What is all the fuss about coconut?

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Dr. Holly

Dr. Holly

 

Coconut oil has been widely used throughout history…for a variety of things…BUT today we have the science behind it. The reason coconut has made such a big impact these past few years is because it has a unique combination of fatty acids including a medium chained fatty acids called MCTs.
These medium chained fatty acids are metabolized differently. They go straight from the digestive tract to the liver where they are turned into ketone bodies. These ketone bodies can have a variety of effects on the brain. These ketones can be a benefit to people who suffer from:
• Epilepsy: seizures are reduced even in people who don’t respond to medications (perhaps it contributes to the synthesis or activation of GABA)
• Alzheimer: the brain is about 60-70% fats; used for structure; insulation; transportation and energy (can be used as an alternative energy source for malfunctioning cells)
One of the things I love about coconut oil is that it can “increase energy expenditure” compared to the same amount of calories from the longer chain fatty acids. In conjunction with its ability to increase energy expenditure – studies have also shown that coconut oil can lead to significant reduction in both BI and waist circumference.
One of the important fatty acids in coconut oil is the Lauric acid AND when is digested by enzymes it forms monolaurin. Why is that important? Well, both Lauric acid AND monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi, i.e., Staphylococcus aurens and Candida albicans
Unlike prior theories, saturated fats are now recognized for their ability to raise HDLs, the good cholesterol (although you should know that there are a variety of both HDLs and LDLs). Further, studies show that coconut oil reduces triglycerides and LDLs; improves blood coagulation and anti-oxidants.

Coconut oil also supports the health of:
• Hair (protect against hair damage – it has a high affinity with the proteins found in hair) wellnessmama.com provides the following recipe
• 1/4 C coconut milk 1/3 C Liquid Castille soap 1/2 tsp (several capsules) Vitamin E oil 20 drops of essential oil (peppermint, lavender, orange, etc) 1/2 tsp olive oil (optional)
• Combine all ingredients in shampoo bottle shake well to mix keep in shower for one month shake before each use
• Deodorant: wakeupworld.com provides the following home made recipe: 1/4 C melted extra virgin coconut oil (about 4 tbsp); 1/4 C baking soda; 1/4 C corn starch; 10 drops of an essential oil
• Mix dry ingredients. Add in melted oil and essential oil Pour fragrant paste into glass jar before it solidifies Cool naturally then place into fridge for extra solidification
• Skin (improve the moisture and lipid content in the skin; and act as an effective sunscreen) there are several recipes on www.livingthenourishedlife.com like the following
• 1/2 C coconut oil 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp Aloe vera gel 20 drops essential oil of choice 20 drops lemon essential oil
• Place all ingredients into mixing bowl (don’t melt coconut oil first) mix with mixmaster on high speed until light & airy spoon into glass jar

There are a wide variety of other uses for coconut oil:
1) 50 ways to Use Coconut oil to Better Your Life – http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/using-coconut-oil
2) 80 uses for coconut oil – http://www.eternaldelight.co.nz/2012/01/80-uses-for-coconut-oil/
3) 101 uses for coconut oil – http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/
For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca

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