7 uses for coconut oil which benefit paddlers

Coconut oil has become extremely popular for its use as a healthy cooking oil substitute, but it can be used for much more than that, with many of its alternative uses being of great use to paddlers.

  • It is energy and nutrient dense, providing a good source of easily digestible healthy calories as well as a wide range of metabolically important micronutrients, such as zinc and vitamin C.

  • It is a safe fat to use when cooking at high temperatures as it does not break down as quickly as unsaturated fats such as olive oil and vegetable oils, making it one of the healthiest oils to cook your food.

  • The caprylic acids found in coconut oil have been shown to have anti-microbial actions, which help to fight against infections, while the lauric acid found in coconut converts to monolaurin, which is vital for a healthy immune system.

We have taken a look at seven uses for coconut oil and how it applies to paddlers, so remember to pack some next time you head out on your SUP inflatable boards or include it into your diet pre-paddle for a healthy energy boost:

Sports drink

 Lip balm/moisturiser

The same goes for your dry skin. Simply massage a small amount of coconut oil onto clean skin, allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes and then wipe off with a towel for a natural moisturiser.

 Salve for cuts

 Immune system booster

Whether you’re feeling a bit rough after a rainy paddle session or you’re looking for a lift before heading out, coconut oil can help give your immune system a boost. It’s rich in decanoic acid, caprylic acid and lauric acid which means it has antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, helping to give your immune system a pick me up.

 Bug repellent

Firestarter

After a chilly session out on the water, there’s nothing better than warming up in front of a roaring bonfire with some warm food. Soak some cotton wool in coconut oil for a quick and handy fire starter.

 Weight loss

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