Coconut & Health

Coconut is an excellent food source to boost up immunity as it has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. It is an excellent natural food for preventing from diseases such as influenza, herpes, urinary tract infections, gonorrhoea, bronchitis and many other such ailments produced by microbes.

Alzheimer’s disease
Research shows that Alzheimer’s diseases results from an inability of the brain to process glucose, which leads to cell death. But brain has another source of energy, ketones which are produced from mid chain triglycerides present in coconut oil. A Florida doctor was able to reverse her husband's Alzheimer's disease just by giving him four teaspoons of coconut oil per day. In the course of a year he not only regained the ability to exercise and to care for himself, but his brain atrophy was completely halted.

Osteoporosis
Eating coconuts also supports normal development of strong and healthy bones and teeth. It helps body to absorb calcium and magnesium properly. It is an excellent food that prevents osteoporosis. It is a healthy alternative for individuals who are lactose intolerant and want to keep their bones and teeth healthy.

There are different coconut products like coconut water, coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut meat and coconut kefir which have a variety of health benefits associated to them.
Coconut water
It is a clear fluid that is present inside the whole green coconuts. Coconut water is a health drink as it contains 60 calories, no fat, a gram of protein and about 15 grams of carbohydrates. Many athletes are using coconut water to replenish lost water, minerals and glycogen during heavy exercise. It is an excellent source to hydrate body without depleting important minerals.

A study published in the West Indian Medical Journal looked at whether coconut water is effective in treating high blood pressure which found that coconut water helps in lowering cholesterol and due to the presence of potassium it also helps in controlling blood pressure.

It is also used for best hangover prevention. It gives amazing results if you drink coconut water after having two or three drinks.

Coconut water was also extensively used in the pacific during World War II. Since blood plasma supply was scarce, it was commonly used by the doctors to siphon pure coconut water from young coconuts to be used as emergency blood plasma transfusions for the injured soldiers.

Coconut oil
In the 1940′s farmers tried coconut oil to fatten their animals but discovered that it made them lean and active and increased their appetite. Many studies have been done and it is found that coconut oil helps in weight loss. It consists of a type of fat called as medium chain triglycerides which are differently metabolized than other oils. Coconut oil helps to increase good cholesterol that is HDL- high density lipoproteins and also adds anti-oxidants in your body to prevent the damage produced by free radicals. It helps to detoxify your skin and offers hydration and antioxidant benefits that help you to look healthy and young. It also helps to slow down the process of ageing by providing antioxidants.

Another important benefit of coconut oil is that it helps in protecting teeth from bacterial infection that may cause cavities. Simply rub teeth with fresh coconut oil and it helps to make your teeth stronger and healthier.

Coconut oil is also used in vegetable shortening, non-dairy creamers, baked goods. It is also used in shampoos, lotions, soaps and other cosmetics.

Coconut Kefir
Coconut kefir, is also known as drinkable yoghurt. It is fermented with probiotic bacteria and is used to improve digestive functions. It also helps in boosting up the immunity and helps in weight management.

Coconut Flour
Coconut flour is an effective alternative for diabetic individuals. Studies have shown that coconut flour may be added to baked items to lower the glycemic index in diabetic patients.

Coconut Meat

The creamy coconut meat that lines the interior of the nut’s hard outer shell is eaten raw or used to flavour ice-cream, confectionary products and baked goods. Dried coconut meat, or copra is rich in fat which is known as lauric acid. This type of fat is easily absorbed by the human body and is used to obtain quick energy.