The medicinal properties of coconut oil

The medicinal properties of coconut oil

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 all about coconut oil pulling. 

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.

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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