The Coconut, a Tropical Triple Threat
A new study showing that coconut oil prevents tooth decay has added to the recent enthusiasm for all things coconut.
Supermodel Miranda Kerr tipped our curiosity in virgin coconut oil when she stated that she would not go a day without it. “I personally take four teaspoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea”, Kerr said.
So of course people scurried to their local markets to buy the new answer to the fountain of youth, but does all the hype about this oil and its hot new sister coconut water, stand up to the test?
The Many Benefits of Coconut
Researchers in Ireland say that a form of coconut oil can thwart off tooth decay. The oil is treated with enzymes and said to attack Streptococcus bacteria. Dr Damien Brady suggested “Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products” as an alternate option to uses chemicals in toothpaste and such.
AIT’ study also found that this enzyme-modified oil would work against Candida.
For years we have been told that coconut oil would contribute to artery-clogging, but now studies show that it may in fact be heart-friendly along with a handful of other health benefits.
To quote Dr Joseph Mercola who blogs for the Huffington Post, “For more than 60 years, health officials and the media have warned that saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, including high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.”
“It may surprise you to learn that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil is actually good for you and provides a number of profound health benefits, including improving heart health, supporting your immune system, boosting your thyroid and improving your skin.
“Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a ‘miracle’ compound that your body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties,” says Dr Mercola.
Organic virgin coconut oil, which has not been chemically treated, is the best kind in terms of health perspective.
A diet rich in coconut oil can reduce the risk of onset Type 2 diabetes by working against insulin resistance and help from increasing visceral fat . This is a terrific discovery since we know that obesity and insulin resistance play a huge part in the development of Type 2 diabetes.
“Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, analgesic and fever-reducing properties, is an exceptional healing agent and is fat-burning,” says Mr. Ji, founder of United States natural medicine database, who believes this tropical oil is rarely appreciated as it ought to be.
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Coconut Water or Fresh Filtered Water?
Coconut oil and coconut milk are extracted from the meat of ripe coconuts from palm trees, while coconut water is the liquid from green coconuts.
Matthew McConaughey is just one celebrity was has invested in the coconut water craze -with sales in the US and Europe rising to well above $365 million in 2012.
Because if its phenomenal compatibility to the body’s hydration needs, coconut water has even been used for IV hydration of critically ill people in remote locations in the world.
Recent research also found that it coconut water contains blood sugar lowering properties”, says Mr. Ji .
Coconut water contains a lot of potassium which is needed for a healthy heart and also to regulate blood pressure among other things. Dietician Andrea Giancoli told NPR, ” Coconut water is not “magical and there’s plenty of potassium in a healthy diet.”
High Power Hydration or Hype?
In Australia they say coconut water is the purest drink next to water itself…loaded with electrolytes, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Download the Nutrition Facts from the Coconut Research Center here.
Sydney Morning Herald
Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics