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The Miracle of the Coconut | May 12, 2015

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”

And there are plenty of reasons to love it: Health, healing, immunity. Liver, kidney and bone health. Energy, weight loss, hair and skin care…and that’s just scratching the surface.

Let’s start with your health:

Heart Health
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for your heart. That’s because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats.

In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for your heart.

It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils.

Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Immunity
Coconut oil is also good for your immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

It also helps in fighting harmful bacteria and helps deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV.

Healthy cooking
There’s only one oil that is stable enough to withstand the heat of cooking, and that’s coconut oil.

You can actually use less coconut oil than the amount of fat suggested in recipes. This is equally true when using coconut oil for baking, frying or even roasting with coconut oil. Less is definitely more.

So, do yourself a favor. Ditch all those “healthy oil wannabes.” and replace them with a large jar of fresh, organic, heart-supporting, delicious coconut oil. It’s a win-win.

Diabetes
Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Weight loss
How can you argue with a healthy way to lose weight? That’s because coconut oil contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help you take off excessive weight.

It’s also easy to digest and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.

Coconut oil increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight.

Healing and infections
Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks.

It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea.

Finally, coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.

Externally, when applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses.

And it’s also effective on bruises, because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

Liver
The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases, because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidneys
Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Bones
The ability of our body to absorb important minerals is improved.

These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for the development of bones.

So, coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental Care
Calcium is an important component of our teeth.

Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also helps stops tooth decay.

Skin Care
Coconut oil acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. It’s a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin.

It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally accompany aging. (Why didn’t I know sooner?)

Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

Hair Care
Coconut oil helps in healthy hair growth and gives your hair a shiny quality.

It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair.

By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry.

Because of this, coconut oil is used as a hair care oil and in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams.

Finally, coconut oil is often used by athletes, body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this is that coconut oil contains less calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy, and it doesn’t lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.

And coconut oil helps boost energy and endurance, generally enhancing the performance of athletes.

What’s not to love about something that benefits hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism?

Plus relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength!

What makes coconut oil such a good guy?

The benefits of coconut oil, can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Try these everyday uses for coconut oil:

As a cooking replacement for butter (and other oils) and for homemade recipes.
On your skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)
As an eye-makeup remover
To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
Prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
As a natural SPF 4 sunscreen
A wonderful feeling and smelling massage oil
Use as a gel to help get rid of frizzy hair
Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing shower scrub and defoliant
In a filling and energy boosting smoothie.
Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
To help reduce the appearance of varicose veins
When used consistently on skin, it can help get rid of cellulite
To season cast iron skillets
Reduce the itch of mosquito bites
By itself as a great tanning oil
Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
As a completely natural baby lotion
On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
As an anti-aging facial moisturizer
Try it on cuticles to help nails grow
Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
Use with other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin
Naturally clears up cold sores

NOTE: Before you buy coconut oil, you should keep in mind that for edible and therapeutic uses, refined coconut oil is the best because it’s hygienic and clean. Unrefined coconut oil is good for external applications like hair care and skin care.

For some natural coconut oil recipes click on:

http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2014/03/best-coconut-oil-recipes.html
http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2013/04/eat-more-coconut-oil115-delicious-real-food-coconut-oil-recipes/
https://www.lucybee.co/coconut-oil-recipes/

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Resources:
http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html
http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/282857.php


26 Comments »

  1. Hi,

    I cant open the link to read the Miracle of the coconut article.

    Thanks,
    Luz

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    Comment by luz.duenas@lppusa.com — May 12, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

  2. Hi, I’m sorry. Now you can open the link…

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — May 12, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

  3. This is very promising research/information. However, it should be taken with a grain of salt. In my opinion, there is no one “miracle.” I believe everything needs to be done in moderation. Overall, I try to keep a healthy diet and exercise regimen rather than depending on one single “miracle” cure.

    Thanks for providing this information–with more research, more definitive conclusions can be determined to add to the toolbox in finding a cure for epilepsy.

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    Comment by Soo Ihm — May 12, 2015 @ 1:07 PM

    • To be fair, Phyllis NEVER said using coconut oil is an add on to a toolbox in finding a cure for Epilepsy. The article is simply called “The Miracle of the Coconut”….and it explains all the health benefits and variety of uses for coconut oil, not once does it say it’s a cure for epilepsy. It’s just a good food choice or something you might want to use on your skin, hair, nails….the list is end list. However, eating healthy, maintaining a healthy weight and overall healthy appearance can be beneficial to everyone not just those of us who suffer with epilepsy.

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      Comment by Janet — May 13, 2015 @ 9:42 PM

  4. I’m sorry Soo, I realize there is no ONE miracle. Far from it. I was just trying to point out the benefits of coconut oil.

    However, you might find the attached article interesting:

    Treating Seizures — 7 Amazing New Breakthroughs

    https://epilepsytalk.com/2015/02/21/predicting-seizures-7-amazing-new-breakthroughs/

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — May 12, 2015 @ 2:40 PM

    • Hi Phylis,

      Thanks for the clarification. I appreciate anything that may help people with epilepsy but at the same time don’t want to create false hope.

