Coconut oil is quite possibly the healthiest dietary oil on earth!
If you are not using coconut oil for you daily cooking and body care needs you are missing out on one of nature's most amazing health foods.
Adults take 3-5 tablespoons daily and children take 1-2 TBs
When first taking Coconut Oil start with a teaspoon per day, slowly increasing to more each week. Some people experience loose bowel motions for a few days as the body becomes used to the increase in good healthy fats.
Virgin Coconut Oil is both safe and recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids/Triglycerides (MCAFs)
Fats are chains of carbon atoms that are surrounded by hydrogen. The more hydrogen the more saturation and the more stable the molecular structure.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat that consists primarily of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). The MCFAs in coconut oil possess incredible health-giving properties. Other than coconut oil these MCFAs can only be naturally found in mothers breast milk. This is what gives coconut oil its reputation as ‘The breast milk of mother nature’.
The shorter MCFA chains require less energy and fewer enzymes to digest. For most people, coconut oil can be emulsified during digestion without burdening the gall bladder or liver. Unlike animal fats it is also friendly for the kidneys and can help dissolve kidney stones. Thus, coconut oil provides more energy more quickly than other fat sources. People who suffer from poor digestion, especially liver or gall bladder problems would benefit more by using coconut oil rather than other oils in their diet.
Immune System Enhancing Properties – MCFA
Coconut oil contains the following MCFAs:
Each of these contain antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Lauric acid has the greatest antiviral activity. Caprylic acid is the most potent yeast fighting substance.
Research says that MCFAs disrupt the lipid membranes of viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi because their membranes are both very similar. This confuses the microbes and viruses causing them to weaken and become easy prey to white blood cells, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system.
Those who suffer from candida and other fungal infections may greatly benefit from coconut oil. Psoriasis and eczema and other skin infections caused by a fungus and can be helped by applying coconut oil topically.
Firstly, we need cholesterol. Cholesterol is vital for the human body and for health. It is a key component to our brains, comprising 25% of its mass. It is required everywhere in the body as an antioxidant, electrical insulator, structural scaffold, and as a functional component of all membranes. Cholesterol is required for nerve transmission and the formation and function of synapses in the brain. So we absolutely need it!
A diet high in the saturated fat of coconut oil is essential to keeping HDL cholesterol levels high and has been shown to increase longevity.
Coconut oil contains no cholesterol and has a positive effect on cholesterol. It has actually been shown to improve HDL (or good) cholesterol. People from areas in the world that have a staple base of coconut in their diet have very low incidence of hear disease and normal levels of cholesterol.
No legitimate research has ever demonstrated that coconut oil consumption has a detrimental effect on blood cholesterol levels. The cholesterol-lowering properties of coconut oil are a direct result of it’s ability to stimulate thyroid function. In the presence of adequate thyroid hormone cholesterol is converted into necessary anti-aging steroids.
Dr Raymond Peat who is a leading researcher in hormone health, details how coconut oil, when added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone. Dr Peat recommends increasing pregnenolone for women with hormone imbalances. Pregnenolone improves circulation in the skin, gives the face a lift, restores sagging skin, and restores bags under the eyes by promoting the contractions of muscle like cells. Pregnenolone counters fatigue, enhances memory, protects the nerves from stress, and has anti anxiety properties.
Research has also indicated that coconut oil may in itself have antioxidant properties, since the oil is highly stable and reduces our need for antioxidant vitamin E, whereas unsaturated oils increase our need for vitamin E. Unlike other vegetable oils, coconut oil is not oxidised easily.
Probably the most dangerous substances to our heart and arteries are oxidized fats that have gone rancid, forming free radicals. These damaged fats attack our arteries cause inflammation and injury. Coconut oil is the most stable of all cooking oils, being able to survive extremely high temperatures without oxidizing and turning into a bad fat. Vegetable oils, and sadly even olive oil, are unstable fats that should NOT be heated.
Coconut oil is so resistant to free radical attack that it acts as an antioxidant helping to prevent oxidation of other oils. Coconut is therefore a protector of our heart!
Coconut oil also protects our skin from aging in the same way, by preventing free radicals that cause premature aging. It prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them.
Thyroid and Weight Loss
Replacing the fats you eat now (like processed vegetable oils, canola oil etc) with coconut oil may be the wisest decision you can make to lose excess body fat - Dr Bruce Fife. Coconut oil promotes thermogenesis (fat burning), shifting the body's metabolism into a higher gear so that more calories are burnt. MCFAs are easily absorbed and rapidly burned and used as energy for metabolism, increasing metabolic activity and even burning long-chain fatty acids too.
Cooked unsaturated oils suppress the metabolism, contributing to hypothyroidism and weight gain. Bad oils not only decrease our tissues response to thyroid hormones, they also suppress transport of the hormones with catastrophic effects.
