By: Shana Perkins, HHC
Coconut oil, derived from the meat of coconuts, has more than just an impressive nutritional profile. While most fats consist of long chain fatty acids, coconut oil is primarily composed of medium chain fatty acids, which the body digests and metabolizes very differently. The reason for this is because the body can instantly absorb these fats by bypassing the liver and gall bladder, resulting in increased metabolism, instant energy and increased circulation.
Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are the 12 carbon lauric acid, and when coconut oil is digested it also it forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin kill off harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Coconut oil is also non-toxic making it a much better alternative to modern drugs that are typically prescribed for bacterial, fungal and viral infections.
These fats have also been the subject of much research for their effect on neurodegenerative diseases. Many natural healthcare professionals including Dr. Bruce Fife and Dr. Russel Blaylock claim you can prevent (and reverse) diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, ALS, and multiple sclerosis by ingesting coconut oil. These diseases are due to excessive free radical damage which disrupt the brain’s ability to utilize glucose (the brain’s primary energy source). With the brain not receiving enough glucose, brain cells degenerate and die. Not only does coconut oil combat free radicals, but the medium chain fatty acids provide the brain with an alternate energy source in the form of ketones. Read how Dr. Mary Newport was able to reverse her husband’s Alzheimer’s with coconut oil is her incredible book “Alzheimer’s Disease: What if there was a cure?”
Coconut is also one of the best foods you can consume and put on your body to increase your beauty! Studies show that adding coconut oil to your diet results in decreased waist size and increases your energy expenditure. When used externally on hair it adds volume and shine. Adding it to your pre=shower regimen moisturizes hair on a deeper level while making it water resistant, resulting is less breakage. It’s also no coincidence that coconut oil is an ingredient in making skin care products, it’s chemical structure makes it perfect for penetrating dry, rough skin and delivering hydration where it’s needed most. In addition to moisturizing, coconut oil has been known to combat the signs of aging by smoothing wrinkles, reducing sagging, and healing damaged skin.
The immune boosting and anti-microbial effects of coconut oil accumulate. This means that in many cases taking more is better. Many natural health doctors who understand the power of this superfood recommend taking a tablespoon every 2-3 hours for their very sick patients. Start off with a tablespoon a day and gradually build up to what feels comfortable for your body if you are not working with a qualified health care professional.