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The Health Benefits Of Organic Coconut Oil ~ Natural Remedies

Updated on October 1, 2016
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Cynthia is a homesteader who grows, harvests, and stores many foods, and prefers natural, homemade remedies for her family.

Many of you may be wondering ~ what is organic coconut oil and how do you use it? Organic coconut oil has many uses I will cover some in this hub as well as organic coconut oil's many health benefits. Organic coconut oil has been consumed in tropical countries for thousands of years. Organic coconut oil is used extensively in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and many more tropical locations. The health many health benefits of organic coconut oil can be attributed to the caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid that are found in coconut oil.

It may seem that organic coconut oil is currently trending as a new fad, the truth is people have been using it for thousands of years and reaping tons of health benefits from it as well. Not to mention research surrounding the use of organic coconut oil has been around for a long time as well. Organic coconut oil happens to be the richest source in nature for lauric acid. Lauric acid is a proven combatant of pathogens and the research dates back 50 years.

Organic coconut oil is also among the few foods that have been deemed a superfood. This is due to the fact that it increases digestion,and aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Studies have show that the lauric acid in coconut oil improves good HDL cholesterol in the blood, this aids in improving cholesterol ratio levels.

Once upon a time coconut oil was a favorite for baking, because of its long shelf life and a low melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oils was used widely in the United States and Canada till around the 1970s when the propaganda against saturated fats began. At that time the research and studies available on saturated fats were not as in depth as the research we have today. This led to most food manufacturers abandoning coconut oil in favor of using hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils, made from corn and soy.


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Health Benefits Of Organic Coconut Oil

There are many benefits of organic coconut oil, outside of just using it in the kitchen. Organic coconut oil lends itself to a wealth of uses like making lotions, lip balm, conditioners and even deodorant! I did find a few studies during my research linked to the treatment of Alzheimer's, and many speculating a cure. I found that I personally did not feel that significant research had been done for me to add it to the list, though I do feel it is worth mentioning in case reading this article prompts you to conduct your own research.

  • Weight loss
  • Fights yeast and fungal infections
  • Helps fight viruses
  • Candida - treats and can even cure
  • Boosts thyroid function
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Increase metabolism
  • Increase endurance and energy
  • Blood sugar control
  • Positive antioxidant action (decrease risk of cardiovascular disease, and skin aging)
  • Skin and hair moisturizer
  • Chemo treatments (aids in relief of symptoms.)
  • Reducing the Viral load of HIV and Cancer patients
  • Bones, helps absorb minerals to help fight osteoporosis
  • Dental care
  • Stress relief
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney- helps dissolve stones and prevent kidney disease
  • Liver
  • Thrush
  • Yeast
  • ringworm
  • athletes foot

According to the coconut research center coconut oil is effective in fighting many viral infections due to its anti fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. These viral infections include herpes, SARS, influenza and many more. It also proven to kill bacteria that can cause throat infections and urinary tract infections.


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Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce, Packaging May Vary
Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce, Packaging May Vary

In my home we use Carrington Farms Organic coconut oil. It is Non Gmo, and cold pressed. It provides not only a great many health benefits, but I love cooking with it too! I almost exclusively use Coconut oil these days, in place of less healthy oils for cooking and frying.

 

Choosing a Coconut Oil

I am sure you are very interested in beginning your journey with coconut oil and reaping the health benefits. The last thing you want to do is run to the store and buy just any coconut oil. You need to diligently read your labels and know what you are purchasing to reap the most benefits.

Organic Non GMO virgin or extra virgin coconut oil, is simply the best for you. This way you know it is not a 'genetically modified organism' it was grown organically and it is a virgin oil. A Virgin oil is an oil that was cold pressed extracted without chemicals and it was extracted without using heat and thus maintains all of those wonderful nutrients and health benefits. An Extra virgin oil, is an oil that meets certain requirements, it is made from only virgin products and meets specifications for acidity levels.

Any oil that is labeled 'pure' or just simply labeled oil is usually made up of a blend of refined and virgin product and is usually obtained with chemicals being used in the extraction process. I don't know about you but putting 'chemicals' in anything that enters my body is just not cool! Not to mention in order to reap all these health benefits the oil must not be extracted by heating or chemicals as many nutrients will be lost during the process of extraction. So always look into a product prior to purchasing it, even looking up the manufacturer website can be helpful as most will tell you all about the process and the company. I prefer to do this as it is not required that GMO products be identified on the label. My motto is 'When in doubt, Google it out!', I suggest the same if you are at a loss for what brand to purchase. I always look for sustainable farming, and look into the energy use of the company as well. The greener the better in my book. I am sure not everyone takes those things into account, I have much more faith in a brand if they are willing to put their energy consumption on a website and the practices they use in farming.

Benefits of Coconut Oil in Food Preparations

Organic coconut oil has a very high smoke point and a long shelf life, it will remain solid at room temperature unlike many oils available on the market. Since it has a high smoke point it is an ideal choice for preparing a wide variety of dishes. Fudge can even be made with organic coconut oil, it also adds a wonderful complexity to the flavor profile of sauteed vegetables and stir fry dishes. Really the possibility are endless, organic coconut oil is a very versatile product.

From my experience with organic coconut oil, the flavor profile is light and fresh so if you are worried about it effecting the taste of your dishes and them tasting odd, don't be. I also do not like coconut flakes or the meat of a coconut at all and I really enjoy the flavor organic coconut oil brings to the dishes I prepare. I do find that I love to cook with coconut oil, not just for the wealth of benefits but for the flavor, making popcorn with organic coconut oil instead of your regular oil or butter, is delicious!

I am an avid chia seed advocate too, mix 1 teaspoon chia seed with 1 teaspoon coconut oil for an energy boost in the morning! Just the addition of organic coconut oil in a bowl of oatmeal, will make your oatmeal super creamy and you will be energized all day! I suggest doing this only in the morning otherwise the added energy boost may have you up very late!


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      Cynthia Hoover 13 months ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Kristen I am only using coconut oil to cook these days! It is amazing! Everything seems to cook more evenly too!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This was an interesting read about the many uses and benefits of coconut oil. My brother uses it for his cooking lately. I would love to give it a try. Voted up!

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      Cynthia Hoover 2 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      MizBejabbers Thank you for the comment and voting up! I never thought about trying a pie crust! I will have to experiment and see if I can keep it from crawling down in the pan- I am sure it is yummy! Thank you for sharing your coconut oil stories with me!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Cynthia, more and more information is being released today on the health benefits of coconut oil. As a child we used to hear stories of the women of the South Sea islands whose hair and skin were soft and beautiful because they used coconut oil, kind of like the Indians used bear oil for cosmetics. I'm they smelled better. My mother used to buy coconut oil soaps and shampoos whenever she got the chance. Also, in the 1960s my first husband and I managed a movie theater for his dad. I was surprised to learn that coconut oil was used to pop movie theater corn and that was what made it taste better than popcorn we popped at home. However, I brought some home and made a pie crust. When the crust became hot in the oven, it crawled down into the pie. The pie had a 1-inch bottom crust and no sides, but it was the best tasting pie crust I ever made. Good hub, voted up