Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil for thousands of years,
and is still a staple in the diets of many people living in tropical
areas today. It was once popular here in the United States as
well, until shortages of imported oils during WWII created the need
to promote local oils like soybean and corn oil. Soon,
polyunsaturated fasts became the norm in this country; and with it
came a rise in obesity, higher cholesterol levels, and degenerative
diseases related to aging.
Coconut oil has been shown to support healthy digestion, support overall immune functions, and
helps with bacterial, viral and fungal infections. People who
consistently use coconut oil, report changes in their ability to go
without eating for several hours without experiencing the effects of
low sugar levels.
A study conducted in Yucatan where coconut oil is a staple, showed
that metabolic rates of people living there were 25% higher than in
comparable test subjects living in the United States.
Increased metabolic rate is a key to healthy weight management and
could account for the leanness of people living in areas where
coconut oil is consumed on a daily basis. The study further
observed that local women displayed none of the symptoms commonly
associated with menopause.
Good Fat vs. Bad Fat
Research done in the 1950's concluded that all fat was bad.
And still today many people equate fat with weight gain, clogged
arteries, high blood pressure, etc. However, certain fats
actually help to prevent those conditions and are essential to good
Early researchers failed to distinguish between saturated,
monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. They assumed at the
time, that all fats, including coconut oil, were unhealthy because
they raised serum cholesterol levels. But, in revisiting those
studies, researchers found that hydrogenated (refined) coconut oil
had been used. All hydrogenated oils produce higher serum
cholesterol levels, and contribute to greater oxidation and free
radicals in the body. In fact, further research has shown that
excess amounts of trans-fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable
oils) increase the risk of degenerative diseases and other
Studies have shown that the amount of unsaturated oil in the diet
strongly affects the rate at which wrinkled skin develops.
Taken internally and used topically, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is
effective at slowing down that process.
Extra virgin coconut oil has tremendous antiviral properties.
Lauric acid makes up 50 to 55 percent of the medium chain fatty
acids in Extra virgin coconut oil. In the body, lauric acid
converts into monolaurin, a compound which is adept at fighting
viral pathogens, and is also present in large quantities in breast
milk, where it protects infants from viral, bacterial and parasitic
Coconut dietary fiber is also extremely useful as an aid in healthy
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