Coconut Health Benefits
Coconut Health Benefits
Coconut nutritional benefits
The rich composition of the coconut is what delivers its great usefulness. It offers vitamins of group B, vitamins C, E, and H, as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and iodine. Coconut contains lauric acid, the main fatty acid in breast milk. This acid strengthens the immune system, even helping build resistance to the HIV virus.
Benefits of eating coconut
Components in coconut pulp have antibacterial, wound-healing effects. The pulp has a wonderful effect on our thyroid glands and digestive system. Coconut is a real treasure for our joints and bones. If you want to strengthen your teeth and gums, rinse it with coconut water every morning. Coconut helps reinforce the immune system.
Raw coconut benefits
There are numerous benefits in making coconut pulp a part of your everyday healthy diet. But it’s even more beneficial if eaten raw. Raw coconut pulp and water help absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. It suppresses degenerative processes, helping the body stay young longer. When used raw, coconut reduces cholesterol in the blood and cleanses the blood vessels. Coconut pulp can be used to make ear drops that relieve pain.
Health benefits of coconut water
Personally, I use coconut water every time I make my healthy shakes. Coconut water quenches thirst, restores water balance in the body, and helps defeat bladder infections. It is low-calorie and contains no harmful saturated harmful fats. This magical fluid helps improve digestion and cleanse the intestines.
Coconut meat benefits
Eating raw coconut meat will help your body stay young and healthy. Coconut meat is high in two important minerals: potassium and copper—both essential for proper fluid balance within our cells, in production of red blood cells, in better heart function, and in good muscle growth. Coconut meat is rich in the trace mineral manganese, which stabilizes blood sugar levels, supports the immune and nervous systems, and helps metabolize fats and proteins. Your body needs manganese to benefit from iron, thiamine, and vitamin E.
Most of the fat in coconut is medium-chain fatty acids. These are broken down much faster than long-chain fatty acids, so they do not contribute to high cholesterol. High in fiber, coconut adds bulk to the stool, helping your digestive tract. It’s also useful when trying to lose weight as fiber helps you feel full.
I started my raw-foods journey in 1997, and made white, young Thai coconuts, a dietary staple. Not until years later did I learn that these coconuts, right after they are harvested, are soaked for three-to-five minutes in a solution containing sodium metabisulfite. The food industry uses this chemical as a preservative and as a bleaching agent. It helps coconuts survive the long trip from Thailand, halts fungus and mold, and stops husks from turning brown. Was I disturbed? Somewhat. But a different perspective helped.
Nothing is without toxins. Everything you buy at a store can raise red flags. That’s the nature of raw foods. They spoil fast. Even if you grew all of your own food in a place you could guarantee is pristine, those foods would still leave metabolic waste in your body. That’s why my emphasis is on the raw-food lifestyle, and on its cleansing nature. I believe our bodies can cleanse themselves daily of the toxins to which we’re subjected by the very fact of living. Once I learned the coconuts I love might contain toxins, I didn’t take the to a scientific laboratory to test. No, the very fact of my eating them for many years was enough to convince me that they are harmless. I’d been a guinea pig. I am happy to report that I have suffered nothing adverse.
I believe that the coconut shells are thick enough to prevent toxins from penetrating the meat and liquid. Some people who have tested them scientifically confirm this is indeed the case, and you can find their statements on the internet. I consume white coconuts daily. I plan to keep doing so. If you’re not comfortable with them, you might be able to ship your coconuts in from Florida or Hawaii. That’s your call. I rely on my cleansing lifestyle to keep me healthy.
Coconut oil benefits
Natural, food-grade, cold-pressed coconut oil is a fantastic, multi-functional beauty and health product for external use. It is hypo-allergenic, with no side effects. This grade of oil is more expensive, but much more useful than hot-pressed oil.
Coconut oil nourishes and strengthens the hair structure, making it elastic, smooth, and silky. It also helps to eliminate dandruff. Apply it, massaging your head and hair to double the effect. It softens and heals your skin, soothes it, and reduces wrinkles. Coconut oil well addresses peeling of the face, body, and lips, and helps fading skin. It kills fungi and helps to cope with other skin diseases such as dermatitis, psoriasis, etc.
The oil is quite greasy. Thus, a small amount is enough for your entire face. Do not apply a thick layer and try not to apply a lot on the T-zone. Pay more attention your drier areas.
Some people use coconut oil to get an amazing and even tan, applying it all over the body before suntanning. Though coconut oil does weaken the effect of ultraviolet light, I do not advise to suntan for more than 15 minutes, as sun exposure will only serve to accelerate the aging process.
Coconut is widely used in a host of human activities. It’s greatly beneficial to eat raw coconut pulp and to drink coconut water on an empty stomach. Its unique properties are sure to make a powerful impact on your health and beauty.