Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can actually be classified as a super food. There is such a hype surrounding the product that it really makes you wonder what the sudden ubiquitous of this tropical plant is all about.
It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties
Coconut oil contains what is known as medium chain fatty triglycerides, which are fatty acids of a medium length. Most are considered to be long-chain in fatty acids, but coconut oil is metabolized differently. They go from the liver to the digestive tract, where they are then used as a quick source of energy.
Places that eat coconut oil are considered to be the healthiest on the planet
Coconut oil is still considered to be an exotic food in our Western Society, primarily consumed by health conscious people. In some parts of the world, however, coconut oil is a dietary staple. In the South Pacific, they eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts, and they are the largest consumers of saturated fat in the world. They also have excellent health, not even a shred of evidence leading to heart disease.
Helps to control weight
One 2009 Study looked at the weight loss link between consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduced abdominal obesity. Coconut is easy to digest, and also protects the body from insulin resistance.
Good Source of Lauric Acid
The lauric acid in coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, and help stave off infections. When the oil is enzymatically digested, it forms a monoglyceride known as Monolaurin. Lauric acid and monolaurin help to kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
They can reduce seizures
A ketogenic diet is a low carb diet that is very high in fat; this leads to increased concentrations in ketone bodies in the blood. For some reason, this type of diet can reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children.
Many people suffer from digestive issues; those people should consider adding coconut oil into their diets. Coconut oil benefits digestive disorders including IBS and microbial stomach bugs. The fatty acids contain antimicrobials that have a soothing effect on bacteria, candida, and even parasites that cause poor digestion.
Helps to Manage Type 2 Diabetes
A recent study done by the Garvin Institute of Medical Research showed that coconut oil helps to protect against insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Cooks at high temperatures
Because of the medium chain fatty acids, coconut oil has a higher smoking temperature than most oils. You might find that you like it better than your usual olive oil, especially if you are cooking recipes that require a higher cooking temperature. Olive oil oxidizes when it reaches smoke point causing free radicals.
Slows Fine lines and aging signs
Coconut oil is not just for consumption, but it has many beauty benefits as well! It helps to keep the connective tissue strong, preventing wrinkles and skin sagging. Apply the oil directly to your face to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily to give a lovely moisturizing glow!
Kill Your hunger, and make you eat less without trying
One of the best things about coconut oil is that it can reduce hunger. It may be related to the way that fatty acids in it are metabolized, because of the ketone bodies can have an appetite reducing effect.
by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
I use a LOT of coconut oil in my house. I prefer buying three or four containers of Carrington Farms Organic, Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce at a time because I use it every day! As soon as I wake up, I add a tablespoon to my cup of hot chocolate. By doing so, it helps me to lose weight as it is a medium chain saturated fat and will speed up your metabolism while helping you to lose weight. For more on this, please read: Easiest Diet EVER: Lose 30 Pounds In 3 Months!
In addition to all of these wonderful ways that coconut oil is beneficial you can also use it for:
- Oil Pulling: Coconut oil is the perfect oil for oil pulling! Swishing coconut oil in your mouth for at least 5-10 minutes will help to pull out toxins in your mouth and through your gums.
- Teeth Whitener: Whitening your teeth couldn’t be any easier than using either coconut oil or activated charcoal. Simply swish coconut oil around in your mouth, just like you do for oil pulling. You can do both at the same time. I’ll brush my teeth, then brush again with activated charcoal, clean out my mouth with colloidal silver (swish around for about 2 minutes, then spit it out) then do oil pulling, and will re-brush my teeth afterwards, when the coconut oil has loosened up any remaining stain(s). For more on this, please read Coconut Oil Is Better Than Any Toothpaste.
- Suntan Oil: If you have a good base tan, you can use coconut oil in place of baby oil. Not only is it great for tanning, but it’s great for your skin as well. I have an old Neutrogena bottle that I put my coconut oil in but I only fill it up about 1/3 of the way because it’s usually solidified when I get to the beach and will not take as long to warm up into a liquid. You can find out more about this here: Ditch the Toxic Sunscreen; Use Coconut Oil Instead.
About the Author:
Gregg Prescott, M.S. is the founder and editor of In5D and BodyMindSoulSpirit. He hosts a weekly spiritual show on In5D Radio and promotes spiritual, metaphysical and esoteric conferences in the United States through In5dEvents. Gregg is currently working in collaboration with Michelle Walling, CHLC, in opening a holistic walk-in clinic called Alternative Holistic Healthcare (AHH) in Sarasota, FL with subsequent subsidiaries around the world based upon this model.
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