Consuming coconut oil regularly restores thyroid function, may help relieve thyroid problems, and actually increases the metabolic rate leading to weight loss. Eating coconut oil is like putting high-octane fuel in your car - the car runs smoother and gets better mileage. So your body works better, has greater energy, better endurance and more harmony.
Coconut oil boosts your metabolic rate which increases energy, but also protects your from illness and speeds healing. Cells can function at a higher rate of efficiency, including immune cells, so this provides an increased degree of protection from degenerative and infectious illnesses too.
Medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil feed cells with out the need for insulin. They also improve insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. Combined with a low-refined-carbohydrate diet, coconut oil is a diabetic person's best friend!
Lauric and capric acids in coconut oil enhance the ability of pancreas to secrete insulin. All of the MCTs in coconut oil stimulate metabolism, increase production of insulin and the absorption of glucose into cells. - Gudmunbar et al 2001
Coconut oil also reduces the glyceamic index of foods consumed with it so that you feel fuller longer. This helps with appetite regulation and also reduces sugar cravings and the likelihood of over-eating. Erratic blood sugar stresses the system and calls in the need of adrenal glands.
Shifting to coconut oil as a major source of our fat and energy normalises blood sugar levels, increases energy, decreases the stress on our system, and thus reduces our need for the adrenal hormones, and removes the effects of adrenal stress.
Coconut oil is a safe, natural anti fungal that you can use to overcome candidiasis. A few TBs a day is all it takes in conjunction with a sugarfree diet. Caprylic, Capric and Lauric acids in coconut oil are powerful anti microbial agnets that work together to kill Candida Albicans.
Studies have shown the medium-chain fatty acids (triglycerides) in coconut oil are the fastest and most effective fats at killing Candida. Capric acid disrupts or disintegrates the outer membrane of the Candida leaving the insides disorganised and shrunken (ie.dead) - Gunmundar Bergsson et al 2001
Alzheimer's and Brain Degeneration
Would you like to decrease your chance of developing a devastating degenerative brain disease like Alzheimer's, Dementia and Parkinson's? As far back as 2004, a study published in the Journal of Neurobiology and Ageing determined that coconut oil MCTs improved cognitive function in older people with memory problems and even Alzheimer's.
Dr Mary Newport in 2008 published her findings of a report on her husband whose Alzheimer's disease not only slowed but actually improved with coconut oil. This story made news headlines and tv shows around the world.
Coconut oil is not prone to oxidation as are other unsaturated oils. Oxidative stress and effects on mitochondrial function are widely know to negatively effect brain health. Another major advantageous coconut oil is it's ability to provide the brain with and alternate source of energy in ketones. Ketones are high energy fuels that nourish the brain and MCTs in coconut oil can be produced into ketones.
A low-fat diet is shown to be one of the most detrimental diets to brain health, heart health and our overall health.
A diet enriched with the saturated fatty acids in coconut oil offers strong advantages for the protection against oxidative stress in heart mitochondria. This commonly causes a decline in the normal function of the heart. Coconut oil is heat resistant and unlike other vegetable oils will not oxidize and cause free-radicals that damage the heart. Dr Mary Enig PhD, a well known and respected researcher and supporter of coconut oil has published many papers on this topic, as well as many other health topics as they relate to coconut oil.
Coconut oil protects the heat and arteries form injury caused by bacteria, viruses and free radicals. By removing the cause of arterial injury, coconut oil prevents further damage allowing arterial walls to heal, and therefore not only prevents heart disease but actually improves it!
The evidence is so remarkable that coconut oil will soon be at the forefront in the fight against rising heart disease figures.
MCFAs are funnelled directly to the liver and converted into energy. This gives the body an immediate boost of energy. This burst has a stimulating effect on the entire body. Metabolism is stimulated as the MCFAs are easily absorbed by the energy-producing organelles of the cells.
This had led many elite athletes to use coconut oil as a means to enhance athletic performance, energy and stamina. This is true for the average person too. Coconut oil will give you greater energy, vitality and zest. Eaten regularly, coconut oil MCFAs can provide a boost in energy and performance of daily activiites.
Overeating also puts tremendous stress and strain on the digestive system. This can drain your energy levels and make your fatigued, tired, worn-out. Coconut oil has been shown to curb cravings and also to stimulate the satiety part of the brain that tells us when we have eaten, eaten enough, and should stop. Simply taking a TBs of coconut oil before a meal will start this process and lead to more appropriate portion control and food consumption.
Coconut oil is the most stable of any oil or butter and can be heated to very high temperatures. Therefore if you are going to heat food, coconut oil is the healthiest and wisest choice for cooking. Unlike other fats and oils coconut oil when heated does not form dangerous trans fatty acids because it is a completely saturated fat.
Simply making the simple switch to using coconut oil for all of your cooking needs can have tremendous beneficial affects to your overall health and energy levels.
* reference David Wolfe, Eating for Beauty; Dr Bruce Fife, the coconut oil miracle;