Coconuts Provide Necessities of Life
Coconuts is one of the trees that has benefited human immensely. In India they call coconuts Kalpa Vriksha which means ‘’the tree which provides all the necessities of life’’ this name is fitting, it is truly the tree of life. It has several health and economic values.
How To Make Coconut Oil
When coconut is pluck down from the tree, machete is used to break it. After breaking, use knife to scrape the coconut out of the shell and mash it, use a grater, like you would use for cheese.
Then put the shredded coconut in a big pot of water — a lot of water, like maybe ten times as much as the coconut — and boiled it.
Coconuts are an excellent way to get protein and natural fiber. They also have zero starch, as well as the brain-healthy nutrient, choline.
Coconut oil can be used both internally and externally. It is used for makeup as a base, and as a skin and hair conditioner. Warm coconut oil can cure dry and damaged hair.
Coconut oil is also useful when you cook with it because it, slows down the digestion of food, which helps you feel fuller after you eat.
It also stabilizes blood-sugar levels, which can help people with diabetes and those who are trying to lose weight. It has also been found to help in thyroid disease and in women with symptoms associated with menopause and PMS.
Coconuts also have unique kinds of fats that you’ll find in less than a half-dozen foods anywhere in the world. They’re called medium chain fatty acids (or medium-chain triglycerides — MCTs).
These fats — capric acid and lauric acid — are very rare. They are only found in human breast milk, the milk of cows and goats, and coconut and palm kernel oil (which is not the same as palm oil). And these fats have great benefits for your brain, and are also among the heart-healthiest fats you can get from any food. MCTs reinforce your skin and strengthen your immunity to fight infection from bacteria and viruses.
MCTs also fight depression and inflammation, two major brain-robbing conditions. Scientists are studying these fats, because they also have the potential to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Animal studies have shown that these fats can protect neurons from injury and cell death.
Nursing babies get about 1 gram of lauric acid per kilogram of body weight each day. You can get about two grams of lauric acid from one tablespoon of dried coconut. Quality coconut milk will contain about three and a half grams for every two ounces. Coconut oil has almost seven grams per tablespoon.
When you consume MCTs, your body converts them into monoglycerides and medium-chain fatty acids. These fat are very different from the fats in vegetable oils. When you eat lauric acid, it boosts your immune system to help the body fight infections and diseases. Lauric acid is known to be antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.
Cosmetic companies are starting to lust after coconuts, because the oil is such an effective moisturizer and skin softener.
Coconuts Oil Nature’s Most Effective Moisturizer
The outer layer of your skin is partly made of fat. And keeping this layer water-tight and healthy not only keeps your skin firm and smooth, but it’s your best defense against all the environmental toxins and pollutants produced by the modern world.
This skin barrier is called your “acid mantle.” It’s made up of skin cells and fats called sebum that protect you from environmental dangers like toxins, viruses, bacteria and other attackers.
This barrier also works as an antioxidant. It protects skin from water loss, and it maintains the correct hardness of the water-holding protein, keratin, in your skin.
MCTs in coconut oil reinforce your protective skin barrier and increase the proteins that hold onto water.
What MCTs also do is help maintain your skin’s pH balance. In order to stay water-tight and healthy, your skin needs to be slightly acidic (which is why the barrier is called an “acid” mantle). These MCTs have an alkalizing effect in your body as well.
The problem with many so-called “mild” soaps and commercial products is that they damage your skin barrier by stripping away too much of your fatty sebum. What’s worse is that they reverse your skin’s natural pH so it’s no longer mildly acidic.
These products then leave your skin open to infection, unable to retain moisture. That means you’re more prone to developing rashes and breakouts.
Also, most cosmetics loosen your keratin fibers, creating gaps in the protective covering, so they can artificially hydrate your skin.
This looks good for a little while. But when the artificial hydration wears off, it makes your skin even more prone to water loss, damage, infections and pollutants.
The MCTs in coconut oil react naturally with your skin, unlike many commercial products, to keep it hydrated and firm. They increase your acid mantle and keep your skin protein intact. One study showed that MCTs significantly increase skin hydration, compared with drugs and other mixtures.3
MCT fatty acids also gently dissolve dead skin cells, leaving behind a fresher, more even complexion. This will prevent wrinkles from forming and will help to soften wrinkles that are already present.
Coconut oil can penetrate underneath your protective layer, too, going deep down to heal underlying skin damage. By massaging coconut oil into your skin, you can improve the connective tissue deep below the surface. Coconut oil has been proven in clinical studies to mimic the skin’s natural repair mechanisms.
Coconut oil also protects against overexposure to the sun, which is why it’s used in suntan lotion.
Coconut oil works well as a delivery system, because MCTs like lauric acid are easily absorbed by your skin cells. Commercial skin-care products use synthetic versions of these acids, but the man-made versions aren’t even close to being as effective.
In your body, lauric acid transforms into a substance called Monolaurin, which can strengthen your immunity and fight infections from bacteria and viruses.
Lauric acid has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiprotozoal properties that help bulletproof your immune system.
Unlike longer-chain fatty acids, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are tiny enough to enter your cells’ mitochondria directly.
This means that your cells use the fat from coconut oil for energy instantly, instead of storing it for later use.
Another study found that coconut oil can help reduce the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and that people who incorporate medium-chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconut oil, into their diets can lose body fat.
It controls your hunger by leaving you feeling satisfied longer. More about that in a moment.
Coconut oil also helps improve your HDL to LDL ratio (“good” vs. “bad” cholesterol), and reduces the amount of fat your body stores.
To Be Continued