Pure extra virgin coconut oil
The good news about Coconut Oil
For centuries the Asian communities have known about the benefits of coconut oil. Coconuts are a big part of their diet and lifestyle and have been used as a constant in the diet as well as an all over healer by the medicine men and women within each of the communities.
Coconut oil has short chain and medium chain fatty acids which means that these fats have the ability to be anti-viral, anti-fungus and anti-bacterial. Placed on the skin, coconut oil does wonders for any eczema or infections. Taken internally, it has been known to keep the GUT healthy, inhibits yeast and candida growth and feeds the body with instant energy.
There are three ways that we get saturated fat in our diet – both plant based and animal based fats (no. 1 & 2) are the best and we recommend hydrogentated oil saturated fat (no. 3) should be avoided.
- Plant Based Saturated Fat – coconut oil
- Animal Based Saturated Fat – butter, cream, meat
- Hydrogenated Oil Saturated Fat – margarine, vegetable shortening, vegetable fat, hydrogenated vegetable oil and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, fractionated vegetable oil
Saturated fat has been made a scapegoat for disease, especially heart disease. Scientists have looked down the barrel of a microscope and victimised this totally natural fat that has been in the human diet throughout evolution. Plant and animal based saturated fats that are natural and not made in a chemical laboratory have a lot of good qualities.
Coconut oil has medium and short chain fatty acids that are digested and absorbed differently to long chain fatty acids. Basically they are a quick form of energy as they do not use the enzyme system of the body but are used by the liver for instant fuel and energy and satiety from hunger.
Coconut oil has one downfall in that it does not have essential fatty acids. These are fats that you must consume for health as your body doesn’t make them. So using coconut as well as other sources of fat would be a prudent rule. We recommend Changing Habits Inca Inchi Oil because it is 84% essential fatty acids. They are a perfect combination.
Coconut oil – the miracle
1. Medium chain fats are used for energy, not storage – Coconut oil contains medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), these are wonderful fats for producing instant energy. Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, converting them into energy rather than storing in fat cells.
2. Supports immunity – Coconut oil is made up of lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties to boost the body’s defenses. The body turns lauric acid into monolaurin. Decades of research has demonstrated the germ-killing and disinfectant properties of this natural compound. Monolaurin is a component of breast milk, which provides immune support that is passed from mother to child and vital to the survival of the human race.
3. Eases digestion – If you suffer from poor digestion or stomach bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and bacteria or viral related stomach bugs. The fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which can help improve digestion, assimilation and absorption. It is also good to note that after a course of antibiotics it would be wise to include 1 TBS of coconut oil 20 minutes before every meal along with Changing Habits Natural Probiotics taken with the meal.
4. Manages Type 2 diabetes and sugar cravings – The Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Medium Chain Fatty Acids found in coconut oil are absorbed into the cells through the cell membrane where they’re quickly converted to energy as well as being converted in the liver for instant energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity. With insulin resistance comes sugar cravings so instead of reaching for the lolly jar for a sweet treat, try taking a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. Good quality fats do not move sugar levels in the blood, whereas carbohydrates and sugars can shoot them higher and then plummet them down especially if insulin resistance has already made its mark in the body. Constant hunger and cravings is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly. With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster.
5. Improves blood paramaters LDL, HDL, Cholesterol and Triglycerides – Clinical Biochemistry Journal in 2004 published research on the effects of coconut oil on lowering lipid levels in the blood. Virgin Coconut oil reduced total cholesterol, triglycerides, phospholipids, LDL and VLDL cholesterol levels and increased HDL cholesterol in serum and tissues. The preventive effect of polyphenol fraction PF of virgin coconut oil was also found to be capable of preventing in LDL oxidation.
6. Improves a sluggish metabolism – A 2009 study in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system, keeps weight off and helps with energy levels.
7. Great for skin, nails and hair – Coconut oil is not only beneficial to eat but also for hair and skin too. It hydrates and keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which may prevent sagging and wrinkles. Try smoothing coconut oil mixed with some beautiful essential oils on your skin. It’s also great for taming that fly away hair by dabbing a little oil in your hands then smoothing on your hair. For damaged hair, especially hair that has been sun bleached, it is a wonderful treatment to leave in.
8. Cooks at high temperatures – Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it has a higher smoke point than most refined polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils (canola, grape seed, cotton seed etc). If you’re preparing recipes that require high temperatures, consider coconut oil as one of your best fats.
9. Great for oil pulling – The art of oil pulling is taking up a momentum of its own. Wikipedia defines oil pulling or oil swishing as a traditional Indian fold remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita where it is called Kavala Gandoosha or Kavala Graha. Ayurvedic literature describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or asthma. While scientific evidence is lacking to support any systemic benefits of oil pulling, some studies have suggested that it may reduce oral plaque, bad breath and inflammation of the gums. If you want to try oil pulling, rinse your mouth with approximately one tablespoon of coconut oil for 15–20 minutes on an empty stomach (before eating/drinking) then spit it out. This is not always easy to do in the beginning so start for a couple of minutes and slowly work your way up to 15 minutes. You will need to do this for a couple of months to reap the full benefit.
10. A perfect inclusion for the Ketogenic Diet (controlling epilepsy) – For many decades the Ketogenic Diet has been popular for weight loss but more importantly for helping adults and children control brain seizures (epilepsy). The ketogenic diet is basically removing carbohydrates from the diet and living on proteins and fats. Most of the diet is made up of fats and coconut oil helps fulfill the caloric and nutritional needs of the individual along with essential fatty acids as in inca inchi oil and other nuts and seed oils. Ketones are formed when the body uses fat for its source of energy. Usually the body uses carbohydrates (such as sugar, bread, pasta, grain) for its fuel, but because the ketogenic diet is very low in carbohydrates, fats become the primary fuel. Ketones are not dangerous and the diet has been shown to reduce seizures by 50% with up to 15% of participants doing the diet becoming seizure free.