Are you looking for ways to improve your cardiovascular health, promote healthy weight loss and maximize your nutrient intake, all with one delicious and versatile fruit? We’ve long been told that coconut is bad for health due to their high fat content, but the reality is quite another story. This tasty fruit is actually PACKED with nutrients and adorned with INCREDIBLE health benefits.
Coconuts comes from the coconut palm tree that grows in tropical countries. The fruit is made up of a light green outer husk of about 1-2 inches thick enclosing a woody shell which contains white meaty fruit and sweet water. The coconuts is so rich in nutrients that it is considered a complete food. A medium sized fruit could provide you with almost all your day’s worth of essential vitamins, minerals and energy.
- High in lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid which improves cardio-vascular health.
- Excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and zinc, vital for optimal health.
- High in folates, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine, the B-complex vitamins which are essential for the body to replenish its energy stores.
- Both the water and the meat of coconuts contain potassium, which plays a role in managing blood pressure.
- Good source of fibre, which keeps your digestive system healthy and helps you combat cravings.
The Versatility of Coconuts
Coconut Meat (Copra)
Slightly sweet, delicious and nutty in flavour, you can use Copra in recipes or eat fresh. It can be sliced, shredded and dried. It can even be made into a flour to be used in baking as a healthier, gluten free option to grain based flour.
This delicately flavoured liquid comes from inside the shell of a young green coconut. It can be found canned, bottled or better still, fresh straight from coconuts. It has long been used as a natural alternative to energizing sports drinks due to its high content of electrolyte minerals.
Extracted from the dried copra, it’s a cholesterol-free saturated fat, widely used in cooking, health foods and beauty products. The nutritional benefits of this amazing oil are just starting to be widely valued and recognised.
New Study Confirms Overwhelming Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
It has been revealed that just one tablespoon of coconut oil per day can decrease waist circumference and body mass while greatly improving the cardio-vascular system. Great news for those of you who have weight issues or challenges with your cardio-vascular health.
Type 2 diabetes sufferers may also benefit from including coconut oil in their diet. A study published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice found that the medium-chain fatty acids naturally occurring in coconuts significantly improve insulin sensitivity. In addition, the antioxidant arginine, found in coconut oil, has powerful regeneration effects on the pancreatic cells, which adds to the oil’s potent anti-diabetic activity.
Physical and Mental Benefits of Eating Coconut Oil
- Substantially increases HDL (high density lipoprotein), the beneficial cholesterol which prevents the hardening and narrowing of the coronary arteries that can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. Doctors recommend a high HDL to total cholesterol ratio in the blood to prevent vessel blockage.
- Despite being high in saturated fat, coconut oil has been proven to reduce ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. A study published in ISRN Pharmacology found that eating coconut oil resulted in both a reduction of visceral fat around the waist and a boost in good (HDL) cholesterol.
- The liver can easily absorb the coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids, and convert them to ketones in the body. These ketones provide an alternative energy source for the brain, helpful to people who suffer from memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- A study published in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine in January 2015 demonstrates coconut oil’s anti-stress and anti-depressant properties. Researchers observed the effects of virgin coconut oil on stress-induced mice and noted a reduction in cortisol levels. The anti-depressant effects of coconut oil are due to its high content of polyphenols and medium-chain fatty acids.
The Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water
Coconut water has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity of late due to its many health benefits. It is a great source of potassium, which your body needs to maintain fluid balance in the body. Potassium is also plays a role in insulin secretion, helping to control blood sugar levels. This makes it a good choice for diabetics, and anyone looking to reduce their consumption of sugary drinks. When choosing which water to buy, make sure you read the label — avoid those with added sugar and juice; which are no better than other sugary drinks. Pure, organic coconut water will keep you refreshed and improve your health!
Super Food and Super Delicious
Powerfully beneficial for both mind and body, coconut deserves a Super Food status. And with so many different ways to consume this delicious fruit, how are you going to include it in YOUR diet? Will you be going nuts for coconuts?