Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Over the years people have avoided coconut oil because of its high saturated fat content. However, it is now known that the saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. MCFA are broken down quickly so are used as an immediate energy source like carbohydrates, but without the rise in insulin levels which causes your body to deposit fat. Coconut oil is a good fat burning food.
Coconut oil also has many health benefits (mainly due to its lauric acid content) and has been extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations.
Here are just a few of coconut’s benefits
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, nappy rashExpels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
You can buy it from Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods Market & many online stores including Amazon.