnesium. Studies have shown that individuals suffering from migraines and insomnia often have low levels of magnesium in their body. With 43 mg of magnesium per serving, coconut milk is a great way to incorporate more magnesium into your diet.

While the overall benefits of coconut milk are greater than what’s listed above, the most difficult part of upping your coconut milk intake is finding ways to incorporate it into your diet. Try one of these 17 recipes that use coconut milk. And while canned coconut milk is great, it’s always more fun to make your own.

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