Summertime, tropical beaches, turquoise sea water….the picture is not complete without coconut palm trees. The sweet fragrant smell and aroma of coconuts evoke feelings of happiness in many people. But there is much more to coconut than just an attractive smell and taste.
Coconut oil is one of the multiple products made from this precious Nature’s gift.Coconut oil has a multitude of proven healing properties utilized by people around the globe.
It can be used internally for the prevention and treatment of ailments, but also externally for the beauty and health of the skin and hair.
Why do we need to use coconut oil?
Coconut oil is good for the heart and the liver.
It is true that it has a high content of saturated fats, but they do not elevate the bad cholesterol levels. These fats actually protect the arteries and prevent atherosclerosis.
The fatty acids are transformed into energy quickly and do not overload the liver.
The high levels of lauric acid also prevent heart diseases and raised blood pressure.
Coconut oil aids weight loss.
Have you seen any obese people in the tropical regions?They consume coconut oil regularly in their diets but are generally not overweight.
This oil is light for digestion and it speeds up the metabolism, while protecting the pancreas of excessive work.
Coconut oil possesses certain types of acids that fight against bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Research has shown that a product of lauric acid, monolaurin, effectively deals with microorganisms that cause a lot of diseases, including influenza, herpes, pneumonia, and even HIV. Coconut oil is therefore a powerful immune system booster.
Coconut oil promotes good digestion and prevents stomach problems and increases our body’s intake of nutrients.
It helps in the elimination of Candida yeast infection due to its antifungal properties.
It accelerates the body’s ability to heal damaged and infected skin. It protects the skin from drying, wrinkling and premature aging.
Coconut oil controls blood sugar levels and helps our body use glucose effectively.
It soothes the nerves while eliminating tiredness when it is gently rubbed into the skin.
Coconut oil may offer a ray of hope for Alzheimer’s patients
Coconut oil has been in the limelight lately due to the multitude of testimonies about its healing powers in Alzheimer’s patients. This brain disease is affecting more than 30 million people worldwide and around 5 million U.S. citizens. T
o this day, cure for this illness has not yet been found. But coconut oil does seem to give a glimpse of hope for some people.
There are more and more testimonials shared directly by patients or their family members about how the Alzheimer’s symptoms were reduced and even reversed when coconut oil was added to their everyday diet.
Dr. Newport’s study
It all began in 2008, when Dr. Mary Newport published an article about the amazing results of giving coconut oil to her husband Steve, an Alzheimer patient with progressive symptoms of the disease. Although he regularly took medications, his condition deteriorated.
Steve stowed signs of depression, began to lose weight, and could no longer perform simple household tasks. He forgot where to find items in the house and was unable to remember the phone messages for his wife.
Dr. Mary Newport decided to give her husband regular doses of coconut oil for two months. She had previously done some research on the beneficial effects of medium chain triglycerides, or ketone bodies, in patients affected by diabetes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The results of taking coconut oil for 60 days were astounding: Steve regained his concentration and memory, his optimistic and cheerful mood returned, and he was again willing to communicate with people.
After a year of coconut oil treatment, his drastically improved health remained stable.
What is the explanation behind this success?
Dr. Newport gives all the credit to ketone bodies, or medium-chained triglycerides found in coconut oil. Our brain uses sugar, or glucose, as the main energy source. Some cells in the brain affected by Alzheimer’s cannot process glucose, depriving parts of the brain of the essential food it needs.
Dr. Newport believes that ketone bodies feed the brain with energy just as effectively as glucose. When our body processes coconut oil, ketone bodies are created, nourishing our brain.
This theory is yet to be widely acknowledged and confirmed by formal scientific studies, although some doctors have already expressed optimistic views on the potential healing property of coconut oil, like dr. Carolyn Dean, a medical director for the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
She claims that coconut oil is a very useful sort of fat, although it belongs in the group of saturated fats. The neurons in the brain have an outer fatty layer, or a myelin sheath. It is continuously being regenerated when we consume new fats. The health-compromising trans fats from processed food should be replaced with more healthful fats in coconut oil to build up our neurons.
Stephen Cunnane, a Canadian brain scientist who works at University de Sherbrooke, has also confirmed that ketone bodies can serve as a potential brain food. He came to this conclusion using PET scans.
An individual research by Oxford University confirms that ketones do promote better brain function and contribute to the health of our brain.
The University of South Florida’s Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has finally agreed to do a research on the usefulness of coconut oil in treating Alzheimer’s. They are currently carrying out a study that involves 65 Alzheimer’s patients with mild to moderate symptoms.
It is funded by a private organization. It is questionable why the official medical system has not shown interest in doing an extensive research on this topic having in mind that a large number of people have experienced drastic health improvements.
We are anxiously awaiting the official results of this study.