Coconut oil is a superfood that contains a unique combination of fatty acids with medicinal properties. It’s no secret that populations (nearly one third) that eat large amounts of coconut as a basic staple in their diet are generally healthy. Expect to be impressed as we examine five amazing benefits of coconut oil.
- Coconut oil raises good HDL cholesterol in the body. It contains medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones. The increase in HDL helps to remove the build up of LDL cholesterol.
- Coconut oil supports the immune system. It contains fifty percent lauric acid, which can kill bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, fungus such as yeast candida albicans, and viruses.
- Coconut oil can boost brain function in some Alzheimer patients. Alzheimer’s disease has many causes, but for those who have type 3 diabetes where their frontal cortex can no longer utilize glucose to think, MCT oil can make a difference. View this Ted Talk where Dr. Mary Newport tells about how she reversed her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease using coconut oil.
- Coconut oil improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. This is why I use coconut oil or avocado in my daily smoothie.
- Coconut oil helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction and removal of free radicals. It contains two qualities that help it fight cancer. First, tumor cells which are glucose-dependent are not able to access the energy in ketones. Second, the medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) digest the lipid walls of bacteria and also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria which both increase the risk of cancer (particularly stomach cancer). The lauric acid in coconut oil can trigger pro-apoptotic effects in both breast and endometrial cancer cells. Coconut oil eases chemotherapy pain and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy. It also improves antioxidant levels, and supports the natural detoxification process.
My surgeon told me to use coconut oil on my many stitches and scars after surgery. Coconut flour is a gluten-free option that can be used in baking. Coconut oil can safely be used at high temperatures in cooking. Quite honestly, I use it inside my body and on the outside as a nontoxic healing and moisturizing cream. It’s best to buy it cold-pressed, extra virgin and nonGMO/organic.
Coconut oil is a powerhouse of nutrition and healing. According to Dr. Joshua Axe, coconut oil has over 1500 studies proving its many health benefits. I’ve gone nuts for coconuts! Are you impressed with these five amazing benefits of coconut oil? How do you use this inexpensive superfood?
For Your Health,