The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), the primary type of fat found within coconut oil, have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders as serious as Alzheimer’s — and not after months or even days of treatment, but after a single 40 ml dose!
A groundbreaking 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the primary fat type found in coconut oil, almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders. (more…)
There are many published studies on the relationship between coconut oil, metabolism and weight loss. Research shows that coconut oil contains unique fatty acids that stimulate metabolism, supply the body with tremendous energy, and promote weight loss. Most people are unaware that hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease and this is one of the main reasons why conventional pharmaceutical treatments are ineffective for more than 80 percent of patients with sluggish thyroids.
Why Thyroid Medication Does Not Work
Taking replacement thyroid hormones without addressing the underlying immune imbalance is like trying to change the type of oil in your engine with the hope that your transmission will stop failing…useless.
The ultimate effect of hypothyroidism, whether it’s caused by iodine deficiency or autoimmunity, is to decrease the amount of thyroid hormone available to the body. The conventional approach is to simply replace these hormones with either synthetic or bio-identical forms.
Patient doesn’t have enough hormones? Give more hormones. Simple, right? Not. (more…)
The Low-fat Diet and Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Part of the Problem?
Population studies in tropical cultures that consume coconut oil seldom see diseases like Alzheimer’s.
by Brian Shilhavy
Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease were a Hot News Item in 2012
2012 was the year that the news about coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease started making it into the mainstream media. This is not surprising, as it coincided with news about the failure of drugs in treating Alzheimer’s also making headlines. In January 2012, drug companies Pfizer and Medivation admitted that the new drug they were developing for Alzheimer’s, dimebon, not only did not help patients in trials, but made patients worse. The expensive drug had already reached phase III trials. (See story here on ABC News) So as the development of this drug has now been abandoned, and so many other potential drugs have also failed, many are beginning to look at the role of diet in Alzheimer’s and focusing on prevention. People are also beginning to see positive results in using coconut oil to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Most of these reports focus on the action of ketones, which indeed offer great promise for Alzheimer’s sufferers. But what has NOT made it into mainstream media reports, is how we have come to have so many of our seniors develop Alzheimer’s in the first place. There is now good evidence that the low-fat diet theory is partly to blame, as well as the over-perscription of statin drugs, which artificially lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is a key component to our brains, comprising 25% of its mass. The lipid theory of heart disease is crumbling fast, leaving a terrible carnage in its path, as people wake up to the fact that the highly profitable statin drugs might just be the biggest medical scam of our generation.
The harm of low-fat high-carbohydrate diets in cholesterol uptake in the brain (more…)
According to the figures, some 20 million Americans either suffer themselves from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, or have a family member who does. And as the current generation of “baby boomers” ages into its senior years, this figure is only expected to increase dramatically. But there are a number of dietary interventions you can begin taking right now to help minimize your risk of developing this horrid condition. Here are five powerful foods to help optimize your brain health and stave off dementia:
1) Coconut oil. Arguably the most effective preventive food for avoiding Alzheimer’s, coconut oil has a near-miraculous ability to both repair and rejuvenate the brain. Scientists have learned that brains unable to properly metabolize glucose require a special compound known as ketones to effectively function — and coconut oil is the richest known source of a special type of fat that is converted directly into ketones upon consumption. Known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), these powerful substances help to eliminate the amyloid plaques in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer’s, as well as facilitate the restoration of a healthy brain. (more…)
The tendency to eat one or two large meals per day of all the wrong foods is what eventually leads us to tip the scales. You need to consume more meals, and of the right foods to weigh less. If you make one weight loss resolution in 2013 (in addition to exercise), make it to include and frequently consume the following 25 foods above all else. * Signifies sources should be organic to minimize pesticide load and maxmize nutrient content. (more…)
While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves. Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.
Some examples of “good” saturated fat include (more…)
Contrary to popular belief, not all fat is bad for your health. Many fats, in fact, actually promote healthy weight maintenance and a well-functioning cardiovascular and nervous system, among many other benefits. But with so much misinformation out there about the nature of fats and oils, it can be difficult for many people to make sense of the issue, to the detriment of their own health.
To help simplify the matter, here are some helpful tips for choosing the best edible oils for your health: (more…)
The ongoing battle of the bulge, while once considered primarily a matter of vanity, may actually be one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dying from a multitude of causes (i.e. all-cause mortality), but especially heart attack.
Some studies have even revealed that abdominal obesity, known clinically as central obesity, and which is measured by the hip-to-waist ratio, may be more important than blood lipids, i.e. “cholesterol,” in determining heart attack risk. 
So, with this in mind, the following 6 “diet tips,” take on even greater relevance to your overall health. (more…)
I haven’t had a cold in over 5 years. Just when I feel as though I’m coming down with something, the scratchy, sore throat symptoms….gone the next morning! I also used to get these little blisters on the bottom of my right foot. Someone told me they are some sort of herpes virus. Since using the coconut oil I don’t get these annoying little things. Usually they would surface in the summer or when the weather turned warm. But I realized this fall that I hadn’t been bothered this past summer. I believe that the coconut oil really helps ward off the virus. I also have hepatitis C and my viral counts are so low that they are almost in the undetected category. I don’t even worry about this anymore. Nancy (more…)