Coconut oil health benefits have been known for hundreds of years in traditional cultures in tropical regions of the world. Many cultures have used coconuts and coconut oil not only as food, but also as a source of health and healing.
The centuries-old use of this wonder food, its scientifically proven health benefits, and the absence of negative side effects contrast with most modern drugs and industrialized foods. You can be sure of the safety of coconut as well as coconut oil's health benefits because traditional peoples across the globe have used them safely for centuries with excellent results.
Most native people living in tropical climates had beautiful hair, soft, smooth skin, and an amazing lack of the health challenges that face man today--until they adopted much of the typical modern processed food diet. The good news is you don't have to live in the tropics to enjoy and take advantage of coconut oil's health benefits.
In this section, we'll provide you with information regarding coconut oil health benefits from scientific research as well as anecdotal evidence.
People are losing weight by adding virgin coconut oil to their diets.
Coconut oil increases the body's metabolism and therefore causes your body to burn more energy (fat) and gives you more energy to do the things you want to do!
Coconut oil is the best food source of lauric acid, second only to mother's milk! Lauric acid has many wonderful properties, among them anti-bacterial and anti-viral functions. Fats in coconut oil also enhance immune system function and help balance and normalize body lipids. Coconut oil contains health-building medium chain fatty acids.
We'll leave the rest of the benefits for the articles you see mentioned below.
The first step to fully reap coconut oil health benefits in your life and health is to eliminate all modern vegetable oils from your diet and replace them with virgin coconut oil. Making this change is well worth the effort, and the coconut oil health benefits you reap far outweigh any difficulties and challenges you might encounter in making this change.
Making this simple change relieves your body of the stress and damage provoked by the polyunsaturated acids found in the vegetable oils and the toxins also found in these oils because of their rancidity and the traces of solvents from processing.
You can find more details about this simple, natural health strategy here.
There is ample evidence in the scientific literature supporting the use of coconut oil. Health benefits of the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil are well documented. You can find good information about this at the Weston Price Foundation site. Though some of the articles there are long and somewhat complex, they are an excellent source of sound scientific facts and explanations regarding fats, oils, and their effects on our health.
There are so many coconut oil health benefits that some people think we are exaggerating when we talk about them. The truth is it's not an exaggeration. If anything, we are understating the benefits.
Studies of traditional cultures where coconut and virgin coconut oil were used as staples in the diet show great heart health, virtually no diabetes, and almost no cancer. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone could live like that!
Of course, there are other reasons we have such high levels of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, but it's worth noting that consuming virgin coconut oil isn't a cause of any of these modern plagues, and has shown positive results when used in combination with other natural means to better man's overall health.
You can find here a list of some of the many coconut oil health benefits.
Many people today find it difficult to understand how consuming fats daily can help you lose weight. This seems contrary to so much of what we read and hear in the news and on TV. But that is because the food industry and the oil industry have been responsible for most of the information that has been fed to the world through the media on this subject. They even influence what your doctor tells you.
Whole industries in third world countries were ruined while the US vegetable oil industry was promoted, and all this was done under the pretext of promoting "a heart-healthy diet." Truth be told, it's just not that way.
Coconut oil and other fats help control cravings, such as for sweets, sugar, and carbohydrates. The essential fatty acids are necessary for good health. They are not necessary evils, either. They are good for us and we should not only eat them, but ideally, we should enjoy eating them.
You can also read about my own personal weight loss experience and how adding virgin coconut oil to my diet has helped me lose weight. Stay tuned (subscribe to our RSS feed), as I should have an update written soon!
What in the world do chocolate and coconut oil have to do with each other?
In our search for a healthy chocolate bar, we discovered a way to make our own healthy chocolate, using coconut oil as one of the main ingredients. What we make is healthier, more natural, and cheaper that any kind of healthy chocolate we could buy.