Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids and they can help you prevent aging, protect your skin and lose weight.
Coconuts are an excellent way to get protein and natural fiber. They also have zero starch, and the brain-healthy nutrient choline.
In Jamaica, they also press the flesh of the coconut to make oil for their skin. It doesn’t take too much. You can put it on a flat surface and just roll a round coffee cup over it and get some oil.
Coconut Oil Contains Good Fat
Coconuts have a unique kind of fat you’ll find in less than a half-dozen foods anywhere in the world. They’re called medium chain fatty acids (MCTs).
These fats – capric acid and lauric acid – are very rare. They are only found in human breast milk, cow and goat’s milk, and coconut and palm kernel oils (which is not the same as palm oil).
Coconut Oil's Secret Ingredient
1) Laurid Acid:
50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Lauric acid is a "miracle" ingredient because of its unique health promoting properties.
Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
Monolaurin is a monoglyceride which can actually destroy lipid coated viruses such as:
• HIV, herpes
• Influenza virus
• Various pathogenic bacteria
• Protozoa such as giardia lamblia.
• Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth!
2) Capric acid, another coconut fatty acid present in smaller amounts, has also been added to the list of coconut's antimicrobial components.
The Benefits of Medium-Chain Fatty Acids
Coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits.
Coconut oil is nature's richest source of these healthy MCFAs.
By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.
Do you know why these long-chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFAs found in coconut oil :
• LCFAs are difficult for your body to break down -- they require special enzymes for digestion.
• LCFAs put more strain on your pancreas, liver and your entire digestive system.
• LCFAs are predominantly stored in your body as fat.
• LCFAs can be deposited within your arteries in lipid forms such as cholesterol.
In contrast to LFCAs, the MCFAs found in coconut oil have many health benefits, including the following beneficial qualities:
• MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.
• MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system.
• MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
• MCFAs actually help stimulate your body's metabolism, leading to weight loss.
Coconut Oil Helps Fight Diabetes
Your body sends medium-chain fatty acids directly to your liver to use as energy. This makes coconut oil a powerful source of instant energy to your body, a function usually served in the diet by simple carbohydrates.
But although coconut oil and simple carbohydrates share the ability to deliver quick energy to your body, they differ in one crucial respect.
Coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. You read that correctly, Coconut oil acts on your body like a carbohydrate, without any of the debilitating insulin-related effects associated with long-term high carbohydrate consumption!
Diabetics and those with pre-diabetes conditions, should immediately realize the benefit of a fast acting energy source that doesn't produce an insulin spike in your body. In fact, coconut oil added to the diets of diabetics and pre-diabetics has actually been shown to help stabilize weight gain, which can dramatically decrease your likelihood of getting adult onset type-2 Diabetes.
Coconut Oil on Your Skin
Besides the mounting medical and scientific evidence that coconut oil has powerful positive health benefits when eaten, it has also been used for decades by professional massage therapists to knead away tight stressed muscles.
However, you don't have to be a professional massage therapist to gain the skin and tissue support benefits of coconut oil. Just use coconut oil as you would any lotion.
Coconut oil is actually ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.
In fact, physiologist and biochemist Ray Peat, Ph.D. considers coconut oil an antioxidant, due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free radical formation. Plus, he believes it reduces our need for the antioxidant protection of vitamin E.
Like Dr. Peat, many experts believe coconut oil may help restore more youthful-looking skin. When coconut oil is absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and supple, and aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother.
Coconut Oil and Your Heart
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. and here in Malaysia. And heart disease is often a silent killer. The first sign of cardiovascular disease is commonly a heart attack, and sadly, over one third of heart attacks are fatal.
And despite the propaganda, the truth is this: it is UNSATURATED fats that are primarily involved in heart disease, not the naturally occurring saturated fats, as you have been led to believe.
Plus, the polyunsaturated fats in vegetable and seed oils encourage the formation of blood clots by increasing platelet stickiness. Coconut oil helps to promote normal platelet function.
Coconut Oil in Your Kitchen
You are recommended to use two oils in your food preparation.
The first, extra-virgin olive oil, is a better monounsaturated fat that works great as a salad dressing.
However, it should not be used for cooking. Due to its chemical structure, heat makes it susceptible to oxidative damage.
And polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to use in cooking. These omega-6 oils are highly susceptible to heat damage because of their double bonds.
You are strongly urge you to throw out those omega-6 vegetable oils in your cabinets.
Reason # 1:
Most people believe that frying creates trans-fat. That is not the major problem. Although some are created, they are relatively minor. There are FAR more toxic chemicals produced by frying omega-6 oils than trans-fat.
Frying destroys the antioxidants in oil and as a result oxidizes the oil. This causes cross-linking, cyclization, double-bond shifts, fragmentation and polymerization of oils that cause far more damage than trans-fat.
Reason # 2:
Most of the vegetable oils are GMO. This would include over 90 percent of the soy, corn and canola oils.
Reason # 3:
Vegetable oils contribute to the overabundance of damaged omega-6 fats in your diet, which creates an imbalance in the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. Do you know that excessive consumption of damaged omega-6 fats contributes to many health concerns.
