more to coconut oil than being a mere ingredient for cooking.
years of receiving brickbats as a supposedly questionable food item, coconut oil
it seems, is in for a renaissance. Yes, the "oil of life" has since
been rediscovered as truly healthful for the body --- regardless of what other
"oil" advocates might say. However, coconut oil never really
disappeared as it still remains one of the most economically important oils in
the world up to the present.
coconut oil has also evolved. Unlike before when it was marketed as a slightly
yellowish and smelly (in a good way!) liquid the sanitary standards of which are
questionable; today's coconut oil has since benefited from improved
technology, marketing and packaging.
is evident in the virgin coconut oil that is becoming increasingly popular. The
cold-press method which is now being utilized in the production of most virgin
coconut oil products, retains most of its vitamins, minerals and nutrients, thus
enabling coco oil to become even more healthful. Also, a lot of therapeutic and
even folk-medicinal claims about virgin coconut oil are surfacing. Although they
have yet to be medically validated, testimonies as to virgin coconut oil's
efficacy are slowly gaining adherents.
a list of the purported benefits of virgin coconut oil as gleaned from the book
The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil by Bruce Fife N.D. The book states that both
medical research and clinical observations have shown that medium-chain fatty
acids from coconut oil may provide a wide range of health benefits.
oil kills viruses that cause mononucleosis, influenza, hepatitis C, measles,
herpes, AIDS and other illnesses. It also kills bacteria that cause
pneumonia, ear ache, throat infections, dental cavities, food poisoning,
urinary tract infections, meningitis, and gonorrhea.
kills fungi and yeast that cause candida, jock itch, ringworm, athlete's
foot, thrush, diaper rash and other infection.
or kills tapeworms, lice giardia, and other parasites.
a source of quick energy. It boosts energy and endurance enhancing physical
and athletic performance.
stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems of the body. It reduces symptoms
associated with pancreatitis.
skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. It also helps control dandruff.
It promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
one to look and feel younger. Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots,
as well as provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet
radiation from the sun.
loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate. Helps prevent obesity
and overweight problems.
heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke and high blood pressure.
prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
as a protective antioxidant. Coconut oil helps protect the body from harmful
free-radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
no harmful or discomforting side effects and is completely non-toxic to