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Prevent and treat health problems with coconut

Updated on November 25, 2013
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Integrative Healthcare Professional interested in sharing the message about health, wellness and the law of cure.

Coconut oil in short

Saturated fats play a big part in a lot of processes within our bodies. Coconut oil especially has undeservedly been regarded as an artery-clogging saturated fat that is to be avoided. How come? Well, it is based on misunderstanding and misconception. Thus this is why lots of people are confused about the health benefits coconut oil has to offer.

The vast majority of fats we get from our diet are sourced from plant or animal origins. These include saturated and unsaturated fats.

Coconut oil is comprised of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). MCFAs are smaller than LCFAs (long chain fatty acids) hence they digest more easily and are more water soluble. MCFAs are used in the liver as a source of fuel to produce energy.

The presence of MCFAs in mother's milk is contributory to how breastmilk protects newborn babies from infections in the first few months of their lives when their immune system is still in its developmental stages.

Coconut , coconut oil & their uses in summary

  • Cellular food
  • Antiviral
  • Thyroid health
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Hormone balance
  • Hair and skin health
  • Antimicrobial
  • Helps with treating infections and parasites
  • Helps with promoting healthy Cholesterol levels
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcers
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-aging
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Cancer
  • Allergies and Sinus infections
  • Control of Blood sugar levels and helpful in Diabetes
  • Protects against sunburn (when applied to skin)
  • Good for your heart
  • Promotes intestinal health
  • Weight management
  • Detoxify the body and rid the body of toxins and free radicals
  • Expels parasitic worms
  • Role in urinary and reproductive systems; urinary antiseptic (Coconut water)
  • Coconut water shares a similar electrolyte profile to human plasma and helps in dehydration (both drunk and given intravenously)
  • Coconut water is a great tonic for the old and sick
  • Good source of nutrition and fiber
  • Antifungal

Virgin coconut oil and its role in heart health and cholesterol

Coconut is mainly comprised of insoluble fiber. Opposite to common belief, arterial plaque is actually made up of protein instead of cholesterol or fat. Epidemiological studies throughout the world have shown that the risk of developing heart disease in coconut eating countries decreased.

Even though coconut oil may be a saturated fat, studies have proven that it raises HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and decreases LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels after virgin coconut oil is consumed for a few months. Although ingesting coconut oil will raise total cholesterol, the implications and risk of heart disease is directly proportional to the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL levels. Thus even though total cholesterol is increased, the levels of HDL cholesterol also increase thus resulting in a lower total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio which results in lowered risk of heart disease and thus their complications.

A woman who was trying to lower her cholesterol started taking 4 to 8 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil daily to her diet for two months. At first, her total cholesterol and LDL levels were high but her triglyceride level had decreased. However, her HDL level had increased and this caused her cholesterol ratio to decrease which ended up being in the optimal range and thus she did not need to use cholesterol lowering drugs.

Conclusion

Like everything else, virgin coconut oil is not a miracle cure but it has been proven to have beneficial roles as summarised above. Don't expect immediate results because just like any illness takes time to latch on to us, the curative process too takes patience and time in proportion to the length of time one has the condition.

Coconut is a food. As lone as you are not allergic to it, one should be able to eat it without problems. Be advised though that when people initially start to use virgin coconut oil either internally or externally, the development of a skin rash could result. This can be due to either a cleansing reaction where the body is expelling its toxins that have accumulated over the years or it could be an allergic reaction to coconut.

Another factor to be aware of is that when the body begins its journey of recovery, one will often end up developing any one or all of these symptoms; headaches, nausea, sniffles, rash, wind or flatulence. Sometimes one may develop a cold as a body's means of cleansing and purifying itself from the accumulation of toxins and free radical build up and move illness from the internal to be expelled to the external. This is a good sign and is indicative of the body going through the healing process.

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      Nat Holistic Health Professional IAHT IANLPC 4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks! Feel free to check out my previous hubs and follow me for future hubs. Happy to share toward improving the health of the world at large. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub about the health benefits of coconut. Well researched and well presented---Thanks for sharing!