Today I realized that I have never posted anything about Coconut! Since this is just about my favorite medicinal food I decided to post some snippets from my upcoming book.
The Tree of Life
Coconut has been used for centuries by the Pacific and South Asian people as a Food, Drink, Fuel, and most importantly, as a cure for everything! Due to its many and varied uses it has come to be known as The Tree of Life.
The coconut is currently being studied as an assistant, preventative and useful tool in modern diseases as well as being investigated in the historical treatment of disease.
The list of complaints that coconut is thought to be effective on reads like a medical text including:
- Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
- Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
- Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
Coconut and Alzheimer’s Disease
According to Dr Mary Newport’s article “What if There Were a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and No One Knew?” written July 22, 2008 coconut oil was instrumental in restoring a large part of her husbands memory.
According to Dr Newport in Alzheimer’s disease insulin resistant neurons in the brain can no longer use glucose and starve to death long before the onset of the disease. Coconut oil provides these neurons with an alternative source of nourishment in the form of Ketones.
The current research is causing questions regarding high cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is needed by the body for repair and maintenance and research has led to the thought that perhaps high cholesterol levels are the body’s way of trying to feed and repair the brain.
Heart Disease and Coconut
Contrary to the popular belief fostered by inconsistent research results, non-hydrogenated coconut oil actually lowers serum cholesterol levels.
Studies were done in 1980 comparing the effects of coconut oil vs the effects of sunflower oil in rats. It was discovered that rats fed coconut oil had significantly lower levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and significantly higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol). In addition studies have shown that animals fed natural coconut oil have less cholesterol deposited in their livers and other parts of their bodies.
In studies of populations of Pacific Islanders that consume large amounts of natural coconut oil it has been found that there is little incidence of coronary disease.
Coconut oil – The other fat
Coconut oil is amazing! Not only does it help slow and sometimes reverse Alzheimer’s it also helps people lose weight! That’s right you read that correctly. It assists in weight loss. Because of the fact that the oil is directly converted to free ranging ketones in the body, the fat storing mechanism is not triggered. Many of the sports medicine sites on the internet promote the use of coconut oil to help burn fat and create lean muscle.
Remedy How To
Lots of important information is out there about the benefits of coconut. The real question is “How do I use it for me”?
There are a number of different ways to use coconut oil. Many people will either put it in their tea or coffee or just eat a spoonful. Since it tastes great this is not a bad way to do it. For me however I would rather combine it with other things.
Coconut oil popcorn – Simply melt some coconut oil and pour it over freshly popped popcorn. This is a yummy and healthy way to take coconut oil.
Smoothies – I add coconut oil to smoothies. Just be aware that coconut oil is solid at room temperature and can leave chunks in the smoothie unless it is well blended.
Salad Dressing – Dr Mary Newport has created liquid MCT oil that contains coconut oil. This is a great addition to a homemade salad dressing.
Last but not least coconut oil is great for frying. It can be heated to a high heat and never burn. It also adds flavour to stir fry’s.
Coconut Milk – is my favorite base for curries. It is rich and creamy and yet the fat content actually helps shed pounds.
The best way to see if coconut works for you is to try it out. Add coconut oil and/or milk to your cooking. Try some fresh young coconut water (not canned or bottled). Best of all try eating fresh young coconut meat. This is very much like eating a delicious pudding.
Enjoy your coconut and heal yourself at the same time. I call that win win!