Coconuts For a Healthier Life
Coconut oil benefits the body in many different ways and is arguably one of the healthiest foods at our disposal. Researchers have uncovered the secrets to this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which include Caprylic, Lauric and Capric acids. They are healthy fats that make up almost two thirds of the oils in coconuts. The remaining one third are healthy saturated fats, not long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) that are found in plant based oils. MCFAs are smaller in size, which makes it easier for the liver to process, meaning that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat. One of the many reasons why we love coconuts for a healthier life!
Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats, which not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the “bad” LDL cholesterol into good cholesterols.
Cures UTI and Kidney Infection & Protects the Liver
Coconut oil has been known to clear up and heal Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and kidney infections. The MCFA’s in the oil work as a natural antibiotic by disrupting the lipid coating on bacteria and killing them. Also, there is a study showing that coconut oil directly protects the liver from damage.
Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Coconut oil has qualities that help fight cancer. Tumour cells are not able to access the energy in the ketones produced in the digestion of coconuts because they are glucose dependent, and it is believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover. Also as the MCFA’s digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing.
Immune System Booster
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria, and create a hostile environment for viruses. Many diseases today are causes by the overgrowth of bad bacteria, funguses, viruses and parasites in the body. Replace the grains and sugar in your diet with coconut oil as your natural fuel source when you’re sick. Sugar feeds the growth of bad bacteria, so instead take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil three times daily when sick and consume plenty of vegetables and bone broth as well.
Improves Memory and Brain Function
In a 2004 study published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging, researchers found that the MCFA’s found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects. Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently.
Do note that not all coconut oil is the same. To enjoy the many health benefits of coconuts for a healthier life, get organic virgin coconut oil rather than the refined or odourless kind.