Recently while shopping for groceries at a local store I was asked by a shopper why I was buying coconut oil. She must have noticed I had 2 large jars of it in my cart. I had no problem telling her about the health benefits of coconut; how amazing it was for skin, for viruses and how it was probably the healthiest oil to cook with. Always look for “organic virgin coconut oil” as it is the least processed, healthiest kind – it should smell and taste like coconut.
One of the most satisfying aspects of my nutrition business is telling my clients about coconut oil. I often hand out free samples of it at my lectures and presentations. If you’ve done any reading on the internet about this amazing food, you’ll no doubt have read some extracts from Bruce Fife’s books. He is called “Dr. Coconut” and has been researching this amazing food for a long time.
There are many reasons to use coconut oil. Here are just a few:
- Helps boost nutrient absorption – a study showed babies absorbed nutrients better when they were fed coconut oil.
- Provides an energy boost – this food is good news for athletes…this oil is great for them because it provides energy quickly. In addition, some even find that consuming coconut oil at night even keeps them awake, due to a sudden burst of energy.
- Helps support weight loss - Coconut oil is less likely to store as fat, as it is processed in the liver for almost instant energy. In addition, on a per gram basis, coconut oil yields less than the standard 9 calories per gram that most fats do.
- Fights viruses, yeasts, etc. – Coconut oil contains several medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which easily break down in the body. These triglycerides break down into monoglycerides such as caprylic and lauric acid. These fats are absorbed into the cell wall of viruses and fungus, and then disrupt this lipid membrane causing it to burst.
- Neurological disorders – Perhaps the biggest gift to health that coconut oil can offer is how it can help reverse Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other neurological disorders such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, MS, Parkinson’s, macular degeneration, autism, etc.
Thanks to Dr. Mary Newport, who saved her husband from the ravages of advanced Alzheimer’s in 2008, we know so much more about how coconut and MCTs produce ketones through the liver. These ketones then nourish brain cells which have lost their ability to use glucose. Some researchers are now calling Alzheimer’s a “diabetes of the brain“.
Perhaps we need to steer more research into how brain cells lose their ability to use glucose. A team of researchers started studying the link between ketones and cognitive impairment about 10 years ago, so this theory is really not that new.
Just a note of caution: If you are planning to introduce this remedy to someone you know who has Alzheimer’s or some other neurological disorder, please check with their primary health care practitioner first. In addition, this oil may cause some gastrointestinal upset initially. It is best to start with small amounts such as a teaspoon and then work up to several tablespoons throughout the day. Please see Mary Newport’s website mentioned earlier in my blog where she describes her husband’s current coconut oil/MCT protocol. Please note as well, that this remedy may not be effective for everyone with a neurological disorder.
Coconut oil can be used in many recipes that call for butter or other saturated fats. It works well in baked goods such as cookies and cakes and also fries well for omelettes, and other pan fried or sautéed foods.
What about you? Have you tried coconut oil for any health ailments? Have you heard anyone with positive results from using it to help AD? I’d love to hear from you. And, don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.
Until next time,