Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In Support of the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Not be confused with hydrogenated coconut oil or hydrogenated palm oil, pure coconut oil, preferably the organic virgin type, has been used for generations by people in India, and Pacific Islanders for its health benefits. Coconut oil is highly touted for its healing properties, reducing inflammation, and for beautifying hair and skin.

Yet, in the United States, coconut oil is reviled for the sole reason that it is high in saturated fats. This much is true, but is only a small part of the story. A study published in the Philipine Journal of Cardiology states:

"Coco oil consists predominantly of 65% medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) and MCFAs are metabolized rapidly in the liver to energy and do not participate in the biosynthesis and transport of cholesterol. Coconut oil, in fact, tends to raise the HDL and lower the LDL:HDL ratio.
Coco oil is not deposited in adipose tissues and therefore does not lead to obesity. It is primarily an energy supplier and as fast a supplier of energy as sugar. MCFAs therefore differ in their metabolism from all the long chain fatty acids, whether saturated or unsaturated. "

In the Book: The Coconut Oil Miracle (Previously published as The Healing Miracle of Coconut Oil) the list of benefits of coconut oil are:
  • Reduces risk of atherosclerosis and related illnesses
  • Reduces risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions
  • Helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal (including yeast) infections
  • Supports immune system function
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Helps control diabetes
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Supports healthy metabolic function
  • Provides an immediate source of energy
  • Supplies fewer calories than other fats
  • Supplies important nutrients necessary for good health
  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Is highly resistant to spoilage (long shelf life)
  • Is heat resistant (the healthiest oil for cooking)
  • Helps keep skin soft and smooth
  • Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin
  • Helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes
  • Talk to your grocer about carrying organic, virgin coconut oil and start using it in your diet today. Did I mention that stove popped pop corn using coconut oil is absolutely rich in flavor and delicious? Try it!

    photo credits:  Mart1n; adnandx

1 comment:

  1. Coconut oil is good for consumption prevents numerous heart illnesses. It is immediately changed into energy. It helps to balance Glucose level in blood.



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