Coconut has been used for thousands of years. Its multipurpose properties causes it to be one of the most cherished foods amongst people who live in the tropics—it is a nutritious source of milk, juice, water, meat, and oil. Coconut oil was used widely throughout the world until 1954, when it began receiving a bad rep due to its saturated fat content. This was a huge misunderstanding; there are actually three types of saturated fats, and not all of them are bad for you. In fact, saturated fat is an essential part of the human diet.
Cool fact: Early European explorers such Captain Cook, wrote about the beauty of people across the Pacific who used coconut oil as a primary part of their daily lives. After the war in England, coconut oil was sold as margarine and in the USA as coconut butter. (Coconut butter is absolutely delicious, by the way!)
Take a look at some of the reasons (extra virgin, organic) coconut oil can benefit you:
1. Reverse of Alzheimer’s disease: Recent studies suggest regular use of coconut oil can reverse or offset Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Prevents and helps deal with viruses, bacteria and disease: Your body converts the lauric acid from coconut oil into monolaurin, which helps in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and HIV.
3. Prevents and/or cures candida: Candida is yeast. We all have a certain amount of good bacteria, bad bacteria, and yeast in our bodies. When we are healthy, they are in balance. If we are unhealthy, we can become deficient in good bacteria and have an overgrowth of bad bacteria or candida in our stomachs. The antimicrobial and anti fungal properties of coconut oil can prevent overgrowth of candida and also eliminate overgrowth.
4. Eat fat, lose fat: Coconut oil is not fattening, nor will it make you gain weight. Actually, it can help you to lose weight. This is because coconut oil contains MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, and do not turn into fat. Eating coconut oil will help you to feel more satisfied, and cut cravings for foods that are fattening, such as sugar and refined/processed foods.
5. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for optimum brain functioning, as well as normal growth and development. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and said to fight cancer, heart disease, and other diseases. Lauric, capric and caprylic acids are 3 fatty acids that give coconut oil antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti fungal properties.
6. Moisturizer and treatment for the skin: Coconut oil hydrates the skin and can also treat psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea. It is also anti-aging, and can protect the skin from free radical damage.
7. Healthy hair: The essential proteins in coconut oil are great for conditioning and nourishing dry and brittle hair. Coconut oil can also prevent hair loss, and relieve dandruff.
8. Baking: Coconut oil’s mildly sweet taste and creamy texture makes for the perfect flaky piecrusts, scones, icing, and more delicious baked goodies! Coconut oil can be used for cooking anything, it can also be used in food raw. Watch this short video on the many different ways you can use coconut oil for cooking and baking.
9. Relieves stress: The aromatic properties of coconut oil are good for relieving stress. Applying coconut oil to the head and body as a massage can lower stress levels and reduce mental fatigue.
10. Reduces chronic fatigue & normalizes thyroid: The higher the body’s metabolism the more efficient the immune system, the more efficient the immune system the healthier the body is overall. Coconut oil stimulates the metabolism and when used regularly, provides a quick source of lasting energy. For these same reasons, it is great for normalizing any abnormal thyroid conditions.
Samantha | Food Fanatic