Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap in the past, but surprisingly it’s antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, and heart healthy. I’ve never been a big coconut fan, except for smothered in chocolate. But when you feel the difference from a spoonful of coconut oil and see the benefits in your body you will love it too. Cold pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil is my number one go to super food. It has been shown to work on a number of common ailments. Here are just a few conditions that can benefit from coconut oil….
- Athelete’s Foot
- Yeast Infections/Thrush/Candida
- Dry Skin/Dandruff
- Live ticks & Lice
- Cradle Cap
- Heart Burn
- Planter’s Warts
- Blood Pressure
- Stretch Marks
- Cuts, scrapes, abrasions
- Toenail fungus
It can be used as a base for homemade bug spray, deodorant, toothpaste, hair care, and even sunscreen with SPF 4 by itself. It can be used to replace any cooking oil. I use it to scramble eggs, saute veggies or meat. It doesn’t end up tasting tropical or coco-nutty. If you haven’t heard about Coconut oil swishing it’s an ancient technique to detox the mouth and blood stream. Many people eat spoonfuls for dementia or candida infestations but you have to be careful as it can bring toxins into the bloodstream if you take too much too soon. It is a very strong antifungal and if you feel sick it’s not because you are allergic, it’s a strong indicator you have a fungal overgrowth and you need to drink lots of water to flush the toxins.
For those of you who bought into the false claims that coconut oil is unhealthy, here’s some info to clear up the matter. We have long, medium, and short-chain fatty acids and our bodies metabolize each one very differently. The majority of the fat in a standard american diet is long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is one of the few sources of MCFA and unlike LCFA it doesn’t have to be processed by the liver or gallbladder so it can be used instantly for energy. It also increases metabolic rate, heat production, circulation and is known to lower the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis.
“Lowers risk of diabetes, heart disease and improves cholesterol levels – In a study made on women ranging from 20 to 40 years old, half were instructed to take a 30 ml soybean oil supplement while the other half were instructed to take a 30ml coconut oil supplement while maintaining moderate exercise routine over a 12-week period. Results of the study showed that although both groups had a decrease in body mass index (BMI), only the women who were taking coconut oil showed a notable decease in waist circumference significantly lowering the risk of conditions like type II diabetes and heart disease.
Furthermore, the study also showed that the subjects who experienced an improvement in their cholesterol profile along with higher HDL levels and higher HDL: LDL ratio were the ones taking coconut oil. Those taking soybean oil did not receive the same benefits but reflected a higher total cholesterol as well as higher LDL cholesterol lower, lower HDL cholesterol and a lower HDL: LDL ratio.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/026547_oil_coconut.html)
I could go on and on about the amazing benefits from coconut oil, but one last tidbit I learned recently….
Lauric acid is the key component in coconut oil that makes it antifungal/viral/bactericidal. Breast milk is the only other source of lauric acid, which must explain the lesser incidents of infections with breast-fed infants. It has also been observed that regular consumption of coconut oil boosts immunity and reduces incidences of sickness. Three tablespoons is the recommended daily dose for adults and this is the same amount a child receives breastfeeding in one day!