They are all highly processed and consumed in amounts that are about 100 times more than our ancestors did a century ago. This causes them to distort the sensitive omega-6/omega-3 ratio which controls many delicate biochemical pathways which results in accelerating many chronic degenerative diseases.
There is only one oil that is stable enough to resist mild heat-induced damage, while it also helps you promote heart health and even supports weight loss and thyroid function -- coconut oil.
So, whenever you need an oil to cook with, use coconut oil instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type of oil called for in recipes. Even though you are not recommend to fry your foods, if you must fry, by all means use coconut oil -- it's your smartest choice.
Coconut Oil Safety
The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are considered so nutritious that they are used in baby formulas, in hospitals to feed the critically ill, those on tube feeding, and those with digestive problems. Coconut oil has even been used successfully by doctors in treating aluminum poisoning.
Coconut oil is exceptionally helpful for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, those concerned about digestive health, athletes (even weekend warriors), and those of you who just want to enhance your overall health
Cosmetic companies are starting to lust after coconuts like they’re gold because the oil is such an effective moisturizer and skin softener.
But coconuts have a secret skin ingredient that most cosmetics makers don’t know about.
Why Coconut Oil is Important
1) Your skin layer is partly made of fat. Keeping this layer of skin water-tight and healthy not only keeps your skin firm and smooth, but it’s your best defense against pollutants the modern world produces.
This skin barrier is called your “acid mantle.” It’s made up of skin cells and fats called sebum that protect you from environmental dangers like toxins, viruses, bacteria and other attackers.
2) This barrier also works as an antioxidant. It protects skin from water loss, and it maintains the correct hardness of the water-holding protein that makes up your skin called keratin.
The MCTs in coconut oil benefit your skin because they reinforce your protective barrier and increase your proteins that hold on to water.
3) MCTs also help maintain your skin’s ph balance. In order to stay water-tight and healthy, your skin needs to be slightly acidic (which is why the barrier is called an “acid” mantle).
The problem with many so-called “mild” soaps and commercial products is that they damage your skin barrier by stripping away too much of your fatty sebum. What’s worse is that they reverse your skin’s natural ph so it’s no longer mildly acidic.
These products then leave your skin open to infection, unable to keep moisture and more prone to developing rashes and breakouts.
Also, most cosmetics loosen your keratin fibers to create gaps in the protective covering, so they can artificially hydrate your skin.
This looks good for a little while, but when the artificial hydration wears off, it makes your skin even more prone to water loss, damage, infections and pollutants.
The MCTs in coconut oil, by comparison, react naturally with your skin to keep it hydrated and firm. They increase your acid mantle and keep your skin protein intact. One study showed that MCTs significantly increased skin hydration compared to drugs and other mixtures.
4) MCT fatty acids also gently dissolve dead skin cells, leaving behind a fresher, more even complexion. This will prevent wrinkles from forming and will help to soften wrinkles that are already present.
5) Coconut oil can penetrate underneath your protective layer, too, going deep down to heal underlying skin damage. By massaging coconut oil into your skin, you can improve the connective tissue deep below the surface. Coconut oil has been proven in clinical studies to mimic the skin's natural repair mechanisms.
6) Coconut oil protects against overexposure to the sun, too, which is why it’s used in suntan lotion.
Vitamin E is one of your primary skin antioxidants and is temporarily used up when you spend long periods in the sun. Coconut oil protects you by preserving your vitamin E, and allowing you to absorb more of it.
In fact, scientists are looking at using coconut oil as a better vitamin E delivery system than gel capsule supplements. In an animal study, researchers used oil made from coconut MCTs to see how well it could help vitamin E absorb. After only 24 hours, more than 65 percent of the vitamin E was absorbed, and had already made it to the places that need it most like the heart and liver.
7) Coconut oil works well as a delivery system because MCTs like lauric acid are easily absorbed by your skin cells. Commercial skin care products use synthetic versions of these acids, but the man-made versions aren’t even close to being as effective.
8) For general health purposes, eating raw coconut is a great way to get protein, natural fiber and healthy fats.
The Only Flaw
One thing coconuts don’t have is a lot of vitamins.
Many so-called skin care and health experts keep telling you that coconuts are healthy because they are “high” in this or that vitamin, but it’s just not true.
A cup of raw coconut only has .2 mg of vitamin E, 2 mg of vitamin C, no vitamin A, almost zero B vitamins, and .2 micrograms of vitamin K.
What coconuts do have is lots of minerals. A cup of coconut has a good amount of iron, zinc, copper, selenium, potassium ... and especially manganese.
Manganese is what gives you iron-hard bones, nerves that can respond in an instant and hormones that keep you calm and relaxed.
If you don’t want to eat raw coconut, you can use coconut oil. You need at least three tablespoons of coconut oil each day to improve your skin, hair and nails ... and for increased immune function.
The lauric acid transforms into a substance called Monolaurin that can strengthen your immunity and fight infection from bacteria and viruses.
Useful Tips of preventing aging
If you are interested to know more about anti-aging prevention and other strategies that work, please click on this link to find out more.
Recommended Herbal Remedies