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Is Coconut Oil the Fountain of Youth?

Is Coconut Oil the Fountain of Youth?

For most North Americans, coconut is a fun flavor, enjoyed shredded, sweetened, and made into cookies or candy, or perhaps whipped up in a piña colada.

For much of the rest of the world, though, coconuts are more than just an occasional addition to a tasty confection; they are a staple of nutrition and traditional medicine. Coconut oil, especially, is used to promote health and treat an amazing variety of ailments.

Coconut Oil – Healthy Fat?

Until recently, coconut oil was out of favor because of its high saturated fat content. Saturated fats are often implicated for contributing to heart disease and high cholesterol. Paradoxically, though, nutritionists now know that coconut oil is possibly the most healthy oil in existence, surpassing even olive oil. As scientists learn more about the composition of various fats, and their effect on health, they discovered that the length of the fat chains that make up coconut oil allow them to be more readily used for energy than some other fats, so they don’t hang around clogging up the bloodstream, or settling in around vital organs. In fact, coconut oil may even help to clear other, less healthy fats, away.

Beyond just that, though, coconut oil contains three compounds — lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid — that make it useful as an antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and moisturizer. Here’s a look at just a few of the health benefits attributed to coconut oil:

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Skin and hair care: Coconut oil is an exceptional moisturizer for both skin and hair. It can help to fight dandruff, whether caused by a dry scalp or a more serious condition, and breathe new life into dry, brittle hair. It has been shown to heal flaking, cracked skin, forestall wrinkles, and help in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, and other chronic conditions, and to speed up the recovery of bruises. It also makes a great natural alternative to commercial hair conditioners or skin lotions.

Immune support: The lauric acid in coconut oil is converted by the body into monolaurin, which is key to a strong immune system. As a result, coconut oil can help the body fight off a variety of viruses and infections, such as cold, the flu, and even harmful parasites such as giardia lamblia. It can also be used topically to heal skin abrasions and fight fungal infections. It kills harmful bacteria and fungi without damaging tissues, and also moisturizes wounds to prevent them from drying out.

Cardiovascular health: The lauric acid in coconut oil can help to prevent or lessen issues such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It can also contribute to greater elasticity in the veins and arteries, for a more healthy circulatory system

Healthy organ function: Coconut oil supports the function of the liver, pancreas, kidneys, and gall bladder, ensuring that everything operates smoothly, and preventing disease in these important organs.

Digestion: The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil fight off bad bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can take up residence in the digestive tract, helping to promote healthier digestion. This can prevent issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, and also allow the body to more efficiently absorb the nutrients in food.

Blood sugar: Coconut oil improves the secretion of insulin, which helps the body to regulate blood sugar, and also enables the body to more efficiently use glucose for energy. This makes it helpful in preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones and teeth: Coconut oil can improve the body’s ability to absorb minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, which contribute to strong bones and teeth.

Weight loss: The fatty acids in coconut oil are easy to digest, and are used up quickly by the body, in the form of energy. In addition, healthy dietary fats speed up the body’s metabolism, allowing it to burn more calories, while at the same time contributing to a sense of feeling full, which can prevent overeating.

Can coconut oil help your pet’s skin issues?

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  • Michael Lorenti says:

    I drink a shot glass full of Virgin Coconut Oil everyday in the morning before coffee. It takes a few weeks to start feeling the benefits but I DEFINATELY know I rarely get sick, I am leaner, I have heaps more energy and my overall feeling of good clean health is high.

    When i stop taking it I realize the difference. My gut feels heavier and more sluggish, my moods are less stable… I always know when I need to get back on coconut oil again.

    For me the best example is in Bali, the balinese people use coconut oil to get chewing gum out of a little kids hair. That is exactly what happens in your intestine tract when coconut oil passes through… It releases all of the toxins that are enjoying themselves (at your expense) throughout your entire digestive tract. Toxins create illness and slow us down sucking all our energy. Coconut oil helps free them from your intestines and send them to where they should be… in the toilet bowl.

    Im not selling anything… Im just amazed at what great things a few tabelspoons of pure virgin coconut oil do for me.

  • Pandora says:

    The only way I can eat coconut oil is to make cake icing out of it for baking. Powdered sugar, milk and vanilla,and butter. All organic. Store bought icing it not good for you at all!

  • Tina Lindsey says:

    I am interested in using the coconut oil, but I don’t like doing the popcorn in it. Also, I tried cooking the eggs in it and they stuck to the pan so I went back to using the butter for that. I have so many allergies to many chemicals and fragrances (like lavender and the whole lily family). I can’t use bleach or ammonia products, which rules out most shampoo and conditioners… How would I be able to use the coconut oil for these things? Can you give me some recipes that I can use? I would be very greatful for them. 🙂

  • Melody says:

    I have been having multiple skin and scalp issues lately, so after reading all the comments here, today I decided to create my own skin & scalp balm. Mixed about 1/4 cup of coconut oil with several drops each of Lavender, Copaiba, Peppermint and Tea Tree essential oils — known to support healthy skin, scalp & hair — and rubbed it all over my trouble spots. Used a mini funnel to fill a small plastic bottle with a flip top so I can grab it and go during the week. Hoping this custom blend does the trick!

  • Robin Cecconi says:

    Where do we find answers to all the great questions being asked

  • Edie says:

    I have been using coconut oil for 6 -8 month both internal and external but see NO DIFFERENCE in either skin or other , yes I use the good kind , what am I doing wrong ?

  • Cindee says:

    IMPORTANT!
    I’m reading a lot of comments that raise concern about where they’re buying their coconut oil and the type.

    It’s imperative that you buy ONLY 100% ORGANIC, UNREFINED coconut oil.

    Many brands claim to be organic. Many of those are processed. Even putting processed oil on your skin is unhealthy because as we know what we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream, which in turn goes into our organs, etc. So ALWAYS look for organic AND unrefined oil. It’s the healthiest for consuming and topical use.

  • Rebecca Elisa Watson says:

    I have skin issues; I have Rosacea. I read that Coconut oil helps with other skin issues such as Psoriasis and Eczema. Will it hopefully also help with Rosacea?

  • Melissa says:

    I Coconut oil is the best for so many things !!! I use it all the time and its great for your pets too. Love all the many ways you can use it. I will never stop using it. !!!

  • Barbara says:

    How do you take it for weight loss and how do you use it in cooking…It has a very distinctive taste?

  • Catherine Cutter says:

    How do you take it for diabetic and to lose weight.

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