The Wonders of Coconut  Oil 


Coconut oil is truly the essence of a healthy fat. It
is especially important at this time of year to boost the immune system and defeat  viruses as we are face cold and flu season.

Coconut is nature’s number one source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), a group of fats that are absorbed into metabolically active cells, which use them for energy, growth, and repair, according to Mary Enig, PhD, author of Know Your Fats. MCFA’s neutralize damaging free radicals and reduce cellular inflammation.

To use coconut oil, just melt the oil by microwaving for 30 seconds, put in your hot tea, coffee, or hot water and let it melt. (Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature.) It can be substituted for other fats in baking (use the same amount as with butter, etc.), used in homemade salad dressings (use 1/2 the amount of the oil), or use topically by rubbing it into the skin or hair. It is far less expensive than “cosmetic” creams, and extremely non-toxic. Remember what I’ve said before: don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat or drink.

Now for the uses of coconut oil:
1. Coconut’s MCFA’s prompt liver cells to burn fat 50% faster than normal, thereby melting fat fast. This is especially good following the Holidays! Research has shown that adding 2 tablespoons coconut oil to your daily diet will help shed up to 24 pounds per year.

2. The MCFA’s in coconut oil rev-up the white blood cells which fight infection, plus it kills germs on contact according to research at Michigan State University. Bruce Fife, ND, author of Coconut Cures says that consuming 3 tablespoons of the oil a day can prevent winter ailments. If you do get sick, the same dose can cut the length of time you are ill.

3. Many of us suffer from dry skin patches, especially in the cold winter. This is a time of increased rashes, fine lines and wrinkles. That’s right, I said wrinkles! Dabbing coconut oil on trouble spots twice daily can conquer winter skin woes quickly—as little as a week or two! The reason is that the lauric acid in the oil cuts down on inflammation, kills the bacteria that can cause pimples and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles!

4. Our hair gets dry and cracks more easily in the winter (and even in the summer due to the sun and the chlorine in the water). Coconut oil nourishes hair follicles, destroys dandruff-causing yeast and leaves a layer of healing fatty acids on hair. Just massage 2 tablespoons coconut oil into dry hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap if lying down, and shampoo 30 minutes later or the next morning. Repeat weekly.

5. You can use coconut oil to help end fatigue. Consume 2 tablespoons per day. The MCFA’s help the thyroid gland to ramp up production of thyroxine. This is the hormone that speeds the conversion of food into energy. Also, coconut oil helps heal overworked adrenal glands (the “stress glands”) which helps their output of adrenaline which energizes the body.

6. One in three women over 45 years of age have vaginal dryness. If nothing is done to alleviate this situation, it can lead to vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse. Hilda Hutcherson, MD, author of Pleasure, recommends massaging 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil onto your vulva and labia daily. There is a bonus to this: the antifungal and antimicrobial coconut oil will help prevent or treat vaginal infections. (The oil damages latex, so don’t use it with condoms or diaphragms.)

7. The aforementioned Bruce Fife, ND has also done research which points out that coconut oil is useful in helping alcoholics and addicts to break these lethal habits. This should only be used with the help of an experienced and trained health professional, but it is really exciting. Coconut oil has an effect on the brain which defeats the need for the drug or for sugar.

8. You can use coconut oil as an inexpensive, fluoride free, and tasty toothpaste. Put a little on your brush, and it destroys the bacteria, viruses, and yeast that cause dental infections.

9. Coconut oil, because of its MCFA’s, is a great “brain food.” It supplies the fats the brain needs to function at its best. The brain needs sugar to function well, and even in a low-sugar diet, 1/4 of the sugar taken in by diet is used by the brain. Coconut oil replaces the sugar and is actually more effective in feeding brain cells. Research is investigating whether it might prevent, delay, or reverse dementia and Alzheimer’s. Mary Newport, MD has written that Alzheimer’s is a type of diabetes of the brain. She has documented cases where she has been able to reverse Alzheimer’s with coconut oil.

10. There is no better creamer for coffee (organic coffee, of course) than coconut creamer. It tastes great, has a long shelf-life, and is actually healthy for you! I use So Delicious which is available at Whole Foods and at Giant. And coconut oil is relatively inexpensive! Just make sure you use an organic, high quality blend, or that you order it from us. One good one in the store is Spectrum Organic CO. Give us a call!

Dr. Tom Baldwin

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