Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Coconut Oil

I am big fan of the coconut. Everything about the coconut is amazing.
Coconut oil is said to be the healthiest of all the oils.

- It’s healthy to cook with: Coconut oil will not turn rancid and oxidize when introduced to heat (unlike other oils – including olive). This means it is suitable for cooking at high temperatures, and has a shelf life of approximately two years or more.

- It won’t mess with cholesterol: Coconut oil is one of the only few dietary sources of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and it is said to be the best source. MCFA are special because they do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and they are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis.

- It will aid in weight loss: Effective weight loss can be achieved when you replace long-chain fatty acids with medium-chain fatty acids. These guys are easily digested and converted into energy, speeding up metabolism.

- It treats candida and other fungal and bacterial infections: The lauric acid in coconut oil is highly toxic to viruses, funguses and bacteria, which makes it effective for treating candida albicans, fungal infections and athlete’s foot. It also targets bacterial infections and viruses like measles, influenza, hepatitis C and even HIV. Breast milk is the only other source of lauric acid.

- It prevents wrinkles: The medium-chain triglycerides, naturally occurring fats in coconut oil, deeply penetrate, moisturise and act as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage.

- It replaces sunscreen: Coconut oil is the only thing I apply to my skin if I feel I need sun protection. Ever since I adopted a super nourishing diet I have found that my skin doesn’t really burn. However if I am going to be out in the sun for longer than I want, I will apply coconut oil to further prevent burning. Coconut oil screens 20 % of ultraviolet exposure.

When you buy it, look for coconut oil that is organic, unrefined, undeodorised, and cold pressed. It’s also good to use one that is in a glass jar rather than plastic. 

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