Health Benefits of Coconuts | Recipes | References

Coconuts are delicious and native to pacific islanders. Coming from the palm tree, natives call it the tree of life. Whether you have it in liquid form from the juices inside or eat the meat, coconuts provide a wide range of health benefits. Coconut oil is also derived from the fruit and also has many health benefits and can be easily more accessible then the raw version. Exploring the healing potential of this unique fruit can dramatically increase the quality and quantity of your life.

 

Natural immunity boosting

They are antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Topical application of coconut oil can even destroy athlete’s foot, a type of unwanted fungi. Influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworms, herpes, gonorrhea, bronchitis, and numerous other ailments caused by microbes can be avoided with regular use of coconuts.

 

Coconuts have high nutrition content

It is a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has tons of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes. For athletes, coconut water is a healthier replacement for sugary sports drinks. Coconut water is known to have the same electrolyte levels as human plasma, and has even been used for plasma transfusions. They are also a great source of healthy fats.

 

They can improve skin and hair health 

Its antioxidant properties slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. Coconut oil is also known to treat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Many shampoo companies claim to put coconut oil into their shampoos for its healing effects, however they also contain many cancer causing chemicals. The healthiest way to wash your hair would be a chemical free, coconut oil filled shampoo with natural ingredients.

 

Improve your bone health 

Coconuts have a unique ability that allows for better absorption of essential minerals for strong bones such as calcium and magnesium. It also prevents osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become thin and fragile and lose their density. Now that research has shown that milk may not be the healthiest option, coconuts or coconut oil maybe be a healthier alternative to cow’s milk.

 

Coconuts have been proven to be a natural Alzheimer’s treatment.

Research has shown that the brain actually creates its own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create its own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function. This is because coconuts contain medium chain fatty acids. These acids are converted into ketones by the liver and ketones provide quick energy for the brain without the need for insulin production.

 

Using coconut oil benefits your hormones 

It’s a great source of saturated fat including lauric acid. Studies have found that coconut oil may be an excellent fat to consume during menopause and also may have positives effects on estrogen levels. It could also raise testosterone through its antioxidant content allowing less stress on your hormonal levels. Hormonal issues are a common cause of acne so regulating your hormones may increase your overall attractiveness.

 


REFERENCES

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3146349/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23892389

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437664/


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