Talk to me for 5 minutes and you’ll learn how much i love and respect coconut oil. Like everything, some people can’t tolerate it, but for the majority of people, it’s an amazingly medicinal food.
Yes. It’s a saturated fat. No, I’m not trying to kill you. 🙂 Contrary to the mainstream message, saturated fats are not deadly, rather they’re much much healthier than polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Let’s talk more about that some time!
In the meantime, check this out:
Coconut oil can help you release weight, especially abdominal fat (“central obesity” is the most dangerous kind):
- The fats in coconut oil are shorter than vegetable oils (called medium-chain triglycerides) so they contain fewer calories.
- But, calories don’t matter much because they’re primarily used for energy, only minimally stored as fat deposits.
- Promote fat burning. Fats in coconut oil are instantly metabolized to provide energy like carbohydrates, yet they don’t spike blood sugar.
- Fat in coconut oil suppresses appetite by balancing blood sugar.
- Aim for 3-5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day, but start slow lest you turn your bowels into a waterslide (your body needs to adjust to this increased fat intake).
Coconut oil is antimicrobial (kills bacteria, viruses and other pathogens)
- A tablespoon of coconut oil can help shorten/prevent the common cold or flu.
- Nursing mothers should eat coconut oil to boost levels of lauric acid in their milk. This will help strengthen baby’s immune system. Breast milk naturally contains lauric acid, in fact it’s the only other natural source of the fatty acid in nature! No wonder a coconut shell can so easily be converted into a bikini top.
Coconut oil is really easy to digest
- People with digestive difficulty can usually absorb coconut with ease because its fat molecules are so short that they can be absorbed through the stomach and very top of the small intestine.
Coconut oil can help mitigate cravings, and even lessen addiction
- When you’re craving a sweet, take a spoonful of coconut oil instead and wait a few minutes. The blood sugar balancing effects of coconut oil may help dull or eliminate that craving.
- If you suffer from mild addiction, you might try downing a shot of coconut oil when the urge for a cigarette or a drink strikes you. Some people report that it helps.
It’s best to use virgin organic coconut oil. But, since it will taste like coconut, you may choose to use minimally refined coconut oil when you’re making a batch of sautéed broccoli. Be sure to get the most gently processed oil possible, because excessive processing will remove many of the healthful properties.
Cooking with coconut oil is a great idea, but you can also just eat it from the spoon. Or, since it melts at very low temperatures, put it in a shot glass with warm water and shoot it back like it’s your 21st birthday.
UPDATE on 9/3/2012:
MORE from this very well-referenced source!: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-evidence-based-medicinal-properties-coconut-oil:
- Fat-burning: accelerates the loss of midsection fat. Two solid, human studies show that 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day (30 ml), in both men and women, can reduce belly fat within 1-3 months!
- Brain-Boosting: measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction from Alzheimer’s.
- Clearing Head Lice: Coconut oil combined with anise spray!
- Healing Wounds: Coconut oil can “accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.”
- NSAID Alternative: has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.
- Anti-Ulcer Activity: Coconut milk as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate
- Anti-Fungal: “In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility.”
- Hormone-regulating: Ex. reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone. Production of other hormones will certainly react well to lower inflammation.
- Reducing Swollen Prostate: (in rats)
- Improving Blood Lipids: Improves LDL:HDL ratio!
- Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Enhances absorption of carotenoids in tomatoes
- Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone
- Sunscreen: Can block out UV rays by 30% (but remember moderate UVB exposure is necessary for vitamin D production)