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Coconut Oil

Known as a medicine cabinet in a jar, the benefits of Coconut Oil are almost unbelievable. The benefits of ingesting it and using it topically have been part of Ayurvedic medicine for millennia and were documented in Sanskrit 4 000 years ago.

With much research and scientific evidence we know Coconut Oil to be:

  • an Antioxidant
  • an Electrolyte (the coconut water)
  • has an antidote effect (the coconut water)
  • is Cardioprotective
  • Antithrombotic
  • Antiatherosclerotic (progressive thickening and hardening of the walls of arteries from fat deposits on their inner lining).
  • Hypolipidemic (fats (lipids) lowering)
  • Anticholecystitic (anti-inflammation of the gall bladder.)It is a urinary antiseptic and is effective in the treatment of kidney and urethral stones
  • Antibacterial
  • Anticaries (anti-decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone.)
  • Antidermatophytic (Dermatophytes are a common label for a group of three types of fungus that commonly causes skin disease in animals and humans.)
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Antiprotozoal activity (parasites – protozoa – single cell)
  • Antidiabetic effect
  • Hepatoprotective activity – (ability to prevent damage to the liver)
  • Disinfectant activity
  • Insect repellent – (The active ingredient, DDA, is a naturally occurring carboxylic acid that is the main acid in coconut oil)
  • Cardioprotective

Coconut is rich in medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs)

  • caprylic acid
  • capric acid =antibacterial,
  • lauric acid =antimicrobial properties, antibacterial,- antiviral (Candida, myristic acid, palmitic acid)
  • stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid.
    and
  • L-arginine = hypolipidemic fats lowering.
  • polyphenol = maintains normal levels of oil/lipids in tissues (no more dry skin???)
  • monolaurin
  • monocaprin

Electrolyte (the coconut water)
Antidote effect (the coconut water)

Medium Chain saturated Fatty Acids (MCFAs), are directly absorbed from the intestine and sent straight to the liver to be rapidly digested for energy production and thus MCFA’s do not participate in the biosynthesis (when the body has to work hard at making one substance into many different substances) and it does not participate in the transport of cholesterol.

Antiviral

The herpes simplex virus (HSV), cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), in fact, all members of the HSV family are reported to be killed by the fatty acids and monoglycerides (MG) from saturated fatty acids which include approximately 80% of the fatty acids in coconut oil. Monolaurin is not formed in the body unless there is a source of lauric acid in the diet, and coconut is a rich source of monolaurin.

Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of lipid coated viruses such as visna virus, CMV, Epsteinbarr virus, influenza virus, leukaemia virus, pneumono virus, hepatitis C virus. The MCFA in coconut oil primarily destroys these organisms by disrupting their membranes, interfering with the virus growth and maturation.
Monolaurin acts by solubilizing the lipids and phospholipids in the envelope of the virus, causing the disintegration of the virus envelope and together with the antiviral effects the virus is inactivated.

Antibacterial

Some of the bacteria with an appropriate chelator are inactivated or killed by lauric acid and monolaurin as well as capric acid and monocaprin.

Hypolipidemic fats (lipids) lowering.

The hypolipidemic effect of coconut protein is due to the high content of polyphenol. Besides the high polyphenol content, coconut oil is capable of maintaining the normal levels of lipid parameters in tissues and serums, it aides and protects against oxidation (free radicals) reducing intestinal absorption of cholesterol.

Anticaries

Make your own toothpaste with 2 tablespoons bicarb, 1 tablespoon xylitol, 15 drops of peppermint essence and 1 tablespoon coconut flour.
Because of its antimicrobial properties thanks to its high lauric acid content you may find it in some oral treatments for infections such as mouth sores. Not to forget the anti-cavity effect which is due to the glycolipid compound, sucrose monolaurate, which reduces free radicals caused by Streptococcus mutans and so it prevents dental plaque.

Topically: Coconut Oil is Brilliant for face and body creams!

Coconut oil has shown to have antiseptic effects, it is used as an efficient, safe skin moisturizer. Monolaurin makes the coconut oil fantastic for superficial bacterial and fungal skin infection treatment and event for the treatment of eczema. It is also very effective for relieving sunburn, taking away the burning feeling as it moisturises and nourishes the skin, preventing damage to the skin.
Antidermatophytic activity = (fungus that grows on skin, mucous membranes, hair, nails, feathers, and other body surfaces, causing ringworm and related diseases.) The traditional use of coconut oil as a lotion in many parts of the world is well founded.

The Lauric Acid combats harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi, this means it kills Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida Alibicans on the inside and on the outside when used as a cream as well as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema etc.

Coconut oil on your hair will help it grow, prevent/provide relief from dandruff and not only helps reduce protein loss, but provides protein to repair and strengthen hair.

To reiterate the reality for Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s

Medium chain fatty acids go straight from the digestive tract to the liver where they are turned into ketones and provide instant energy. The benefits of this is far reaching for all of us but especially for brain disorders like Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and becoming forgetful as we age. The MCHA’s smaller size allows easier cell permeability providing fast cell food.

The Lauric acid is also good for your heart!
Help against Clogged Arteries:

When cells like triglycerides or cholesterol die and then get caught up by inflamed tissue in the arteries and blood vessels, they slowly build up. White blood cells try to remedy the situation but can add to the blockage and the gradually narrowing arteries. The heart now needs to work harder to pump blood through = this causes blood pressure to rise.
Add a blood clot and you have a heart attack if it occurs in the heart. When it takes place in the head, it is a stroke.

As a unique source of antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, antidermatophytic, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hepatoprotective, immunostimulant it’s no wonder that the coconut palm is eulogised as ‘Kalpavriksha’ (the all giving tree) in Indian classics.

Include in your AIP diet two tablespoons of coconut oil per day (see the breakfast smoothie) and eat lots of spinach! Spinach is a nutrient rich inflammation busting food, as it contains selenium, beta-carotene, manganese, neoxanthin, violazanthin, it is rich in lutein (brain food) and is able to lower blood pressure by inhibiting the angiotensin 1-converting enzyme which calms the body.

This information is made up of interesting snipits from a long technical article in Science Direct, or downloadable the PDF

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