Although I had promised to share with you some programs for “Drop Sets”, my dear friend of many years Emine Önkal, pictured below, suggested that I expand on the benefits of coconut oil. Apparently, friends who have also been following the blog wanted some more information on the subject.
So, “Drop Set” programs next week.
I say “usage” because you can use coconut oil in many ways that do not involve consuming it; you’ll see what I mean.
I briefly summarized the benefits of using coconut oil in my post “Why Does This Guy Consume All These Unusual Things He Told Us About In The Last Post?” May 18, 2015.
Briefly, coconut oil:
* Increases your energy expenditure and you burn more fat,
* The lauric acid in it kills bacteria, viruses and fungi,
* Kills your hunger,
* Improves blood cholesterol levels,
* Is a great moisturizer and sunscreen,
* Ketones can boost your brain functions,
* Can make you loose fat.
Could anyone ask for more? Well, I’m going to give you more below.
COCONUT OIL: FOUR TABLESPOONS OF THIS “BRAIN FOOD” MAY PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S
A case study by Dr. Mary Newport discusses KETONE BODIES, an alternative fuel for your brain, which is produced when your body converts fat (as opposed to glucose) for energy. One primary source of ketone bodies is medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
Normally, the fat you consume must be mixed with bile before it is broken down by your digestive system. MCTs go to your liver where they are converted into ketones, bypassing the bile completely. Your liver then sends the ketones to your bloodstream, which help transport the ketones to your brain as fuel.
It has been shown in many studies that ketones appear to be the preferred fuel for the brains of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes.
You can stimulate the production of ketone bodies by consuming coconut oil. It was determined that just over two tablespoons of coconut oil could supply your body with 20 grams of MCTs, which is the amount that can help prevent degenerative neurological conditions.
Another way for your body to produce ketones is by adapting a “ketogenic diet”; this is basically a protein and good fats diet with very little carbs. But it’s a topic for another post.
COCONUT OIL AND DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Remember the terrible parasite CANDIDA that I passed on to you in the post “A Parasite That Effects 250 Million Americans: Candida” dated September 28, 2015? Well, mice fed coconut oil had a 10-fold drop in the colonization of Candida albicans yeast in their gut.
Candida overgrowth is very common in people with digestive complaints, and coconut oil, which has anti-microbial properties, is an effective solution.
Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids (MCT), which have a number of health benefits, including raising your body’s metabolism and fighting off pathogens that long-chain fatty acids found in other fats, such as polyunsaturated vegetable oils (corn, soy, olive, etc.) do not have.
In the case of Crohn’s disease (inflammation of the gastrointestinal track from mouth to anus), for instance, it’s been shown that adding long-chain fatty acids to a patient’s feeding tube worsens the condition, while medium-chain fatty acids do not have this adverse effect.
Another digestive benefit of consuming coconut oil (MCT) is that they improve fat absorption in patients who have had their colon fully or partially removed.
MCTs also help your body absorb other nutrients. For example, coconut oil enhanced tissue uptake of tomato carotenoids to a greater degree than safflower oil. I’m sure that a lot of us put some virgin olive oil on our tomatoes; TRY COCONUT OIL FOR A CHANGE.
By the way, you may be wondering why I keep using the acronym MCT for medium-chain fatty acids; triglyceride is a synonym for fatty acid.
COCONUT OIL FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND METABOLISM
MCTs are smaller than LCTs (long-chain triglycerides found in most vegetable oils). This means they permeate cell membranes easily and do not require lipoproteins or special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body. Furthermore:
- MCTs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system. This is especially important for those of you with digestive or metabolic concerns.
- MCTs are sent directly to the liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
- MCTs in coconut oil can actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss.
Another very important attribute of coconut oil is that it is rich in lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin by your body and this compound also found in breast milk STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY. Caprylic acid, another coconut fatty acid present in small amounts, is another beneficial anti microbial component.
COCONUT OIL FOR HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS
The antibacterial and antiviral activity of coconut oil makes it especially well suited for oral health.
Studies show that massaging coconut oil on your gums significantly reduces decay-causing SREPTOCOCCUS bacteria as well as PLAQUE.
One thing that I do while I’m preparing to go to the gym is OIL PULLING. This involves “rinsing” your mouth with coconut oil. About a teaspoon of oil is “worked” around your mouth by pushing, pulling and drawing it through your teeth for about 20 minutes. Start out with 5 minutes and work up to 20 minutes or more.
This process allows the oil to “pull out” bacteria, viruses, fungi and other debris from your mouth. This will strengthen teeth, gums and jaws and prevent decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, and dryness of throat and cracked lips.
Rules for oil pulling:
- Never swallow or gargle
- After you spit out the coconut oil, rinse mouth with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water
- Brush your teeth
You can make your own coconut oil toothpaste; there are many recipes on the Internet. If there is a demand from my readers I’ll give you a few. Let me know in your comments.
OITHER USES OF COCONUT OIL
Face and body moisturizer
As Lao Tzu said “The journey of a thousand miles begins with ONE STEP”. This is certainly true when it comes to your health. Making a series of small, manageable life style changes can have profound effects on your life for the better. ONE SUCH OPTION IS THE USE OF COCONUT OIL.
Coconut oil is one of the best, most stable oils to use in your cooking. Put it on top of steamed vegetables. It’s great when you add it to your smoothies. If you can’t find a creative way to use it today, just eat 2 tablespoons throughout the day.