The health benefits of coconut oil have been around for a long time but it is only recently that they have started to be accepted by the mainstream medical community. Coconut oil is a great alternative to other oils as it is a good source of heart healthy fats that do not adversely affect blood cholesterol.

 

History 

Dr. Weston Price, a dentist,  traveled through the South Pacific in the 1930’s examining traditional diets and the health of the populations he visited.  Coconut products were an everyday staple food choice for the populations he encountered.  He discovered that those eating lots of coconut products were healthy and trim despite the high fat concentration in coconut products.

During World War 2 the Japanese cut off America’s supply of coconut oil.  This led to American manufacturers creating vegetable oils to fill the gap in America’s kitchens.  The vegetable oil industry used advertising to promote vegetable oils as a healthy alternative to coconut oil.  They also blamed coconut oil for raising cholesterol and the rising increase in heart disease.

Coconut oil was on shaky ground.

 

Current Research:

Quick Energy Source. – Good source of medium chain fatty acids that are turned into energy quickly.

Lowers Cholesterol. – Promotes heart health.  Coconut oil increases HDL (the good cholesterol) while lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol)  New England Deaconess Hospital Study (Norton et al 2004).

Aids Weight Loss. – Does not turn to fat in your body.  The medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are processed directly in the liver and immediately turned into energy.

Strengthens Immunity.-  Fights disease.  Good source of lauric acid.

Raises Metabolism.Burns fat and increases energy.

Supports Thyroid Function. 

Skin and Hair Moisturizer. – Safe and effective all natural moisturizer.

Improves Brain Function. Ketones found in coconut oil provide energy sources for damaged brain cells.

 

Understanding Medium Chain Fatty Acids – Lauric Acid

Coconut Oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs).  Medium-chain fatty acids are more easily digested than fats found in other oils.  Medium chain fatty acids are processed directly in the liver and are quickly converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.  This boosts metabolism.

Coconut Oil contains lauric acid a MCFA which is also found in breast milk.  Lauric acid strengthens a newborns immune system.  Research is showing that lauric acid can help to strengthen everyone’s immune system.  Adults could probably benefit from 10 to 20 grams of lauric acid per day.

Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are so nutritious that they are used in baby formulas and hospitals to feed the critically ill.

 

Purchasing Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil can be found available at many grocery stores, health food stores and online.  Keep in mind not all coconut oils are the same.  You want to do some research to find the most natural unprocessed product that you can.

  • Look for labels that say unrefined, organic or unprocessed.  You do not want refined, bleached or deodorized.  As close to natural as possible.
  • Coconut oil is solid at 76 degrees Fahrenheit.  It will turn liquid when heated.
  • Should smell like a coconut.

 

Conclusion

Coconuts and coconut oil are a staple natural whole food choice in tropical regions of the world and have been for centuries. Adding coconut oil to your diet has many discovering how coconut oil helps them lose weight, increase metabolism, improve digestion and protects against some disease.

 

 

Purium’s Organic Tropic Oil is pure extra virgin coconut oil.

 

 

 

Coconut oil is a healthy addition for everyone to add to their diet.  Coconut oil does not turn to fat in your body and is safe to use.  It raises body metabolism, so you burn more fat and have more energy.



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