Coconut Oil is in the news these days and the controversy is heating up! Despite being of plant origin, it is about 90 percent saturated fat (the controversial part) but is full of surprising benefits. Beginning in the 1950’s, saturated fat was thought to be the leading cause of heart disease but many well-respected doctors and nutritionists have begun to rethink those dietary practices based on the latest research and randomized controlled trials. Coconut oil boosts the good type of cholesterol, the high density lipoprotein (HDL) and cholesterol is a fundamental component of every cell membrane in the body. Let’s explore the unique qualities of Coconut Oil!
Considered the “cure for all illness” among Pacific islanders, the Coconut Palm is called “The Tree of Life” and is highly valued as a source of food and medicine. Traditionally made by extracting the oil from dried coconut kernels or raw coconuts, the fatty acids in Coconut Oil NOURISH LIFE. Here are just a few reasons to consider adding some minimally-processed, virgin Coconut Oil to your day:
Bolstered immunity: Coconut Oil contains antimicrobial lipids, capric acid, and caprylic acid which are known for their antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Improved digestion: Because of its medium-chain fatty acid component, rather than a long-chain fatty acid like those found in polyunsaturated vegetable oils, Coconut Oil is more easily absorbed into the digestive system. It also helps fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamins A, D, E, and K absorb more efficiently.
Enhanced brain health: Because the ketones in Coconut can be an alternate energy source for malfunctioning brain cells, it has been shown to decrease symptoms in Alzheimer’s patients.
More vibrant skin: Botanical oils have been used as topical skin treatments from the earliest recorded historical document. It is an excellent moisturizer for all ages. The lauric acid is especially effective for fighting acne and can decrease staphylococcal colonization on the skin. I use it generously on my skin everyday!
Remember, inflammation is a huge contributor to heart disease and high glycemic foods like sugar contribute greatly to inflammation. There is research on both sides of the Coconut Oil argument but I believe that our bodies are designed to use food closest to the unprocessed, natural source. Because it is inexpensive, there will likely not be any huge research money poured into studying it. Enjoying an anti-inflammatory, low-stress lifestyle is the key. Processed foods and hydrogenated oils are proinflammatory and processed vegetable oils such as corn oil and soy oil are high in proinflammatory omega 6 fatty acids. We avoid these. As with many good foods, moderation is the key.
Enjoy the unique qualities of Coconut Oil. Coconuts have fed and nourished populations around the world for generations with their meat, milk, and oil. Around 30 percent of the world’s population depends on this functional food due to its many nutritional benefits. It is used extensively in traditional medicine in Pacific and Asian populations. Interestingly, Hawaii has some of the lowest rates of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer in the United States! It’s total lifestyle that makes the difference! START SOMEWHERE today adding more whole food to your day. You can do it. I will help you!
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