The Awareness of the Benefits of Coconut Oil is growing rapidly.
Coconut Palms are called the ‘Tree of Life‘ in Asian and Polynesian countries.
Many people now use it in their cooking because of the high heat resistence.
Even though Coconut Oil is a saturated fat is is still a healthy oil due to Lauric acid and the balance of the Medium-chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs). (read more about this below)
Dr. Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist and naturopath was a skeptic to start with.
He did some extensive research which he compiled in his book “The Coconut Oil Miracle”.
This research gained him the nicknames “Dr. Coconut” and “the Coconut Guru“.
In the introduction of his book, Dr. Bruce Fife writes:
“I started using coconut oil myself and began recommending it to my clients (I am a certified nutritionist and naturopathic physician). I have seen it get rid of chronic psoriasis, eliminate dandruff, remove pre-cancerous skin lesion, speed recovery from the flu, stop bladder infection, overcome chronic fatigue, and relieve hemorrhoids, among other things.
In addition to this, the scientific literature reports its possible use in dental caries (cavities), peptic ulcers, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), epilepsy, genital herpes, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS. Yes, as incredible as it sounds, I learned that coconut oil can be used to fight AIDS — a dreadful disease that has been considered incurable. Many Aids patients have already benefited.
Another remarkable benefit of coconut oil is its ability to prevent heart disease.” (page 3)
Coconut Oil is important ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine.
On the Coconut Research Center Website the chapter called “Coconut In Modern Medicine” which contains a long list of the possible benefits of Coconut is introduced with:
“Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below.“
In the chapter “Understanding Fats” and throughout the book “The Coconut Oil Miracle” Dr. Fife explains why the fats in Coconut Oil are so beneficial.
Coconut oil contains 64 % Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in addition to other beneficial fatty acids. Lauric acid (48%), caprylic acid (4%) Capric acid (7%)
It has Antimicrobial properties because of the complete set.
“The fatty acids that make coconut oil so effective against germs are the same ones nature has put into mother’s milk to protect children.”(p. 70)
Lauric Acid has the greatest antiviral activity. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil contains 7 grams of lauric acid, shredded dry coconut – 2 grams.
Dr. Oz mentions three health benefits of Coconut oil:
- Weight loss
- Treats skin conditions since Lauric acid is antifungal
- Treats Ulcers because it kills bacteria
You can use Coconut Oil for ‘Oil Pulling‘.
You may purchase various quantities at the following link:
Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (affiliate link)
Photo Credit: Nuraishah Bazilah Affandi
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