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Coconut Oil

For a long time we were under the impression that all saturated fats are bad for our health and can lead to obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s and all sorts of serious life threatening issues. In recent years we have realised we were wrong and that not only are naturally occurring, unhydrogenated fats good for you, they can heal and prevent many illnesses and diseases. 


Why It’s So Good?

Coconut oil contains Lauric acid which is a compound with amazing health promoting properties. It contains antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties to boost the immune system. It can treat many bacterial and fungal infections such as candida, athlete’s foot, measles, influenza, and hep C.

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. The oil is made up of around 90% saturated, 6% monounsaturated, and 3% polyunsaturated fat. Coconut oil is mainly made of medium chain fatty acids which are smaller fat molecules that are quickly absorbed and converted into energy, like glucose but without the insulin spike and then crash. The MCFA’s in coconut oil actually boost your metabolism and help your body use fat as energy.


Benefits Of Coconut Oil

  • Boosts metabolism & aids with weight loss.
  • Improves heart health & reduces health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Improves digestion & nutrient absorption.
  • It’s a quick energy source and controls sugar cravings.
  • Supports immune system.
  • It’s anti fungal, antiviral & antibacterial.
  • Promotes healing & tissue repair.
  • Hydrates and protects the skin, improves skin tone and prevents wrinkles and skin aging.
  • Reduces psoriasis, eczema symptoms.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Enhances physical performance.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • And much more.

 

Which Type Of Coconut Oil?

Unrefined extra virgin coconut oil cold pressed

  • Labelled as ‘virgin’ or ‘extra-virgin’, this coconut oil is made from the pressing of fresh raw coconuts, without the addition of chemicals. 
  • Flavour can be mild to very intense.
  • Virgin, unrefined oil is more superior to refined coconut oil.

 

How To Use Coconut Oil?

We recommend 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil with meals for adults per day for optimal health benefit and to increase fat intake.


Uses For Coconut Oil

  • Cooking instead of olive oil as it’s very heat-stable.
  • Adding healthy fats to smoothies, juices, tea or coffee.
  • Wounds and cuts to promote healing and avoid infection.
  • Treat athlete’s foot or toe fungus.
  • Kill yeast or yeast infections.

 

To Healthy Living

Daniel


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