Health Wonders of Coconut Oil

Up until now, there are 1,500 studies approving coconut oil as one of the many healthy options of foods present on earth. Coconut oil has many benefits and has many uses that prove to go beyond contrary to what most of the people think. Many researches have also been finally uncovered which shows the many secrets of this popular fruit; including some healthy fats known as MCFAs (Medium- chain fatty acids). These fats uniquely include the following:

  1. Lauric acid
  2. Capric acid
  3. Caprylic acid

Moreover, around an estimated of 62% oils on the coconut is composed of three fatty acids (healthy) and the 91% fat found on the coconut oil can be considered as saturated fat (healthy). The fats we consume mostly takes a long period of time to digest but the MCFAs that can be found on coconut oil gives the absolute great source of needed energy because it only has to go on a three step process in order to be converted into a fuel versus some other fats that go through a longer process of 26 steps. Compared to LCFAs (Long- chain fatty acids) which can be found on plants that are oil based, the MCFAs are:

  • Easy to digest in the body
  • Never stored readily as fats
  • Anti- fungal and anti- microbial
  • Differ in size since it is smaller. It then allows easy cell permeability which can be used for immediate energy
  • It is processed by an organ called Liver, so it means it can immediately convert the energy and not stored readily as fats.

Several medical research claims that coconut oil do benefit our bodies on several ways:

Proven Alzheimer’s Disease Natural Treatment

When the liver digests MCFAs, it then creates ketones that are energy readily accessible for the brain. The ketones supply the energy needed by the brain. Insulin is no longer needed in the process of converting glucose to energy. There are recent researches that show how the brain actually creates insulin for its own use in order to process the glucose as well as to process brain cell power. On patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the brain loses the ability of creating insulin for itself so the ketones that are from the coconut oil is used to create and serve as an alternative energy source in order to facilitate brain function repair.

Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure

Since we know that saturated fats, the natural ones can be found in coconut oil, the saturated fats will increase the HDL/ healthy cholesterol inside the body and also facilitate in the conversion of LDL/ bad cholesterol to good cholesterol. In helping to increase the HDL inside the body, heart health is being promoted while also lowering any form of cardiac disease risk.

Cures UTI and Kidney Infection & Protects the Liver

The coconut oil heals and clears up the urinary system for patients with kidney infections and urinary tract infection (UTI).  MCFAs found on the oil of the coconut works as an antibiotic which is natural in origin by disrupting lipid coatings of bacteria to eventually kill them. Moreover, there are clinical studies which show how coconut oil can directly protect our liver from any damages. The coconut water on the other hand helps support any healing process and hydrate the area affected. Physicians tried also to inject the coco water on a kidney organ and eventually cleared up the presence of kidney stones. This only proves how coconut is powerful.

Improves Memory and Brain Function

In a 2004 study published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the MCFA’s found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects. Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently.

Improves Energy and Endurance

Coconut oil is easy to digest, but also produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as its MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy!

Today, many triathletes will use coconut oil as their source of fuels during training and races for long distance events. You can make a homemade energy fuel by mixing coconut oil, raw honey and chia seeds together. Simply put together 1 TBSP of each and consume 30 minutes prior to exercise.

Candida and Yeast Infections

A study published in the journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy found the capric acid and lauric acid in coconut oil were an effective natural treatment for candida albicans and yeast infections. To effectively kill candida and treat yeast infections remove processed sugar and refined grains from your diet and consume plenty of healthy fats. Take 1 tbsp of coconut oil 3x daily as a supplement.

Improves Digestion, Reduces Stomach Ulcers & Ulcerative Colitis

Coconut also improves digestion as it helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium. If coconut oil is taken at the same time as omega-3 fatty acids, it can make them twice as effective, as they are readily available to be digested and used by the body.

Coconut oil can help improve bacteria and gut health by destroying bad bacteria and candida. Candida imbalance especially can decrease stomach acid which causes inflammation and poor digestion.

Reduces Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease & Pancreatitis

The MCFA’s of coconut oil do not need the pancreatic enzymes to be broken down, so taking coconut oil eases the strain on the pancreas. Additionally, this super fat is so easy to digest that it has been known to improve the symptoms of gallbladder disease as well. Replace other long-chain fats with coconut oil to improve gallbladder and total body health.

 

Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis

One study has been conducted in India found out that the amount of antioxidants in a virgin coco oil can reduce an inflammation and can heal arthritis effectively compared to most leading medications. In a similar study also conducted, researchers found out that when coco oil is harvested using a medium heat process; the oil can stop any inflammatory cells. Therefore, coco oil can work wonders and be both effective as an anti- inflammatory agent as well as analgesic agent.

Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Coconut oil can help prevent and fight cancer. It is composed of two important qualities. The first one is because it has ketones on it when digested. The tumor cells are known to be weak in the presence of ketones because it cannot access the ketone energy and it is very glucose dependent. It has been proven also that ketogenic diets can possibly be a helpful component in aiding cancer patient’s recovery process. The second important quality is that the MCFA’s on the coco oil are the ones who digest the bacterial lipid wall on patients at risk of stomach cancer.