Why Coconuts?

Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil for thousands of years, and is still a staple in the diets of many people living in tropical areas today.  It was once popular here in the United States as well, until shortages of imported oils during WWII created the need to promote local oils like soybean and corn oil.  Soon, polyunsaturated fasts became the norm in this country; and with it came a rise in obesity, higher cholesterol levels, and degenerative diseases related to aging.

Coconut oil has been shown to support healthy digestion, support overall immune functions, and helps with bacterial, viral and fungal infections.  People who consistently use coconut oil, report changes in their ability to go without eating for several hours without experiencing the effects of low sugar levels.

A study conducted in Yucatan where coconut oil is a staple, showed that metabolic rates of people living there were 25% higher than in comparable test subjects living in the United States.  Increased metabolic rate is a key to healthy weight management and could account for the leanness of people living in areas where coconut oil is consumed on a daily basis.  The study further observed that local women displayed none of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause.

Good Fat vs. Bad Fat

Research done in the 1950's concluded that all fat was bad.  And still today many people equate fat with weight gain, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, etc.  However, certain fats actually help to prevent those conditions and are essential to good health. 

Early researchers failed to distinguish between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats.  They assumed at the time, that all fats, including coconut oil, were unhealthy because they raised serum cholesterol levels.  But, in revisiting those studies, researchers found that hydrogenated (refined) coconut oil had been used.  All hydrogenated oils produce higher serum cholesterol levels, and contribute to greater oxidation and free radicals in the body.  In fact, further research has shown that excess amounts of trans-fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils) increase the risk of degenerative diseases and other age-related maladies.

Studies have shown that the amount of unsaturated oil in the diet strongly affects the rate at which wrinkled skin develops.  Taken internally and used topically, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is effective at slowing down that process.

Extra virgin coconut oil has tremendous antiviral properties.  Lauric acid makes up 50 to 55 percent of the medium chain fatty acids in Extra virgin coconut oil.  In the body, lauric acid converts into monolaurin, a compound which is adept at fighting viral pathogens, and is also present in large quantities in breast milk, where it protects infants from viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

Coconut dietary fiber is also extremely useful as an aid in healthy digestion. 


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