Coconut Oil - Amazing Stuff!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

If you are not using coconut oil in your kitchen, bathroom and daily life then let me tell you…….You are missing out! Coconut oil is an amazing product. The list of health benefits is extensive. I absolutely love coconut oil. I use it every day. From my daily moisturizer (from head to toe), to cooking, frying, sautéing and baking. Any recipe that calls for vegetable oil; I use coconut oil. I even drizzle a little on my dogs food. They love it!

Why is coconut oil better than vegetable oil?

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) vs vegetable oils which have long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). LCFAs are larger and very difficult for your body to break down. They add to the body’s toxic burden. LCFAs are also stored as fat. LCFAs are loaded with omega-6 fats. Too much omega-6 fatty acid is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, cancer and other diseases. When these oils are heated, their antioxidants become damaged and oxidize. Coconut oil is stable enough to resist heat induced damage. The coconut oil (MCFAs) are smaller and more easily digested by your body, so they do not get stored as fat. Coconut oil is an omega-3 oil, which has many benefits.

“The benefits of omega-3s include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease.” Omega-3 Benefits

About 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is made of lauric acid. Lauric acid is a compound with unique health promoting properties. Lauric acid is converted in your body to monolaurin, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal properties. So put a spoon full in your frying pan then “lick the spoon baby”!

Benefits and Uses of Coconut Oil

  • Replaces vegetable oil in cooking
  • As a natural SPF4 sunscreen
  • To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
  • To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
  • To support healthy thyroid function 
  • Topically to kill yeast or yeast infections
  • Topically, can help skin heal faster after injury or infection
  • Can help sooth psoriasis or eczema
  • Strengthens immune system and digestive system
  • Use in homemade: lotion, toothpaste, deodorant, diaper cream, sunscreen, body scrub
  • Season cast iron skillets
  • Use as an alternative to butter
  • Can help improve sleep when taken daily
  • Dilute essential oils for internal and external use (My essential oils)
  • For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally

tasty treat and healthy for my dogs
There is some evidence that regular ingestion of coconut oil can help prevent or reverse Alzheimer's,
reduce inflammation and arthritis. In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healed arthritis more effectively than leading medications.
Study on inflammation and coconut oil

Coconut Oil for Weight loss
It helps to burn fat, decrease appetite and in studies it was especially helpful in losing belly fat! Hey, who doesn't want some of that!!
“Coconut’s ability to help you shed fat has been well established. A 1985 study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health proved that a single injection of capric acid resulted in “initially rapid, then gradual decrease in food consumption and a parallel loss of body weight” in male rats. It might seem counter intuitive to assume that eating coconut oil (a fat) will contribute to fat loss, but it is actually quite logical. The key to understanding this phenomenon lays in the multidimensional ability of the MCFAs to control a variety of physiological processes. For example, in the 1985 study mentioned above, it was discovered that capric acid shows significant improvements in thyroid function, helps lower resting heart rate, and assists your body in burning fat for energy. More recently, the Obesity Research Journal published a study from Boston University Medical School that gives us a clue why MCFAs have fat burning ability.” study on obesity and coconut oil

Coconut Oil for Anti-aging 
According to research published in the medical journal Food and Function, coconut oil improves antioxidant levels and can slow aging. Coconut oil works by reducing stress on the liver and by lowering oxidative stress. study on anti-aging and coconut oil

A Dash of Wisdom on coconut oil:
- buy unrefined cold-pressed organic virgin coconut oil (I buy from Sams Club)
- coconut oil has a melting point around 76 degrees (so it will melt in your hands)
- start now to incorporate this amazing oil into your life

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