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Welcome back for part 2 of Reasons to Fall in Love with Coconut Oil”. Last week I published “Part 1 of Reasons to Fall in Love with Coconut Oil” which covered what coconut oil is, how coconut oil can be used to fuel the brain and positively influence the body and serve as a preventative medicine against degenerative diseases such as cancer, alzheimer’s and diabetes.
This week I want to delve a little deeper into the remedial aspects of coconut oil. Research shows that the saturated fats found in coconut oil have demonstrated health benefits including (but not limited to) a healthy immune system, heart health, supporting a healthy metabolism and promoting weight loss.
There once was a dentist…
Dr Weston Price, a Dentist by trade, traveled throughout the South Pacific back in the 1930s examining diets and their effect on oral hygiene and overall health. He was astonished to find that in areas where coconut was prominent and readily available, the local’s oral hygiene was above average, men and women were healthy and trim and heart disease was virtually non-existent. Dr Price set out to identify what the magical ingredient in coconut was.
Dr Price was not alone in this quest. Years (and thousands of studies) later performed by research teams and physicians across the globe, we now know that coconut oil and saturated fats are not bad for you — they are actually an integral part of a healthy diet. And the magic ingredient(s) in coconut oil is Lauric acid which is rarely found anywhere else. The body converts Lauric acid into monolaurin, which has super antibacterial properties. Monolaurin is so powerful, it’s commonly used in treatment effort against HIV, measles and other infections such as candida and yeast overgrowth.
LCFAa vs MCFAs
Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFAs) also referred to as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut is THE richest source of medium chain fatty acids found in nature. Now what’s the difference between long chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids (LCFAs)? LCFAs are found in vegetable, seed and peanut oils and take the body longer to break down because they required special enzymes for digestion. Because they require these special enzymes — on many occasions, (because most diets are less than ideal) they put a strain on the pancreas, liver and digestive system. LCFAs are primarily stored in the body as fat as opposed to MCFAs which are immediately converted into energy. MCFAs stimulate the body’s metabolism, put less strain on the body and promote healthy weight loss.
Healing Powers of Coconut Oil
A Cure for Kidney Disorders and UTI
People suffering from kidney disorders typically have low immune systems because the kidney is unable to filter out toxins and wastes. When these toxins accumulate, they affect the entire body’s immune system. The MCFAs in coconut oil include antimicrobial lipids such as lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which help to fight viruses and infections and boosting immune systems.
Coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants and continues to show positive signs as being the go-to remedy for patients seeking relief without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.
Coconut oil helps the body absorb vitamins, calcium and magnesium and improves digestion along the way. Did you know that if taken at the same time as an Omega-3 fatty acid such as chia seeds or spinach you can make them twice as effective? Coconut oil is also essential in the fight against candida that lives within the digestive tract. Keeping your digestive track on track is important to maintaining gut health and a strong immune system.
Improved Skin care
That’s right. Skin care is included on the list of health benefits. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties provide the skin an excellent natural skin moisturizer and sunscreen and can also be used as a facial cleanser.
Coconut oil + Weight loss
That’s right ladies. Coconut oil is commonly referred to as the “world’s most weight loss friendly fat.” Studies continue to show that by simply adding coconut oil to your diet, you can burn fat (especially “stubborn” fat), decrease appetite, and boost energy levels! It might seem counterproductive to lose fat by ingesting fat (coconut oil) by it actually makes a lot of sense. Capric acids in the body help lower resting heart rate and help the body burn fat for energy.
So, how do I add coconut oil to my diet?
Coconut oil is very versatile (as you can see) and can be used in a multitude of ways ranging from preventative medicine, to skin and oral care, to in the kitchen. Add it to quick on-the-go recipes like smoothies or energy balls, use it to pan or stir fry in the kitchen, or use it as a substitute in baking recipes. Like my Facebook page to receive updates on recipes using coconut oil such as Tom Kha Gai Soup, Coconut milk Panna Cotta and more!
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