The medicinal properties of coconut oil

The medicinal properties of coconut oil

Coconut oil has many surprising health benefits.

Most of us grew up considering fats like coconut oil to be unhealthy and contribute to heart disease.

Coconut oil is composed of a group of unique fat molecules known as medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). Although they are technically classified as saturated fats, this kind fat can actually protect the heart.

Coconut oil which is extracted from the meat of the coconut is a heart healthy food.

Here are some of  the medicinal properties of coconut oil:

Nutrition:

Coconut oil is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin E, which keeps skin and hair healthy, and medium chain fatty acids such as Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Caproic Acid & Lauric Acid.

These acids increase the rate of metabolism in your body and helps with weight loss. It also helps increase good cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol.

Medicine:

Aids with weight loss

Anti-aging

Fights fungal and microbial infections

Cures fatigue and gives natural energy

Used often in India to fight hair loss

Skin moisturizer

Helps cure chronic indigestion

Helps with skin condition such as eczema and psoriasis

Protects against many types of cancer

How to use coconut oil?

Coconut oil works well for cooking.

It is especially tasteful when paired with greens like kale, swiss chard and spinach.

TIPS: You can use it to sauté garlic, chives or onions.

Use also for salad dressing as an alternative to olive oil.

It is safe to use coconut oil for cooking as it can withstand the heat, making it a good cooking option.

We recommend Living Tree Community Foods as a reputable source for a good raw organic coconut oil.

For how to make your own coconut oil recipe.

For a homemade coconut oil toothpaste. 

For a winter deep nourishing mask with coconut oil. 

For all about coconut oil pulling. 

Coconut milk is making a come back. 

Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.

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 REFERENCES:

1. “Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) in Aging and Arteriosclerosis.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

2. “Choice of Cooking Oils–myths and Realities.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

3. “The Surprising Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.” The Dr. Oz Show. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

 

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  9. Jann Wenturine says:

    In response to the person who questioned whether or not to use coconut oil since it is a saturate fat. This is a plant based saturated fat and it’s awesome for you. I would recommend the book “The Coconut Oil Miracle” by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. He explains exactly what coconut oil is and the chemistry of it. Plus he writes about the unbelievable health benefits of using it both orally and for your skin, hair, etc. He also explains why coconut oil was demonized when the soybean industry (NSA: National Soybean Association) decided that they wanted to take over the oil industry. Heart disease was nonexistent in Pacific Islanders until they were introduced to soybean and other oils. (Keep in mind these other oils are processed oils and GMO’s.) Their primary oil was coconut oil until then. They used it for both medicinal purposes, cooking, and hygiene. The book is excellent and I highly recommend it. There are also recipes in it to get you started. I’ve been using coconut oil for salads, cooking, my hair, and it’s amazing. I have a friend who started using it after she bathes. She said her skin is healthy and better than before. People who cannot tolerate to use coconut oil in their diet can use it on their bodies and still get results. Remember that everything you put on your skin enters the bloodstream so it’s absorbed and you can still get the same benefits that way. The reason some people may not be able to use it orally is because it does detox you and you may get loose bowel movements. So go easy on it when you first start and work your way up. It’s amazing stuff and that’s all I use now. If I need to cook something at a higher heat, I will only use olive oil. Coconut oil is good for things cooked on low or medium heat. It will smoke on high heat. Don’t worry about it being a saturated fat because it’s the good kind! Hope this is helpful and please do read that book. I refer back to mine all the time.

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  11. I was wondering if the solid coconut that is available in the grocery store’s is the same as the oil. It becomes a liquid at 78 degree’s and remains solid below 78. Also can it be used in recipe’s the same?

  12. I was wondering if the kind of coconut oil that you can buy in the grocery store and is a solid is the same as the oil?

  13. Sharon walker says:

    I love using it on sweet potato. Slice potato, drizzle coconut oil and pop it in oven. Mmmm good 🙂

  14. Great to know different medicinal properties of coconut oil. Informative and helpful.

  15. I just made an apple crisp using coconut oil in the topping. So good!

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