I’ve always had a little obsession with coconuts and anything coconutty!
And when I suddenly couldn’t pick up a magazine or read a website that wasn’t raving about the magical health benifits and medicinal properties in coconut oil I knew this one would be an easy transition for me!
Organic virgin coconut oil has positive effects for every system in the human body and has been classified as a “superfood” that fosters health and beauty from the inside out.
In David Wolfe’s book Superfoods he writes:-
Coconuts are one of the greatest gifts on this planet. No matter where you are, what you’ve done, how much you have mistreated your body, fresh young coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut cream and coconut oil can save your life.
Coconut oil has been used as food and medicine since the dawn of history. Ayurveda (the medicine of India) and the medicinal systems of Polynesia have long advocated the coconuts therapeutic and cosmetic properties.
For years coconut oil along with other foods that were rich in saturated fats have been given a really bad rap in the media. Throughout all the years that these falsities about coconut oil and other saturated fats were being spread around, the levels of heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and Alzheimer’s disease have been increasing.
Meanwhile across the pond studies conducted on Pacific Islanders, who get about 30 to 60% of their saturated fat intake from coconut oil were found to be thriving quite nicely, and cardiovascular disease was pretty much non existent.
So how is this possible….
Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA). Unlike long chain fatty acids found in saturated animal fats (that are associated with creating bad health) MCFA support the immune system, the thyroid gland, the nervous system, the skin, and provides fast energy. MCFA are sent directly to the liver, which means they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat. MCFA help stimulate the metabolism making it an excellent tool for weight loss. Eat fat, get thin. Who’d of thought it!
This misconception that coconut oil is not good for heart health has finally come to a halt, thank goodness!
The evidence is piling up and toppling over, the Jury is out, coconut oil is very beneficial for the heart ♥.
This is because it contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as the ones you find in vegetable oils, and they reduce the incidence of injury and damage to your arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of arteries).
Coconut oil is very valuable to our immune system as it contains healthy antiviral, antifungal, and anti-microbial saturated fatty acids helping to naturally fight off viruses, bacteria, and fungal overgrowth. It also helps if you suffer from tummy bloating or poor digestion or irritable bowl syndrome as the anti-microbial properties have a very soothing affect on bacteria, candida or parasites that cause poor digestion.
And the list goes on…..
♦ Coconut oil is reported to help combat Alzheimer’s disease
♦ Increase bone strength
♦ Control blood sugar
♦ Treat urinary tract infections
♦ Acid reflux
♦ Help reduce the appearance of varicose veins
♦ Some evidence shows that the beneficial fats in coconut oil can help with depression and anxiety.
But lets talk beauty…….
Coconut oil has been used as a skin moisturiser for thousands of years.
It is ideal for rough or dry skin and is excellent for anti aging and sagging skin anywhere on the body and face.
Because it consist of mostly MCFAs, it is easily absorbed by the skin.
It prevents stretch marks and lightens existing ones and works great as a lip balm. You can use it as an eye make up remover and it also conditions your eyelashes and promotes growth. I can vouch for that one as I have noticed a huge difference in the length and condition in my lashes over the last couple of months! By massaging it into your scalp you can prevent dandruff, and if you really want to treat your tresses to some TLC smooth it all over the hair and leave it for twenty minutes for a deep conditioning treatment.
And if you want to go for the glow combine a teaspoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of baking soda or Epsom salt and massage it in circular motions around the face and décolletage. They both make superstar exfoliates to brighten up lacklustre skin and you can make larger amounts if you want to turn it in to a body scrub. Sometimes I add a few drops of essential oil just to make it that bit more luxurious.
Breakouts are always a bit of a bummer so to help minimize acne-related inflammation apply a thin layer of coconut oil, this will also combat redness and irritation. I’ve recently been a bit prone to mild eczema flare ups and coconut oil is my one and only go to! Free from any harsh chemicals in the creams I was prescribed (that actually made it worse) it treats it perfectly, and quickly brings down the inflammation.
Oils and heat…
Heat, along with light and oxygen, can destroy the beneficial fats in some oils. Polyunsaturated fats are most fragile and are not recommended for cooking. Coconut oil being mainly a saturated fat is able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils, making it one of the best oils for cooking. I find it gives a delicious taste and a superb texture to foods.
I LOVE cooking with coconut oil! It makes me feel like I’m in a tropical paradise and always turns up the feel good factor for me in the kitchen! I also add it to my smoothies, use it instead of butter when I bake and when I’m on the go sometimes I just take a spoonful out the jar!!
Make sure you use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, my favourite brands are Biona, Lucy Bee, Essential Organic and Viridian. Although the price tag is a little bit higher than other oils remember this is a good all-rounder and a HUGE investment in your health.
Have an amazing week wellness warriors.