Even the very best health benefits of coconut are numerous. These health benefits range from reducing inflammation to supporting many of your body’s processes to reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
One coconut provides two forms of nutrient benefits. One is from the coconut water and the other from the coconut meat. One 400 gram coconut, about medium sized, can provide your body with it’s daily needs of nutrients, minerals and even energy. Coconut oil is over 80% saturated fat consisting of medium-chain fatty acids instead of long-chain fatty acids that are highly consumed.
Long-chained fatty acids must be broken down before being absorbed by your body. Short and medium-chain fatty acids which are abundant in coconut oil are easy for your body to digest and are sent directly to your liver to produce energy. Coconuts are high in the beneficial saturated fatty acid, lauric acid which composes 44-55% of the saturated fat. In the body, lauric acid is converted to monolaurin which helps the immune system to fight diseases and viruses. Coconut oil is also rich in capric acid sharing some of the same antimicrobial benefits that help protect you from infections.
Health officials are often concerned about the high content of saturated fat in coconuts. And most health officials have claimed all saturated fats are bad and cause heart disease. Evaluation of these claims have found them to be acutely flawed. Unprocessed saturated fats should be an important part of a healthy diet and should be regularly consumed, not actively avoided.
Vitamin and mineral makeup of coconuts. One medium coconut contains 22% vitamin C, 6% calcium, 54% iron. 100 grams of coconut meat contain 356 mg of potassium – folates, riboflavin, thiamin, copper and magnesium.
“Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth.”
Bruce Fife, N.D.
Best Health Benefits of Coconut
- helps prevent risk factors of heart disease
- prevents high risk factors of blood pressure
- supports liver health
- supports kidney health
- helps with UTI’s
- boosts immune system
- supports brain health
- supports good memory
- supports healthy digestion
- supports healthy bones
- supports healthy insulin levels
- supports healthy metabolism
- helps build muscles
- anti-viral properties
- lowers oxidative stress
- supports thyroid health
- moisturizes skin
- reduces inflammation
- may help with arthritis
- anti-bacterial | anti-fungal
- reduces symptoms of gallbladder disease
- supports healthy skin | decrease wrinkles
- kills Candida overgrowth
- improves energy
- reduces stomach ulcers
- positive effects on estrogen levels
Bergamot-Lime Deodorant Recipe
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil or shea butter
1/2 cup baking soda or arrowroot powder
40-60 drops pure essential oils [Scent recommendation: Citrus bergamia (bergamot) essential oil & Citrus aurantifolia (lime) essential oil
dark glass jar
Put coconut oil or shea butter in bowl. Mix in baking soda or arrowroot powder. Add in essential oils. Store in a covered dark glass jar.
CAUTION: Exposure to sunlight should be avoided after applied or rubbed onto skin exposed to sunlight.
Isn’t it amazing that this simple tropical fruit can provide your body with so many health benefits? Now that you know the best health benefits of coconut, it may be a good time to begin to include coconut as a staple in your home and in your diet.
Resources and Research
Ray Peat, PhD Quotes on Coconut Oil.
Ray Peat. Coconut Oil Article.
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