Coconut oil supplements, coconut milk and coconut water are jumping off the shelves at super markets by those that realize the beneficial secrets of the coconut. Is this a sign that the low fat craze is definitely over? According to Dr. Weston Price, a dentist who has conducted multiple studies in the Pacific Isles on the fruit, coconut is powerfully a “good fat” and just like fish oil, it is a potent saturated fat that the body needs for survival.
Benefits of coconut:
The body needs certain fatty acids to survive. Since fatty acid production can’t happen in the body alone, the acids must be consumed through food. Caprilic acid, capric acid and lauric acid are contained in the coconut. Lauric acid converts into monolaurin, a anti microbial agent that fights bacteria and viruses. Dr. Jon Kabara, a University of Michigan researcher on lipids states that the only other source of lauric acid is from a mother’s milk. Lauric acid along with capric acid are both effective in fighting microorganisms that lay stagnant in the body. Caprilic acid aids in keeping bacteria in check in the intestines and gut. Monolaurin protects against heart disease due to the ability to inhibit clogging in the arteries. Coconut oil is a saturated fat but different than saturated fat found in animals. The saturated fat chain is shorter than the fat from animals, so therefore the body handles it in a positive way. There is no fat storage in medium chain triglycerides because they metabolize more effectively.
Hair and skin care
The coconut is a natural oil that aids in smoothing out wrinkles, premature aging and also treats skin infections.
Hair care is beneficial with coconut and can help with dryness, dandruff and regrowth. Known for centuries in India, coconut oil has been used for massage into the scalp for healthier hair.
Besides strengthening immunity in the body, coconut balances bacteria in the gut. It also absorbs other vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Dosage and forms available
Coconut oil can be found in supplement form, milk, cream and water along with buying the fruit itself. There are advantages taking a supplement, especially if the taste is not favorable. Capsules travel well and there is no after taste. It is best to start with a small dosage then progress to 2 capsules. Look for capsules that have no additives and lubricants, organic and are easily absorbed. Coconut water, milk and cream are available at most healthy markets.
Know Your Fats; Dr. Mary Enig; 2000
Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill; Udo Erasmus; 1986
WestonPrice: A New Look at Coconut Oil