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9 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil

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Introduction:

Coconut oil. It was a staple in my household back in my birth country Guyana, indeed in most of South America, palm trees are as perennial as the air we breathe.

Every yard boasts coconut trees and almost everyone, uses coconut. Fresh coconut oil was the most used oil of that day. That is no longer true.

The women or men would grate the coconuts and make a batch of fresh oil with which to fry fish and to cook. You have never had food as good as that cooked with freshly made coconut oil.

Yum-my!

We used coconut oil as a general skin and facial moisturizers, and let me tell you, not too many wrinkles were visible even though we spent most of our time in the sun, with no sunscreen and many were of advanced ages.

Aged persons were mentally and physically intact, strong, with BMI within normal limits. Heart attacks and strokes were rare.  It was not until I journeyed to the “new world” that I heard and saw many of the diseases I am now so familiar with.

People died in ripe old age, in their right minds and with all their working parts.

So when about 20 years ago we began hearing about coconut and its inherent risks for heart disease, I was quite startled. I was raised on this stuff.

Hearing that coconut oil was not a good for you, increased your cholesterol and was contained the ‘bad’ fats. Believing the hype, it quickly became ‘persona non grata’ in my life and I shared this information with family and friends.

I quickly forgot about coconut oil except when I went back for a visit and I did not eat much of it.

So when about 10+ years ago the information sources began touting the benefits of coconut oil I was so surprised. Apparently we had been fed, pun intended, misinformation that coconut oil was bad for us and contributing to heart disease and obesity.

Many people from several parts of the world had always known and experienced the health benefits of coconut oil.

It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume.

About Coconut oil:

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Coconut oil obtained from the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), made from copra, (the dried meat of the coconut from which the oil is extracted), used both domestically and industrially due to its very flexible nature. Used in food production, pharmaceuticals and paints.

It boasts a low melting point, is resistant to rancidity, has the sweetest nutty flavor, and easy digestibility.

As always the first cold-pressed virgin oil is the best for use.

Coconut oil is 100% fat, 80-90% of which is saturated fat. Saturated fats were once thought to be a contributing factor to heart disease, but studies have been tipping the scales in favor of its many benefits.

This saturated fat is what gives coconut oil its thick texture at cooler temperatures. The fat is made up of smaller molecules called fatty acids, and there are several types of saturated fatty acids in coconut oil.

Coconut oil contains no cholesterol, and no fiber. It contains trace vitamins, minerals, and plant sterols.

Plant sterols have a chemical structure that mimics blood cholesterol, and studies have shown that plant sterols may inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the small intestines.

Benefits of Coconut oil:

1. Coconut oil does not convert to fat in your body.

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without being converted to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCT’s are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy quicker.

It is for this reason MCT’s are utilized in infant formulas and adult supplementation. Some animal studies have implicated MCT’s in raising our metabolism thereby promoting weight loss.

MCT’s either do not affect total cholesterol, or they may raise HDL cholesterol and may improve the ratio of HDL (good cholesterol) to LDL (bad cholesterol).

2. Coconut oil increases your metabolism.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker in your body, it increases your metabolism, which promotes weight loss.

Coconut oil encourages the body to use triple the amount of calories it normally would use. Since coconut oil is made up of many MCT’s it is converted to energy faster producing more heat. More heat equals more work equals more calories.

This is great news for people who have thyroid problems, since coconut oil improves sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common oils, like vegetable (soy) and corn have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Coconut oil has omega 3 fatty acids.

Most cooking oils contain omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids, something we get way too much of in the United States. Our omega 6 to omega 3 ratio should be between 1:1 to 5:1 but the typical American diet has allowed for a ration of about 20:1 and increasing.

We need to drastically reduce our omega 6 intake and increase our omega 3, and coconut oil chock full of these healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

4. Coconut oil gives you energy.

Because of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that it increases the metabolism, most people that switch to coconut oil feel a burst of added energy in their daily life.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which increase metabolic rates and provides a fast expenditure of energy. . MCT’s promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

Coconut oil is processed directly in the liver producing a constant supply of glucose that is readily available for brain use.

Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found that adding coconut and coconut oil to their diet proved helpful to them.

5. Excellent for skin and hair.

Coconut oil, one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes.

It aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, known to help with those who suffer from yeast and other infections of the skin.

Not only does is soften and smooth your skin, coconut oil has proteins and antioxidant properties that protect the skin and hair from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes for an excellent massage oil too.

