The health benefits associated with the use of coconut oil far surpass that of simply consuming it. Some of the benefits that coconut oil offers includes: hair care through the prevention of dandruff, lice, lice eggs and dry scalp; skin care as it acts an extremely effective moisturizer, delaying of wrinkles and sagging of skin, prevention against and aiding healing of psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema; stress relief through the removal of mental fatigue via massaging with coconut oil; cholesterol level maintenance; supporting of weight loss; increased effectiveness of the immune system; proper digestion and metabolism; relief from kidney problems such as kidney stones; relief from heart diseases, high blood pressure, and diabetes through controlling blood sugar and improved secretion of insulin; reduction in the susceptibility to viruses in HIV and cancer patients; prevention of liver diseases; dental care; prevention of gall bladder diseases; and increased bone strength. These benefits can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid and it's properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial.Coconut oil contains saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fatty acids, poly-phenols, vitamins E and K and iron. As well as containing all of these, coconut oil also improves the ability of the body to absorb important minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Coconut oil is beneficial for athletes, body builders and people who are dieting due to the fact that coconut oil contains less calories than other oils and the fat in coconut oil is converted easily into energy. Also, the fat found within coconut oil does not lead to the blocking of the heart or arteries in our body.