Friday, November 16, 2012

Coconut Oil....a Miracle?

When we hear the word "oil" we may automatically cringe and think it must be unhealthy. Or perhaps you have heard that oils differ and serve multiple purposes, and may be more or less beneficial. If there is one oil I recommend you getting to know, it is coconut oil. 

Coconut oil is a saturated fat and was once was thrown mistakenly in to the same category as other saturated fats. Coconut oil contains a high percentage of saturated fat and since saturated fats carry a bad reputation for being linked to chronic diseases, it is understandable there are some questions about how it could possible that one thing could have so many various benefits. 

The reported benefits below are excerpts from The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife N.D. and a worth while book to read. Fife dives in to the the many functions of the oil, one being that it is made up of medium-chain fatty acids that may provide a shield from harmful germs both internally and externally on our skin. It may contain a large amount of lauric acid, known for its antiviral activity. 

Some benefits of coconut oil may include;
  • Reduce risk of atherosclerosis and related illnesses
  • Reduce risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions
  • Helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal (including yeast) infections
  • Supports immune system function and healthy metabolic function
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis, and control diabetes
  • Provide a quick source of energy and help promote weight loss
  • Improved digestion
Coconut oil is excellent for cooking and Fife offers great suggestions on use's in cooking. It has a long shelf life and has a high smoke point when cooking with it. It can be used on its own for cooking over medium heat, used half and half with real butter or it can be taken on its own or drizzled over veggies or popcorn as a snack! 

If nothing else, you can try it as a face mask or moisturizing cream. It will help keep skin soft when used and may prevent wrinkles from aging! 

See more reviews on Bruce Fife's book and learn about the true "miracle" of coconut oil!

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