Before I begin praising coconut oil for being a wonderful household staple I want to say I’m not a doctor. I don’t know your health situation. This is just the information that resonates with me! Now, on we go.
We use coconut oil for everything in our house. When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING: cooking, baking, personal care products, health maintenance, yes…everything! The reason I switched over to coconut oil was three fold 1) It has a million and one health benefits. 2) It really is that versatile. 3) When we started working around Ana’s allergies it was least likely to cause problems.
The health benefits stem from coconuts oils richness of Lauric Acid. When broken down by the body it shows antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Really! Coconut oil can be used to help treat just about any infection internally (eat/cook with it) as well as external. I know moms who slather coconut oil on burns, diaper (or other) rashes, athletes foot, thrush (or other yeast infections) and so much more with amazing results.
I wouldn’t recommend this to another mom without speaking to their doc but when Ana was tinnie tiny and we had such bad refulx problems she got a tiny bit of coconut oil daily with her probiotics and vitamin D3 to help heal her digestive system.
What about fat? Aren’t we supposed to eat low fat? Honestly, that is a whole other topic for a whole other post but the quick answer for the sake of this post is NO! Trans, unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and any other kind of modified/enginerred fat can be damaging to your health. However, good quality saturated fats, in moderate quantites is great for the body (Coconut oil, good quality grass fed meats, and full fat (also grass fed) butter, yoghurt etc). The body needs fat to survive and coconut oil has a high amount (I think like 92%!) of saturated fat that is easier for the body to digest and use! Because of this it also tends NOT to raise bad cholesterol levels and in some studies has even been shown to raise good cholesterol levels.
Curious? While the research on coconut oil is still in it’s infancy here is a list (adapted from Bruce Fife’s site, The Coconut Research Center) of things coconut oil has been shown to do:
– Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
– Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
– Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
– Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
– Provides a nutritional 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; also reduces symptoms associated with pancreatits.
– Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
– Reduces problems associated with 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 loss of excess weight 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 form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form 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.
Is it the end all be all for curing medical conditions? No. However I’m a fan of prevention and staying healthy in general so it can’t hurt right?
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