6. Coconut oil is anti-infective:

Evidence is mounting that coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, when consumed internally and/or used topically.

Most oils oxidize and become rancid quite quickly causing free radical damage in our bodies. Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in our body from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.

Coconut oil also assists in the absorption of other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E.

7. Coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking.

It has a higher smoke point than olive oil and flaxseed oil, in that it can handle higher temperatures without degrading.

The saturated fats contained in the oil are credited for its long shelf life and for its ability to handle higher temperatures than other oils. It resists oxidation unlike other cooking oils.

Rancid oils cause free radical damage in the body, which is a leading cause of cancer. Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature.

Because of the misinformation we had received, we have missed years of the healthy benefits of coconut oil the peoples of the tropics have enjoyed for centuries.

But now it has been rediscovered!

8. Used for Oral Care:

Coconut oil is one of the oils identified for “oil pulling” due to its anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Ideally done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before brushing.

Forcefully swish the oil somewhat forcefully between your teeth and swish around your mouth for 5-10 minutes. This process should be done while sitting with your chin up. Try not to swallow and do not spit in the sink as it can clog your drains.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid which can react with alkalis present in saliva such as sodium hydroxide and bicarbonates to form sodium laureate-soap like substance, which reduces plaque adhesion and accumulation. Lauric acid prevents dental caries and is beneficial to oral health.

After 5 mins the oil takes on a milky white hue as it begins to emulsify. Ideally it should be done 3

9. Coconut oil has a pleasing taste:

Coconut oil and has a wonderful “nutty sweet” flavor that is so pleasing to the palate. I believe it enhances the taste of most foods, there is no mistaking its distinct flavor.

In everything; moderation is key:

Fats are essential for human existence, our bodies require it as insulation, to protect our organs, our nervous system and in the production of hormones. Our cellular is made up of a phospholipid bilayer and is selective in what it allows to enter the cells maintaining  continuous protection around each cell.

As in everything moderation is key, we should not consume anything in excess as that is never good for us.

Saturated fats increase inflammation, makes vessels less pliable thereby promoting, high blood pressure, heart disease and insulin resistance. They increase bad cholesterol and triglycerides and conversely decreases the good cholesterol. But over 50% of the saturated fats in coconuts are MCT’s which are directly metabolized by the liver, (see above).

Unsaturated omega-3 fats are the most heart friendly. They aid to reduce blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides and increase the good cholesterol. They also contribute to fulfill our requirements of essential fatty acids.

Medium chain triglycerides are the best sources of fat. They are not stored in fatty deposits, are used efficiently by the liver. They decrease the synthesis of cholesterol by the liver. As such they are perfect for their use in infant formulas, malabsorption syndromes such as in cystic fibrosis, IBS and ulcerative colitis. Coconut and palm oils are the the only vegetable oils known to date that contain saturated fats.

Conclusion

I began my life on coconut oil, my fore-parents had for generations consumed mainly coconut oil both internally and externally.

They came to their graves according to Job 5:26 … full vigor, like sheaves gathered in their season.

People in the tropics have relied on coconuts as a traditional staple in their diet for centuries. They consume large amounts of coconut oil every day. Instead of getting fatter, it helps them stay healthy, lean and trim.

When they begin to consume other cooking oils, they developed obesity and varying health problems.

In the tropics animals as well are fed on coconuts and coconut products, they as well are lean and healthy.

The oil contains health-promoting nutrients such as phytonutrients, such as carotenoids; antioxidants, vitamins, phenolic acids, flavonoids and MCTs. These are easily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and are readily bio-available.

Because it boosts your metabolism, it helps your body burn fat more effectively.

The consumption of fat is indispensable for our lives. It provides the building blocks for growth, metabolism, energy. Essential in the production of hormones, without which we cannot function, (as a menopausal female).

It reduces abdominal fat and aids in general metabolism of fats, so helps with weight loss, keeps skin and hair healthy and so much more.

We should always practice common sense in the use and consumption of anything, too much of anyone thing has never proven to be to our benefit, so again, moderation is  key.

