“He who plants a coconut tree, plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children”
This quote from the South Pacific illustrates the variety of uses in which the not so humble coconut can be used for. Once vilified as a bad fat, coconut and its derivatives are now considered one of the new super foods. In fact, coconut oil is now deemed to be “the healthiest oil on earth” according to Professor Emeritus Dr John Kobara.
Benefits of Coconut Oil:
- Coconut oil is an excellent tool to have in your kit for reducing inflammation.
- It’s a medium chain triglyceride (MCT), which means that it doesn’t need pancreatic enzymes for digesting. MCT’s are absorbed directly into the liver for use as energy, and are therefore less likely to be stored as fat. In fact, studies have shown an increase in metabolism of between 48-65% for 24 hours after a single meal containing coconut oil. An elevated BMR not only burns body fat but is also beneficial for circulation and repair.
- Recognised for its unique properties and enjoyed for nearly 4000 years in Ayurvedic medicine. Its abundance of benefits are well documented and proven over time.
- Contains high levels of lauric acid (also found in mother’s milk). Lauric acid is converted by the body into monolaurin, which has strong anti bacterial and anti viral properties.
- Yet another important compound found in coconut oil is caprylic acid. Caprylic acid is a potent anti fungal against Candida and other ‘nasties’ that often plague inflamed sugar laden bodies.
- Coconut oil is the best choice for use in oil pulling. This Ayurvedic technique uses coconut oil pulled back and forth in the mouth for 20 minutes each morning (then spitting it out), followed by a salt water rinse. By killing off harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay, we improve our oral health and reduce cavities. There is also strong evidence linking poor oral health with arthritis and other disease state. By reducing Candida and harmful bacteria, we reduce the toxic load on our liver, thereby improving the liver’s ability to function – and therefore our overall health. And, of course, it is yet another way of ‘surrounding the dragon’.
- Great for cooking and has a high smoking point (177 degrees celcius). There are many good coconut recipe books available. One of my personal favourite recipes is ‘wild goat rendang’!
- It’s an excellent skin moisturiser and has many cosmetic uses.
- Dogs, cats and other pets can also benefit from coconut oil’s wonderful properties. 1 – 2 teaspoons per day will show improved skin and coat, as well as improved symptoms from arthritis and connective tissue damage. My English Springer Spaniel Lizzie, loves it!
Yours in health,
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