Coconut Oil – Friendly Fat!

by Charlotte Smith

From stubborn stomach fat, to dry skin and hair, to low energy, to strong, clean teeth and gums – and even for neurological degeneration – coconut oil, once considered a “bad fat,” is proving itself a world champion healing food.

Coconut Oil – Abdominal Fat and Cholesterol Reduction as well as Moisturizing Hair and Skin

“Medical Daily” is a medical news and media website that provides updates on some of the latest medical research. In an October 2, 2013 article titled “Four Health Benefits of Organic Coconut Oil” by Anthony Rivas, readers learn that women given coconut oil supplements on a daily basis for twelve weeks, reduced the weight in their abdominal areas. The study participants also exercised and ate a balanced diet in addition to adding just two tablespoons of coconut oil to their daily routines.

The study concluded that: “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.” The fact that coconut oil seems to lower cholesterol is among other points discussed in the “Medical Daily” article.

Coconut oil aides in proper hormone function, which in turn, helps support healthy thyroid function. Abnormal function has been associated with higher cholesterol. The article also discusses how hair and skin health can be improved by using coconut oil through coconut oils moisturizing capabilities. Coconut oil is is bountiful in antioxidants and vitamin E which can help to prevent water loss of the skin. Coconut oil can also help improve teeth and gum health.

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Coconut Oil Pulling

On October 8, 2013 Dana Oliver published an article in the“Huntington Post” titled, “Three Reasons You Should Try Oil Pulling.” We learn that “pulling” is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. Ayurveda is a traditional form of plant-based alternative medicinal practice birthed out of India thousands of years ago. Oil pulling takes place when one moves a spoon full of coconut oil around in their mouth making sure it covers teeth and gums for fifteen to twenty minutes daily.

Then, it is best to spit it out into the trash as spitting it out into the sink may clog drains after some time. Bruce Rife, C.N., N.D., (Link) recommends using coconut oil to practice oil pulling one to three times a day on an empty stomach, before meals and after brushing one’s teeth.

Coconut oil has anti-bacterial and antiviral properties that help to whiten teeth and keep gums in a state of health. Oil pulling also activates enzymes in one’s saliva that help to detox the body. One of the subsequent consequences of this improved detoxing ability may be a better skin complexion. Coconut oil may also help improve the well-being of people with Alzheimer’s.

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The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil in People with Alzheimer’s

The Canadian Television (CTV) website reported that coconut oil can be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. (The cited report’s author, Dr. Mary Newport, is married to a man who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at fifty-one years old.)

Dr. Newport found that just four teaspoons of coconut oil per day improved her Husbands’ condition. Pharmaceuticals, on the other had, did not help Steve (her husband).

Steve had degenerated so much that he needed assistance tying his shoes; he had, over time, developed a tremor when he tried to eat or talk. At that point, Dr. Newport began to look into ketones. Ketones are molecules of organic fuel created when ones body burns fat. Dr. Newport’s research discovered a theory that the brain cells of those with Alzheimer’s are starving to death because they can not absorb glucose which is a sugar for energy.

Ketones might serve as another type of absorb able energy. When Dr. Newport took her new found knowledge and started implementing daily amounts of coconut oil into her husband’s diet. Within weeks he could tie his shoes again and had improvements in his ability to walk.

Within several months his memory began to improve as well. The article goes on to report: “After five years of resistance from the medical community, Newport was able to convince the Institute researchers to launch this one-of-a-kind study of coconut oil, after receiving a $250,000 grant from a private foundation.” And it continues: “The pharmaceutical industry is in this — of course to make money for their companies, and of course they want to help people theoretically — but at the end of the day it is about dollars…”

Sadly, Steve has since suffered a stroke and one may wonder, perhaps, if Steve could have further improved his diet to further improve his health. Still, Dr. Newport’s research holds a possible, natural, option to improve the quality of life in people with Alzheimer’s. Coconut oil has a multitude of possible health benefits and can be a reasonably cost affective, natural way, to improve one’s general well-being.

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