The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

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The coconut tree. Yes, that is correct my friends, el tree de coconut.

The tree gives us the coconut, and the coconut gives us the coconut oil.

DING DING DING! We have a winner.

It’s one of the under-recognized champions of health. It might be surprising for you to know the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has some pretty amazing health benefits such as:

  • Promoting heart health

  • Promoting weight loss

  • Supporting immune health

  • Supporting a healthy metabolism

  • Providing you with an immediate energy source

  • Keeping your skin healthy and youthful

  • Supporting proper thyroid function

Wow, look at you go coconut oil. Is there some sort of secret ingredient it has that other saturated fats don’t? Actually…there is. And this is one secret that shouldn’t be kept quiet!

The Not So Secret, Secret

50% of the fat content in coconut oil is fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Your body converts this acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa goods. Monolaurin is a monoglyceride that can actually DESTROY lipid coated viruses such as:

  • HIV, herpes

  • Measles

  • Influenza

  • Various pathogenic bacteria

  • Protozoa such as giardia lamblia (type of parasite)

It’s clear this little “miracle” ingredient packs some unique health-promoting properties. And it just so happens that coconut oil contains the more lauric acid than any substance on Earth! But wait, there’s more.

Medium-Chain Fatty Acids

Coconut oil is made up of 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) also called medium-chain tryglycerides (MCTs). We’ll just call them MCTs for now, keep it simplified. These MCT’s produce a whole host of health benefits as well. Coconut oil also happens to be the richest source of MCT’s on Earth, go figure. Here’s why you should care:

MCT’s are small – so they are able to permeate cell membranes easily

They’re easily digested, putting less strain on your digestive system

They’re sent directly to your liver where they are immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fat

They help stimulate your body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss

Notable & Beneficial Facts

In Relation to Diabetes

  1. Coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. It acts on your body like a carb – without any debilitating insulin related effects.

  2. Added to the diets of diabetics and pre-diabetics, coconut oil has actually been shown to help stabilize weight gain, which can dramatically decrease your likelihood of getting adult onset type-2 diabetes.

In Relation to Metabolism

  1. Due to its metabolic effect, coconut oil increases the activity of the thyroid. And you’ve probably heard that a sluggish thyroid is one reason why some people are unable to lose weight, no matter what they do.

  2. Besides weight loss, there are other advantages to boosting your metabolic rate. Your healing process accelerates. Cell regeneration increases to replace old cells, and your immune system functions better overall.

In Relation to Skin

  1. When used as lotion, coconut oil helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.

  2. It is considered an anti-oxidant.

  3. When coconut oil is absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep your connective tissues strong and supple.

  4. It aids in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making your skin smoother.

In Relation to Your Kitchen

  1. Coconut oil is a great alternative when your recipe calls for higher cooking temperatures.

  2. The rich content of the MCTs in coconut oil make it an ideal ingredient for your favorite smoothie. You’ll get an added boost in energy and great taste as well.

  3. Coconut oil works great to create a non-stick cooking surface. Use a small amount to lightly coat the bottom of a skillet or pain and enjoy eggs that don’t stick to the pan.

  4. Add a spoonful of coconut oil to your tea. Let it melt and enjoy a mild flavor enhancer.

  5. Coconut oil adds great flavor and texture to homemade salad dressing. It provides a smooth flavor enhancement without being overbearing.

P.s. – It’s recommended you get 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day to fully experience its beautiful plethora of health benefits! I hope I’ve got you sold after reading this post J go koo-koo for coconuts!

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