To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize.
Research has finally uncovered the secrets to this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), these unique fats include:
- Caprylic acid
- Lauric acid
- Capric acid
And around 62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these 3 healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat.
Most of the fats that we consume take longer to digest, but MCFAs found in coconut oil provide the perfect source of energy because they only have to go through a 3 step process to be turned into fuel vs. other fats go through a 26 step process!
Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in plant based oils, MCFAs are:
- Easier to digest
- Not readily stored as fat
- Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal
- Smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy
- Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat
Colorectal?cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers. Each year, there are around 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer in the United States. Almost half the patients who get this diagnosis then die of it. This is due to, among other things, the fact that conventional treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy aren?t always successful with all cancer types. On top of that, they also have various?side effects.
American?Scientists have made a discovery in a published study in the Cancer Research Journal at the University of Adelaide that the lauric acid contained in coconut oil has cancer-killing properties.?In only two?days, this component exterminated 90 percent of the cancer cells.?The experiments were performed in a Petri dish, under hermetic conditions?and were not?carried out on a living organism.
So far, the lack of financial means have prevented?further studies on the positive effect of cancer-killing coconut oil properties.?The reason for this is?that there has not been much?interest shown by the pharmaceutical companies, who obviously?want to sell their products.
But coconut oil has many other positive effects on health. The lauric acid found in coconut oil, which is actually also a component of breast milk, strengthens the immune system. According to the American Society for Nutrition, several studies have shown that coconut oil protects you from other?diseases and it can even cure them. It has proven particularly useful with?osteoporosis, viral diseases (for example, hepatitis C, herpes), gallbladder infections, ?Alzheimer?s, chronic illnesses?and cancer. Furthermore, coconut oil helps to mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy.
So, coconut oil, as it turns out, is a silver bullet in combating?various diseases. But even in the cosmetics industry, it is a popular remedy for skin blemishes. In addition, many women swear by the ultimate effect it has on making?hair silky and shiny.