Coconut oil has got attention in recent years for it various health benefits. Most of the benefits of Coconut oils are due to presence of Lauric acid and other fatty acids. These fatty acids are extremely beneficial for us.
Coconut oil and ghee are a source of short-chain fatty acids which are easier to digest than long-chain acids. Short-chain fatty acids actually help to strengthen and develop cell membranes while long-chain acids increase risks of blood clots and cancer. It also strengthens your immune system, helps you lose weight if you need to, and improves digestion. Some of the benefits of consuming coconut oil are following –
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Alzheimer is a neurodegerative disease which gradually affects the brain. It causes loss of memory, difficulty in thinking and changes the behaviour of the person who is suffering. As per Alzheimer’s Association when the brain cells are damaged and lost this disease is caused. The exact mechanism and reason for this condition is still unknown but there are many theories. One of the theories that Alzheimer is a type of brain diabetes where in brain is not able to metabolize the extra sugar. Another theory says that it could be caused due to plaque which is formed between the nerve cells. There is not proven cure at present for Alzheimer.
The good news is that in recent years there have been encouraging research such as this which show that coconut oil consumption can help in preventing the cell damage and death. Due to this patients may observer slowing down of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information please visit http://www.faim.org/conquering-alzheimers-with-coconut-ketones
There are many cases of people who have benefited in Alzheimer by drinking virgin coconut directly. Here is one such case which is very well known –
for some people, coconut oil has proven to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and may have even prevented it. One of those people is Steve Newport, whose Alzheimer’s has slowed considerably. Some of his symptoms even reversed, thanks to the unlikely treatment prescribed by his wife, Dr. Mary Newport, a physician who runs a neonatology ward at a Tampa, Fla., hospital.
Dr. Newport became determined to help her husband after the severity of his disease was discovered through an Alzheimer’s test in which the person being tested is asked to draw a picture of a clock.
“He drew circles and several numbers just in a very random pattern, didn’t really look anything like a clock,” she said. “And the doctor pulled me over to the side and said, ‘You know, he’s actually on the verge of severe Alzheimer’s at this point, he’s beyond moderate,” Dr. Newport recalled. “So that was very, very devastating news,” she said.
Dr. Newport began learning everything she could about her husband’s disease. “It appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it’s a process that starts happening at least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it’s very similar to type 1 or type 2 diabetes in that you develop a problem with insulin,” she explained. Alternative Brain Fuel In this case, insulin problems prevent brain cells from accepting glucose, their primary fuel. Without it, they eventually die. But there is an alternative fuel — ketones, which cells easily accept.
Ketones are metabolized in the liver after you eat medium chain triglycerides, found in coconut oil. Dr. Newport added coconut oil to her husband Steve’s diet. Just two weeks later, he took the clock test again and demonstrated stunning improvement. “I thought at the time, was it just good luck? Was it a lot of prayer? Was it the coconut oil?” she said. “And I thought, well, we’re going to keep the coconut oil going.”
Three weeks later, Steve took the clock test a third time and continued to perform better on it. And it wasn’t just intellectually, he also improved emotionally and physically. “He was not able to run. He was able to run again,” she recalled. “He could not read for about a year and a half, but after two or three months he was able to read.” “Instead of being very sluggish, not talking very much in the morning, he would come out in the morning with energy, talkative, and joking, and he could find his water and his utensils,” Dr. Newport said. She documented Steve’s success in a book titled, Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure?
Source – http://www1.cbn.com/video/coconut-oil-touted-as-alzheimers-remedy
One of the reason coconut helps in Alzheimer is because of the ketones which are released by consuming coconut oil. It is a well known fact that coconut oil can act as exogenous ketones and if you are interested in going into ketosis than coconut oil consumption can help you.
Helps in Skin Diseases
Applying and consuming coconut oil has been seen to be beneficial in following skin conditions – Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and fungal infections. A study found that the Lauric acid which is present in large quantities can be effective bactericidal hence it can kill the bacteria P. acne which causes acne.
Promotes Weight Loss
Coconut oil reduces appetite hence you eat lesser. It also increases the metabolism due to which you end up burning energy at a faster rate. Hence many people use it for controlling obesity.
Which Type of Coconut Oil is Best
If you are looking for healthy cooking oil you should look for oil with more saturated fat and which are from healthy source. The reason is saturated fat are more stable in higher temperature and do not disintegrate. The disintegrated molecules can cause damage and they release free radicals.
Most vegetable oils are not stable in high temperatures. Coconut oil is suitable for cooking in higher temperatures. Hence it is suitable for cooking medium.
The type of coconut oil you need to use is Virgin coconut oil which is unprocessed, un-deorderized and unhydrogenated since it is not processed. The pack should have a expiry date and if you smell rancid smell coming from the oil, throw it away as it is no good.
You can apply most of the varieties of coconut oil available in the market to apply on hair and skin.
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