Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

This is one of the most misunderstood of all fats, classically labeled a saturate and as such fattening to consume. Nothing, I repeat nothing could be further from the truth.

Over the next few years you will start to see coconut oil being talked about as a healthy fat, remember where you heard it first.

Note it is virgin, organic – not any old coconut oil will do! Be very sure you have this type of oil otherwise the health benefits will not happen! Standard palm oil is not the stuff you are looking for.

Coconuts themselves are highly nutritious and rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional or calorie content.

Coconut oil is of special interest in addition to other functional fats because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other culinary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.

Coconut oil is not actually saturated fat in the true sense of the word, in that it comes under the saturated classification but is not a long chain fatty acid, it is a medium chain triglyceride as such it does not behave like a saturated fat in the body.

Medium chain triglycerides actually absorb directly to the liver so they burn very like carbohydrate, this means they provide instant energy and are suitable for endurance based events, containing more calories per weight than carbohydrate and with many additional health benefits.

All I will say on the matter is coconut oil is absolutely essential for excelling in any sport and should be consumed as part of a regular diet whether you exercise or not.

With all food products which have health benefits, it easy to think ‘why believe all the hype’? And I still don’t believe it’s good for you! Well here’s a list of things coconut oil definitely does not do;

  • Coconut oil contains no cholesterol so it does not increase blood serum cholesterol level.
  • It does not promote platelet stickiness, which leads to blood clot formation.
  • It does not contribute to atherosclerosis or heart disease.
  • It does not promote cancer or any other degenerative disease.
  • It does not contribute to weight problems.
  • Does not create cell damaging free radicals like other vegetable oils and is stable at cooking temperatures

So we can see that it is not associated with the same stigma as other saturated fats! What about the good things it can do?

Before you read this list remember these are facts supported by research you can follow the link for peer reviewed research at the end of this article.

Finally I’d like you to take the coconut challenge, replace all butter and oil use with coconut oil for 2 weeks and see and feel the difference.

POSITIVE HEALTH BENEFITS FROM USIGN VIRGIN COCONUT OIL

  • It reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and related illnesses.
  • It reduces the risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions.
  • It helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, including Candida.
  • It improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • It relieves stress on the pancreas and enzymatic systems of the body.
  • It assists in the absorption of minerals and fat-soluble vitamins.
  • It is easily absorbed and utilized by people who have trouble digesting fats or who have gallbladder disease.
  • It improves calcium and magnesium absorption for the development of strong bones and teeth
  • It helps protect us from disease-causing bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, and parasites
  • It supports immune system function.
  • It helps prevent osteoporosis.
  • It helps control diabetes.
  • It supports good thyroid function (an essential part of any good weight loss program).
  • It supports a healthy metabolism.
  • It provides an immediate source of energy.
  • It supplies less calories than other fats.
  • It supplies important nutrients that are necessary for good health.
  • It improves digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Is resists spoilage and rancidity, even without refrigeration.
  • It resists breakdown from heat, making it the absolute best oil on Earth for cooking.
  • It helps your skin to stay soft and smooth.
  • It helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.
  • It is an important factor in preventing skin cancer and blemishes.
  • It assists the body in destroying dozens of harmful viruses including hepatitis C, herpes, and HIV.
  • If you're not using "Live Coconut Oil" for your daily cooking and body care needs you're missing out on one of God's greatest gifts to mankind.

Thanks to livecoconutoil.com for some of the Information in this article.

I choose to get my virgin organic coconut oil from here.
 


Author

Matt Lovell – Elite Sports Nutritionist

Matt Lovell - Elite Sports Nutritionist

Matt Lovell is the sports nutritionist for the England Rugby team and works with  UK Athletics team as they prepare for the Olympic Games in London in 2012.

Matt has written a comprehensive guide on Preparing for a Big Event, the popular Fat Loss Program Four Week Fat Loss and Regenerate a Muscle Building Nutrition program.

 


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