Coconut Oil Everything!

Coconut oil can do anything!  If you're on social media you may have come across the many coconut oil memes that have continued to entertain us crunchy moms and health aficionados.  If not, heres a few to tickle your fancy.

 

 

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As you can see it has the ability to fix just about every area of concern.  Let's take a closer look!

 

Coconut oil has been rising on the health food trend lately and for good reason!  I remember when it used to be vilified as fat and was avoided at all costs.  Wow, did media do a number on us all!  Thankfully researchers have studied these glorious fats and have pointed out some amor mind blowing details.  There are healthy fats! AND coconut oil has3 unique medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs)  These include:

  • Caprylic acid

  • Lauric acid

  • Capric acid

The beauty of MCFAs are that it takes minimal energy on our part to convert them into immediate energy.  

 

Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in plant based oils, MCFAs are:

  • Easier to digest

  • Not readily stored as fat

  • Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal

  • Smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy

  • Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat

Here are a few reasons coconut oil should become more a part of your life:

Helps balance hormones. Studies have found that coconut oil may be an excellent fat to consume during menopause and also may have positives effects on estrogen levels. 

Anti-aging.  Improves antioxidant levels and moisturizes skins as it is easily absorbed due to MCFAs

Capri Acid and Lauric acid has shown to to be effective as a treatment for candida albicans and yeast infections.

Dandruff?  Dry hair? Use it alone on your hair after a shower or add in essential oils to boost your mane's softness as a hair mask.  Leave it in overnight or weave it into a braid for the day.

Energy Boost in turn helps you to burn fat as well as decrease food consumption. Capric acid has shown to improve thyroid function. 

The Obesity Research Journal published a study from Boston University Medical School that gives us a clue why MCFAs have fat burning ability.   They observed that fat breakdown occurred at such a significant level that it literally mimicked the characteristics of fasting.  

Improves Type II Diabetes by balancing insulin reactions in cells and promote healthy digestion. 

Coconut oil not only increases bone volume and structure in subjects, but also decreased bone loss due to osteoporosis.

Prevents Gum disease and tooth decay from simply oil pulling.  It removes bacteria greatly reducing risk of periodontal disease healing and preparing your gums and teeth.

Skin issues like eczema, dandruff, dermatitis and psoriasis are forms of inflammation.  And guess what helps with that?  Coconut oil, thanks to caprylic and lauric acids that help internally and externally.

Face cleanser, make-up remover, moisturizer and sun screen.

Helps ease strain on the pancreas and gallbladder which can be great news for those suffering from gallbladder disease or pancreatitis.

Improves digestion, reduces stomach ulcers and ulcerative colitis.  It helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. 

Boosts omega-3 fatty acid benefits if taken together, making them twice as effective!

Total recall.  Coconut oil has the ability to improve brain function and memory.  Because MCFAs are easily absorbed into the body, the brain can access it without the use of insulin fueling brain cells more effectively. 

Anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial, oh my!  All this equates to an immune system boost as auric acid is known to reduce candida, fight bacteria and make it harder for viruses to thrive. Many diseases are synonymous with bad bacteria, funguses, parasites and viruses taking over parts of the body.  You can greatly reduce disease growth by adding more coconut oil to your diet and taking out more sugar as disease feeds on sugar.

Coconut oil help help facilitate cancer prevention.

Supresses inflammatory cells and in turn reduces arthritis symptoms. 

Protects liver, cures UTI and Kidney Infection healing by acting as a natural antibiotic.  

And did you know Coconut water also helps hydrate and support the healing process. Doctors have even injected the coconut water to clear up kidney stones. Coconut is a super powerful food!

Prevents Heart disease and high blood pressure. Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols.  

Alzheimer Disease treatment.  Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates it’s own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create it’s own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function.

Side Effects

There has been little report on side effects or allergic reactions to coconut oil.  Coconut oil also makes a great carrier oil for applying essential oils.  I often add food grade lavender essential oil to my coconut oil for baby and I as we wind down for the night.

 

What to Look For:

When purchasing coconut oil, you will want to get it raw and preferably in a glass jar to avoid unnecessary BPA.  This means looking for one that is:

  • organic

  • unrefined

  • unheated

  • unprocessed

Questions:

Do You Use Coconut Oil?

What do you use it for?

How has Coconut oil improved your health?

 

 

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=coconut+oil

https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3146349/

 

 

 

 

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