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44 thoughts on “9 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil

  1. Must be a real interesting place where you were born. It is one of those countries in South America one hears very little of but I’ve seen documentaries of your nature and your geography and it is enchanting. I had the privilege of working with soldiers from your country and Surinam and they were wonderful people. Wishing you all the best, and thanking you for your continued support, have a lovely weekend!
    Francisco

    1. How cool, yes Surniam is an immediate nature. And yes not very popular. Have a wonderful day.

      1. You too my friend, stay well, stay safe, stay home! All the best,
        Francesc

  2. Beautifully written piece. Informative and at the same time paying homeage to the wisdom of usage of the past. Thank you Pene. Great post.❤

    1. Good morning Ms Suzette. Thank you, that is a great honor from you. Blessings.

  3. Great info, thank you! 😊✨😊

    1. Thank you for reading. Have a great day.

  4. Great post! I have thyroid issues and I never thought of coconut oil as a help with that. Thank you! I hope you are having a very good day!

    1. I am at home today, trying to cook, lol.
      Have a blessed day.

  5. Thanks for sharing…
    It’s good for us to know!
    💕🕯✨

    1. Most welcome, hope your day is going well.

      1. Yup. Shabbat soon.

  6. Very good information, first one for me.

    1. Ok. Hope you try some.

  7. Great information! Thanks for sharing. I always use Jojoba oil on my skin. I need to try this one too.

    1. I have jojoba oil on my hair, but not on my skin.
      My grandma never used anything but coconut oil and she had an even complexion with no blemishes. Now my mom uses coconut oil as well. My hubby is American, Brooklyn born and bred, but whenever we go to Guyana, he imports several bottles of coconut oil to last us for several months on end. He is the chef as well so I leave cooking matters to him. The children who were born in the US do not like my back home cooking, so they like his efforts and not mine, lol

      1. I’m definitely going to have to try the coconut oil. Sounds very beneficial. Your husband sounds like my sisters husband, he does most of the cooking too lol.

    2. I also use coconut oil for ‘oil pulling’ ( swishing around in the mouth, if you have never tried it.

      1. Oh interesting! I’ve never tried that. What are the benefits of doing that?

        1. Healthy mouth, removing toxins from the body, you have to do it first thing in the AM before you do anything, do not swallow the oil.

          1. Ok thanks!

          2. Our bodies most certainly get a well deserved break as we sleep, but the rest is up to us.. 🙏💙🙏

            1. Good eating, exercise and keeping our minds at some peace.

              1. Our gut is an on board emotional generator, if you look after your gut your gut takes care you.. 🙏💙🙏

                1. You are very true, that is the main processor for vits and minerals…and we do feel everything in our guts.

                  1. If only we noticed back in the day that the unatural things we did to the body was possible creating our deficiency..

                    When our gut is depressed because of vascular depression it’s going to take a little more knowledge to work out what our gut needs to be in optimum health..

                    Creating vitimin supplement etc, when really our whole body could have been bogged down.. 🙏💙🙏

                    1. You are a wealth of knowledge, I am looking forward to reading some more on your site.

                    2. 😉 take care and thanks 🙏👌🙏

  8. Great info! I’ll have to start using coconut oil more often!

    1. Let me know what you think of it.

  9. Coconut oil is staple to my household too. My native is the south of India and has a very similar tropical geography of Guyana. I can personally vouch for every point you made! Its true!

    1. Good to know. Coconut oil is wonderful and very healthy and the big companies tried to tarnish its image so they could sell the other types.

      1. Well, every oil has its pros and cons.

        1. For sure, moderation is always the key. Have a wonderful day.

  10. Thanks for sharing this Sis. ❤ I love it in food too. The coconut milk or juice is used for making coconut rice over here and its taste is divine. I use it a lot for my hair too. Almost all of us does and my sister’s family uses it for their skin too.

    1. Oh, we also make a coconut rice and the taste is great as well. lol
      I do not use it on my hair, it makes it feel ‘crispy’, but skin and cooking. I also use it on my daughters hair.

  11. 🙏👍🙏

  12. Mmmmm… I’ve always loved coconut oil banana chips. Here, we often make a dessert from the copra- it’s called copra pak, and it is delicious!
    Lovely blog post 😀

    1. Oh sounds. You should post that recipe…
      We make sugar cake and a few other ones.
      But sugar is grated coconut, sugar, milk and spices stewed down. Drawback lots if sugar.
      Thank you for commenting.

      1. Sounds delicious!

  13. I am enjoying your blog immensely! I am so glad to meet you.

    1. Same here. Good day. I plan to do much more reading of your words.

  14. Very informative! I have only attached coconut oil with hair and skin. Didn’t know it had these other properties.

    1. Good morning, Happy to pass some info along.

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