Whether you’re eating the inside of a coconut (aka. the meat), drinking the juice, or consuming it as oil, coconuts are a delicious and nutritious source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. In fact, coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma and has even been used for plasma transfusions.
The oil is excellent for keeping one young and beautiful. Its antioxidant properties and fats slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals and by reducing inflammation.
Other coconut oil benefits include:
- Heart Health. Can lower total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDLs
- Muscle-sparring properties. Your body uses the medium-chain fat as a source of energy more efficiently than carbohydrates.
- Neurological and Brain Disorders. Researchers are now looking into the exciting possibility of using coconut oil as a treatment not only for Alzheimer’s disease but also for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug resistant epilepsy, and diabetes.
oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). Fat
molecules come in different sizes, and that size makes difference in how
the fat is utilized. Fats are made up of long chain fatty acids (LCFA),
medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), or short chain fatty acids (SCFA).
The majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated, monounsaturated, unsaturated, or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids. Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are long chain fatty acids.
Coconut oil contains the most concentrated natural source of MFCA available in our diet. Because our bodies process MCFA’s differently, the effects of coconut oil are uniquely different from those of other oils.
What Are The Coconut Oil Benefits?
Contrary to current medical opinion and what you hear in the news, saturated fats can be very good for you (from natural sources), and not only necessary for important healthy physical function and hormone production, but for the brain and nerves as well.
I remember, years ago, reading about this discovery when it first came to light and having an argument about it with my girlfriend at the time. The kicker is she was in medical school and argued with me that all saturated fat is bad for you. Little did she know that the truth is, it’s not saturated fat that causes heart disease (hint: the culprit would be sugar).
The importance of the type of fat (and saturated fat) you take can either reduce the amount of inflammation your body produces or increase it.
Omega-6 fats (which are found in
processed foods and refined vegetable oils such as soybean, safflower,
canola, corn oil) actually increase the amount of inflammation in the
Omega-3s on the other hand help to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body, helps to repair any neurological damage, improves mood and cognition and can help slow down the aging process.
This is where coconut and coconut oil comes into play. The reason being is coconut and coconut oil are loaded with healthy fat - specifically medium-chain saturated fat.
How Does Coconut Help Keep Your Skin Healthy?
Eating more foods containing omega 3 fats will help fight aging internally and externally.
Studies also show proof that the types of fat you eat can actually determine whether you have wrinklier, saggy skin or softer smoother skin - even as you get older.
Saturated fats also help us look
younger on the outside as well, by helping the skin to stay soft and
smooth. People who eat diets rich in omega 3 and saturated fats have
much smoother, less wrinkled skin than those who eat predominately omega
Omega 3 fatty acids also prevent and reduce the damaging effects of the sun, and help the body prevent and fight off skin cancer from sun exposure. People who eat a diet higher in saturated fats and omega-3 fats have smoother, healthier skin, and younger, healthier bodies overall.
Can Coconut Oil Reduce Cholesterol?
Coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid - a type of MCT. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels.
Coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body.
Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Coconut can help restore normal thyroid function. When the thyroid does not function optimally, it can contribute to higher levels of bad cholesterol.
One of the best, anti-aging saturated fats is a saturated fat that comes from coconut oil.
Studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness.
Short- and medium-chain saturated fats have important antimicrobial properties. They protect us against harmful microorganisms in the body - making it excellent for your immunity.
They are antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. Meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Because of that, if you consume coconut in any of its various forms (whether it be raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, etc.), it can help treat some of the worst and most resilient of illnesses such as influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworms, herpes, gonorrhi, bronchitis, and numerous other ailments.
On the next page you'll discover how coconut oil and fat (yes, fat) can keep your skin youthful PLUS 82 delicious anti-aging fat-burning recipes to add to your diet.
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