Coconuts are harvested from the Middle East, Thailand, but the Philippines are one of the largest producers. The coconut oil is made from the kernel or otherwise called the meat of the mature coconut. Thai people, that consume a traditional Thai diet including coconut oil, are shown to have a lower risk of both heart disease and some cancers.
Coconut oil helps our hair and skin look younger and smoother. It gives stress relief, helps with weight loss by speeding up our metabolism. There are even benefits from coconut oil for those who are suffering from diabetes and cancer.
What can all the health benefits be accredited to? Coconut oil contains about 50 percent of lauric acid; it is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) that will destroy funguses, bacteria and viruses. It also contains Vitamin E and K, along with antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties in additional to the many other health benefits of this tropical fruit.
Coconut oil is easy on the digestion system causing less stress on each body function. By decreasing stress it will increase body metabolism helping the Thyroid and Pancreas to function more efficiently.
Coconut oil will help protect skin against free radicals, which cause premature aging. It has been shown to be beneficial to various skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Dermatitis and even Acne, through both ingesting it to using it topically. For most individuals with sensitive skin, coconut oil can be used to moisturize without causing rashes or breakouts.
Coconut oil contains the antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, which helps the body to deal with harmful attacks on the immune system. Making sure to get adequate exercise, sleep, and whole food diet is also important to having a strong immune system.
Coconut oil has also been shown to regulate blood sugar for diabetics and lower cholesterol leading to a healthier heart.
So, the over all information coming from the studies is showing that the health benefits out way the concerns of Coconut oil being a saturated fat and bad for our health.
About the Author: Patricia ZelmEmmart CHHC, AADP owns and operates Pacific Holistic Living.