      Thanks for all the good work you’re doing, providing information about epilepsy treatments and social issues.

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      Comment by Soo — May 13, 2015 @ 11:35 PM

  5. I use coconut oil and I thank you very much for all the different information you have provided on the ways I can use it! Wow!! I had no idea how useful it really is. I’m going to give some of these things a try….who wants wrinkles anyway? LOL

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    Comment by Janet — May 13, 2015 @ 9:44 PM

  6. LOL! I know we’ve been using coconut oil for cooking for ages. And all the other uses are pretty staggering.

    But, according to research, they work!

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — May 14, 2015 @ 9:07 AM

  7. Reblogged this on Los Angeles Epilepsy Society.

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    Comment by Los Angeles Epilepsy Society — May 17, 2015 @ 12:49 AM

  8. Dr Permutter, in his new book Brain Maker, brings out the importance of the gut-brain connection in just about all neurological problems. He is a firm believer in coconut oil because, in addition to what was mentioned above, it can help balance out your gut microbiome.

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    Comment by paleobird — June 7, 2015 @ 4:43 PM

  9. been using coconut oil for 5 yrs now & LOVE IT , cooking , beauty , even now with pets .. just started on the probiotics myself ,best thing , i have done was dump the old way of eating , that was 15 yrs ago , eat organic foods , ditch the wheat , corn , start with WFGF CF diets , ditch sodas , that breaks down your bones , & also your meds

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    Comment by Cathy Flowers — August 18, 2015 @ 11:42 PM

  10. Good for you Cathy! I wish I could be as disciplined. Although I do love the coconut oil (hence the article), religiously take probiotics and have a terrific scandal story about aspartame (if you haven’t already read it).

    The Scandal of Aspartame

    https://epilepsytalk.com/2009/11/26/the-scandal-of-aspartame/

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 19, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

  11. I have Chronic Urticaria and the unrefined coconut oil is great for helping take the itch out. That way I don’t have to take tons of Antihistamines.

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    Comment by Bonnie — January 31, 2016 @ 1:20 PM

  12. It really is a wonder isn’t it.

    Glad you’re getting some relief!

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — January 31, 2016 @ 5:51 PM

  13. I liked the article very much. I have heard a lot about coconut oil. What I missed in th article though was how exactly does it help with the epilepsy?

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    Comment by Hugh Bodurtha — June 20, 2016 @ 5:58 PM

  14. Hi Hugh, Good question.

    I’d say that coconut is an all around elixir. That’s what caught my interest. And that’s why I wrote the article.

    I was intrigued by the many uses and benefits. Kind of amazing, yes?

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 21, 2016 @ 9:22 AM

  15. I bought a bottle of (60 soft gelof Cocanut Oil at Publix on Miller Street
    here in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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    Comment by Holly Ellis — June 22, 2017 @ 8:14 PM

  16. How are you liking it? What are you using it for?

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    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 22, 2017 @ 9:43 PM

  17. While I agree with most points made in this article, I don’t agree with your suggestion of using refined coconut oil. Unrefined for every thing is the way to go. Any food in its most raw natural state maintains the most beneficial properties. Also, I like others commenting here clicked on this article in hopes of finding answers on the topic of seizures. My 4 year old grandson has Leigh’s disease which is a very rare genetic mitochondrial disease which causes continuous seizures (both clinical and sub clinical). Desperately searching for answers as the list of drugs has been exhausted and we’re running out of time. I believe the key to all good health lies in nutrition. Someone should get a clue and start incorporating more nutrition courses into medical school curriculum. If there is anyone that can help please email me at jmcacchione@gmail.com. Thank you.

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    Comment by Joyce — August 1, 2017 @ 5:38 AM

    • You’re right and I’m sorry I didn’t say so specifically. Unrefined is the way to go, especially with coconut oil.

      There are regular nutritionists with doctorates, but I’m afraid I don’t know of any that deal with epilepsy, per se.

      But for your grandson, have you considered one of the seizure diets?

      Three Anti-Seizure Diets That Could Change Your Life…

      https://epilepsytalk.com/2009/10/04/eating-well-is-the-best-revenge/

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      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 1, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

      • Thank you for the link. We’ve tried the ketogenic diet which didn’t work for him and will look into the others. His feedings are through a g-tube as he is unable to swallow which makes things a little more complicated.
        Thank you again for such an informative article on coconut oil. The entire coconut palm tree is a wondrous gift from nature.

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        Comment by Joyce — August 1, 2017 @ 1:42 PM

      • I hope you do find some success in feeding your Grandson. (I guess coconut milk is out of the question. Or coconut water.)

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        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 1, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

      • Coconut milk (we use single ingredient organic canned over carton for purity) would clog the feeding tube. Coconut water is ok. I’ve suggested coconut oil with a higher MCT as it stays liquid at room temperature which we’ll try when he gets out of the hospital. Phyllis, thank you for your suggestions. I hope to update you with positive news. Keep spreading knowledge for a healthier world.

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        Comment by Joyce — August 3, 2017 @ 6:09 AM

      • Coconut water. How brilliant!

        I hope he gets out of the hospital soon and you can update me with good news.

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        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 3, 2017 @ 9:42 AM


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    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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