Lately, there has been a lot of health buzz about coconuts, coconut milk, coconut water, and especially, coconut oil.
But when there is so much hype over something, it is prudent to find out how much truth is contained in all those glowing reports.
Well, in the case of virgin coconut oil, it turns out that most of the "hype" is amazingly true!
You have probably heard or read that the health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining normal cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism. But did you know that coconut oil also supports healthy kidneys, the heart, normal blood pressure, normal blood sugar, oral health and bone strength?
If that were not enough, coconut oil inhibits HIV, cancer, candida, fungus and kills lipid encapsulated viruses as well!
How Can Coconut Oil Be So Healthy?
The health benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid (an important component of human breast milk), capric acid, caprylic acid, and its soothing antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Does this sound too good to be true? Virgin coconut oil has been attributed the following health benefits, too:
- Supports Thyroid gland health.
- Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, and AIDS.
- Kills bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea.
- Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
- Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, and giardia.
- Provides a nutritious source of quick energy.
- Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
- Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
- Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
- Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
- Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
- Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
- Helps protect against osteoporosis.
- Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
- Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
- Improves digestion and bowel function.
- Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
- Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
- Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
- Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
- Functions as a protective antioxidant.
- Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
- Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
- Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
- Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
- Reduces epileptic seizures.
- Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
- Dissolves kidney stones.
- Helps prevent liver disease.
- Is lower in calories than all other fats.
- Supports thyroid function.
- Promotes weight loss by increasing metabolic rate.
- Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
- Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
- Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
- Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
- Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
- Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
- Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
- Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
- Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
- Helps control dandruff.
- Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
- Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
- Is completely non-toxic to humans.
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Whew! (Obviously, virgin coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on earth.) Next time I'll write about how to easily add virgin coconut oil to your healthy diet.
Do you have a favorite coconut recipe or experience you'd like to share?