In this page we'll feature a comprehensive list of coconut oil health benefits. We'll list some life-saving and disease preventing methods of using this amazing superfood. And we'll also cover some opportunities to eliminate chemicals used everyday on cleaning and hygienic tasks, by replacing them with coconut oil.
But I'll lead off this page with an important disclaimer. You'll find it in the call out box just below this paragraph. Following that block and the image, I'll tell you about an issue I've encountered for years and finally found an effective way to solve the problem.
I've dealt with psoriasis for many years. It appears in the usual spots-elbows, knees, and to a smaller degree, in my scalp. The level of the condition varies with the seasons. Sun is a great natural means of reducing the psoriasis activity, but living in Michigan, we go through winter months that don't always offer too much sun. And when it is sunny, the temperature might be below freezing. Definitely not a time period that inspires going outside with a short-sleeved shirt.
I've also used a wide variety of creams, oils, and other commercial products that touted relief or even out-right cures. None of them really worked. I even went so far as to visit a dermatologist. He suggested a procedure where he injected the area with a medicine to "clear it up, once and for all."
You should know that I am someone who absolutely hates needles. I do the blood tests when required by yearly physicals. I don't like them, but I go through them.
But I did agree to try it on one elbow as he suggested. It was a small needle, but he used it about two dozen times. The results were similar to those creams, oils and elixirs mentioned above. The psoriasis just came back. It became a frustrating struggle.
There are plenty of prescription choices available. But all those products also include a long list of possible side effects, most of which are worse than psoriasis.
I am careful to endorse any product. I want to be sure that it is truly effective before suggesting it. I can honestly tell you that the best treatment for psoriasis that I've found is Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil. It is natural, it is not very expensive and it works.
I would suggest that you apply it after a morning shower. It will melt very quickly in your hands. Just apply it to the affected areas. It will quickly absorb into your skin. I saw positive results after about a week. If you'd like to purchase this product, please click the link below. You'll see several vendors. I use the one with lowest cost, including shipping.
There are various causes for psoriasis. I know that I will need to continue to use this product. But the results have been remarkable so far. Without question this is the best solution I've found. I definitely recommend it. In the next section I'll include more coconut oil health benefits.
Coconut oil contains "medium-chain" fatty acids which are quickly converted to ketones by our liver. The body uses ketone as fuel to improve the effectiveness of various systems in our bodies. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid. When you eat foods containing coconut oil, this lauric acid actually kills harmful pathogens, potentially preventing illness and infection.
As I've written in other pages, our brains actually produce insulin. Alzheimer's disease victims lose some of the ability to produce this insulin. Studies have shown that medium-chain fatty acids improve brain function in Alzheimer's patients by adding this influx of ketones into blood levels which supplies added energy to brain cells.
Another coconut oil health benefit is in the ares of kidney and liver function. We already mentioned that our liver is able to convert medium chain fatty acids into fuel right away. Coconut oil helps to protect our liver. It has also been shown to clear up urinary tract and kidney infections.
This next coconut oil health benefit offers incredible opportunities for millions of people. Cancer cells are gluten dependent. They thrive on glucose, but cannot create any energy from ketones. Those medium-chain fatty acids also gobble up some of the bacteria known for promoting stomach cancer.
Sugar not only feeds cancer cells, but it also adds power to bacteria and parasites that make us sick. That lauric acid in coconuts will work against those parasites. When you start to feel sick add in a tablespoon of coconut oil, twice per day. Even better make use of this powerful coconut oil health benefit and add it to food as a source of prevention.
Coconut oil is easy to digest so it reduces cases of ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers. If you are following the Mediterranean diet, your increased omega 3 foods will team up with coconut oil to offer added health benefits.
Try swishing a little coconut oil around in your mouth for a few minutes each day. This process call "oil-pulling" will fight gum disease and tooth decay. The video at the end of this page will go into this a little bit more.
We have an entire section devoted to type 2 diabetes. This disease is a launching pad to so many deadly conditions. Diabetics are usually insulin resistant which means their cells no longer take in glucose thereby forcing the pancreas to work much harder and produce excess glucose.
A huge coconut oil health benefit is the ability of those medium-chain fatty acids to provide a non-glucose form of energy, which keeps the pancreas healthy and helps to block off type 2 diabetes. Diet and exercise once again come to the forefront in our natural defense against disease.
* Another coconut oil health benefit is that when eaten it burns up more calories in a 24 hour period. This is where the weight-loss effectiveness comes into play.
* Use coconut oil as a replacement for very dangerous hydrogenated oils when cooking. Coconut oil doesn't breakdown at high heat like many other oils do.
* Use it as a skin moisturizer. In the cold winter months when skin dries out and cracks, applying coconut oil will relieve the irritation. If you have cracked heels on your feet, apply it there as well.
* Another coconut oil health benefit concerns insect bites and bee stings. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, which accounts for it's cardiovascular system value. But it also helps with bites and stings. Apply some to the injured area and cover it with a bandage.
* Use it as a natural lip balm to soothe chapped lips. Warm it up in your hand and it will glide onto chapped lips providing relief. Natural is always better than chemicals.
There are dozens of uses beyond these listed as coconut oil health benefits. I will provide a full page of other amazing uses of this product. The big takeaway from this page is that coconut oil can safely, naturally heal and protect various systems in our bodies. Please check out the nine minute video just below for some more ideas.
We are what we eat. Anytime we can replace chemicals and crops doused in toxic pesticides with real foods that are inflammation fighters, antioxidant providers and pain and discomfort removers, we need to make that switch.